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IAC examinations - Monitor information

The CT(IAC) Comprehensive Cytology Registry Examination. The IAC International Board of Cytopathology Examination.

The IAC has two examinations and for each examination the candidates have to apply in advance and have their application approved. The deadline for receipt of applications is always 8 weeks before the examination date. At that time we know how many people have registered for each exam. The application and payment forms are available at the IAC website.

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What the IAC needs from you in advance

Depending on the examination location the candidates may have traveled a long way to attend and may need to book flights or hotels.

The contact person should provide the IAC with the following information once the examination date has been confirmed.

What is needed at the examination site?

Examples of timing of IAC examinations

CT(IAC) Comprehensive Cytology exam

Mins Start Finish
Registration, seating and explanations 30 08:30 AM  09:00 AM
Glass slides x 30 3 minutes each 90 09:00 AM 10:30 AM Timed
Short stretch break 10 10:30 AM 10:40 AM
Visual Images x 35 1 minute each 35 10:40 AM 11:15 AM Timed
Written x 80 1 minute 80 11:15 AM 12:35 PM Own time
(No more that 80 Minutes)
245

 

IAC Cytopathology Board Exam

Mins Start Finish
Registration, seating and explanations 30
Glass slides x 30 3 minutes each 90 09:00 AM 10:30 AM Timed
Short stretch break 10 10:30 AM 10:40 AM
Visual Images x 72 1 minute each  72 10:40 AM 11:52 AM Timed if not single person
Written x 77 1 minute 80 11:52 AM 13:15 PM Own time
(No more that 80 minutes)
252

Seating arrangements for 20 or less candidates.

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Practice has shown that is it wise to set up and test each microscope the evening before.

2014 20 less Seating plan GLASS SLIDE setup

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Instructions sent to the examination candidates

Each exam candidate receives:

 

Proctor instructions for preparation and during the examination.

A package will be sent to the person responsible by courier and will contain

1

Thirty glass slides for the microscopic section of the examination Please check to see that slides arrived in good shape.

2

A CD with visual images in PowerPoint format. Please test in advance that the CD is compatible. If the CD is imported on to a Notebook the file must be deleted after use.

3

Hard copies of examination exam sheets (microscopic, visual image and written) sufficient for number of candidates accepted for the exam ALL examination papers must be returned

4

Proctor copies of the examination in the event there should be questions during the examination regarding terminology or translation of questions These copies must be returned along with all copies of the questions from the candidates.

5

Special scantron answer forms for each of the Cytotechnologist examinations, and/or Sandard answer forms for each of the Cytopathologist examinations. The header portion of the scantron form for the visual image examination is slightly different from the glass slide and written examination forms.

6

Registration/Sign-in sheet - 2 copies Please do not accept last minute candidates who have not been approved by the IAC Central Office.

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No. 2 pre-sharpened pencils to be distributed to the candidates prior to the examination Please bring a timer and a pencil sharpner

SIGNING-IN

  1. Please check the Sign-in Sheet to see if there are any notes indicating fee due, letters of recommendation due, etc.
  2. Each candidate must sign in
  3. Please remind candidates to check both the mailing address and the email address (if provided) for any corrections or changes
  4. Candidates can be seated and get comfortable at a microscope. There should be sufficient space for both exam sheet and answer sheet
  5. Answer sheets and pencils can be handed out and the top completed with name and P Number.
  6. Slides are passed out and the number noted on each scan answer sheet.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION

The candidates should be instructed to carefully fill out each circle they select on the scanning answer form. It is best to begin at the center of each circle and work outward to complete the fill-in process. The candidate should not press too heavily because the paper may be torn. If a change is made by the candidate the eraser should be used to erase as thoroughly as possible the original mark without tearing paper.

  1. The most common mistake and one that may cost the examinee to fail the exam
    • As Proctor when you pass out the microscopic glass slides please check with each candidate to see that the slide number corresponds to the case number that the candidate will use to evaluate that particular slide. The number can now be marked on each answer form.
    • ONLY ONE CANDIDATE WILL BEGIN WITH CASE NUMBER 1; ALL THE OTHER CANDIDATES WILL BEGIN THE SCANNING ANSWER FORM WITH THE NUMBER OF THE SLIDE THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN, i.e., the candidate who receives microscopic slide number 3 should begin with the history for Case number 3 and begin at Slide 3 on the scanning answer form.

The second most common mistake and one that affects all the candidates.

  1. Glass slides 1-30 are circled. The candidate is only responsible for the circled area.
  2. The candidate is given three minutes for each slide. Announce "30 seconds left" after 2 and a half minutes. Announce pass after three minutes. 
  3. As a representative of the International Academy of Cytology, and before the candidates begin the examination, it is a nice gesture to wish them Good Luck
  4. PLEASE COLLECT THE SCANNING and/or  STANDARD ANSWER FORMS AND THE MICROSCOPIC DIAGNOSTIC AND HISTORY REPORT FORMS AS SOON AS THE EXAMINATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
  5. THEN COLLECT THE 30 GLASS SLIDES. Hint: sometimes the glass slides are left on the microscope stage and sometimes they are left under the examination forms.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR VISUAL IMAGE EXAMINATION

  1. This is a multiple-choice format. THERE IS ONLY ONE BEST ANSWER. Please make this clear to the candidate. If more than one answer is selected, the candidate will not be given credit for answering even if one of the choices is correct. The candidate MUST make a selection or an educated guess for each question. If no answer is selected the question will be marked as incorrect.
  2. First show the six projected visual image slides which give the candidates information about the examination. The seventh slide is image #0. This is to acquaint the candidate with the lighting, etc. Establish the lighting using the transparency marked 0. Can the candidates see the questions and the projected visual image marked 0 at the same time? Slides numbered 1 – 35 consist of the actual examination images (numbered 1 - 72 for Cytopathology exam).
  3. One minute for each question.
  4. QUESTION TO ASK: Can you read the answer form, read the questions, and see the projected visual image well enough to complete the examination?

PLEASE COLLECT THE SCANTRON and/or STANDARD ANSWER FORMS AND THE VISUAL IMAGE EXAMINATION QUESTIONS AS SOON AS THE EXAMINATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

IF USING THE CD WITH THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION PLEASE BE SURE TO REMOVE THE DISK FROM THE COMPUTER. PLEASE DELETE THE FILE IF IT WAS COPIED TO THE DESKTOP

INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITTEN EXAMINATION

  1. This is a multiple-choice format. THERE IS ONLY ONE BEST ANSWER. Please make this clear to the candidate. If more than one answer is selected, the candidate will not be given credit for answering even if one of the choices is correct. The candidate MUST make a selection or an educated guess for each question. If no answer is selected the question will be marked as incorrect.
  2. Candidates may complete this portion of the examination at their own pace within the allotted time period of 80 minutes.
  3. Sample question - Written Cytotechnologist ExaminationQuestion written example
  4. FOR THE CYTOPATHOLOGY EXAM, the candidate must select one answer and circel his/her answer from the responses listed for each question.
  5. Each candidate is given one minute for each written question. The candidate may go at his or her own pace. It is helpful if after 40 minutes the candidates are reminded they have 40 minutes to go in the event that some candidates are slower than others.
  6. Since the written examination is given last the candidate may leave the examination site as soon as he or she has completed the examination.  Candidates are not permitted to take more that 80 minutes for the written examination. The examination questions and answer forms must be collected by the Proctor as the candidate leaves the examination room.

REMINDER:
All questions should be answered. This refers to all the examinations but is especially true for the glass slide examination.
Both Level A and Level B must be answered on the Cytotechnologist microscopic exam. The candidate should give their best guess if they do not know the answer.

EXAMINATION RESULTS
Please advise the candidates that examination results will be mailed approximately eight weeks after the examination materials are received in the IAC's offices.

Return addresses for examination materials are:
Send all exam paper materials (scantron sheets, exam questions, registration signature sheet(s) to:
Karen Gianni
2538 W Pensacola
Chicago, IL 60618 USA (pre-addressed and paid mailer/shipping label included)
Phone: 773-203-0782
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Send all glass slides, CD, pencils to:
Shirley E. Greening, MS, JD, CFIAC
IAC Registrar
337 W. Seymour Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
USA

Tel: +1 215 991 6929
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