Considerations for Choosing a Testing Option

In-person vs. live remote proctoring for the PMHS exam

Considerations for Choosing a Testing Option

The live remote proctoring pilot concluded 12/31/2020. Please bookmark this webpage for future updates.

PNCB’s Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) exam offers two ways to test
•    In-person at a Prometric Testing Center
•    Live remote online proctoring 

Please use the following information to help you decide which testing option is best for you. For security policies and system requirements, review the ProProctor webpage and detailed ProProctor Guide. You will find many helpful FAQs as you make your decision.

Please contact if you have any questions not addressed below. 

Prometric Testing Center in-person Live Remote Proctoring virtual/online
  • Requires travel to a Prometric testing center.
  • In-person support/proctors available throughout the testing experience.
  • Appointment may be cancelled due to COVID-19 impact requiring you to reschedule.
  • No computer compatibility issues.
  • Low likelihood of IT connectivity disruption.  
  • Ability to take the exam from home or other quiet, and uninterrupted space with sufficient internet access. 
  • Support only through remote proctor (e.g., must maintain connection for support). 
  • Review complete details on specific requirements for live remote proctoring
  • Recommend an ethernet/hard wire/plugged in internet connection as opposed to a Wi-Fi connection to reduce possibility of temporary disruptions due to connectivity issues. Exams interrupted due to connectivity issues should be immediately reported to PNCB at  
  • Review the List of Appointment Issues that can cause termination of your exam or invalidate your exam results. 
  • If using a corporate computer, work network, or VPN, read Instructions for Corporate Computers


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