Certification Process and Exam Dates

Certification Process and Exam Dates

The ABGC Certified Genetic Counselor® Examination is a computer-based examination given at specific testing centers worldwide through our partner PSI. The examination consists of 200 questions, and candidates are given four hours to complete the examination. 

Important Note for the August 2023 Exam Cycle:

The ABGC Board of Directors wants to  thank all the candidates for their patience during the August exam cycle. The exam is currently being scored at this time, candidates can expect their score reports to be mailed from PSI the week of October 2,  2023. We ask that you allow 5 – 7 business days for receipt. If you have not received your score report by October 12, please contact ABGC directly at info@abgc.net. We cannot rush any exam scores as they will all be delivered via USPS mail.

2024 Exam Dates

Feburary 1 – 28, 2024 Testing Window

Applications are due by January 17, 2024 

August 1 – 31, 2024 Testing Window

Applications will open March 2024

Exam Fees

First-Time Applicants: $900
Repeat Applicants: $800

How to Register

  1. Navigate to the PSI website
  2. Under the "Test Takers" menu dropdown, select "Find Your Test."
  3. Type"ABGC" in the search bar. Once the search result displays, make your selection. 
  4. You will then be prompted to login or create an account to schedule your exam. 

Upon registering for your exam, all materials, including an official transcript, must be submitted online.

If you need to achieve Active Candidate Status (ACS) for purposes of state licensure, you can apply for ACS after graduating from an ACGC accredited genetic counseling program.

In-Person and Digital Exam Information 

As you're preparing for your CGC exam, review the exam procedures, rules and FAQs