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EPPP Stress: Quash these Tall Tales

May 11, 2017


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Did you hear the one about how you can only fail the EPPP once?

Yep, if you do not hit that 450 scaled score threshold, the test administrator has the right to reach deep into your chest, pull out your frantically beating heart, and squash it like an overripe tomato.  Or, wait, maybe they just give you a piece of paper that revokes your master’s degree and your dream of ever becoming a therapist.

Implausible rumors probably start with an anxious and misguided search online.  An ambiguous phrase on a now-defunct website is misinterpreted by a desperate brain and there is nothing that your cerebral cortex can say to convince you that logically speaking, something is amiss with your information.

Rather than letting your wild-animal-trapped-in-a-corner brain make any rash decisions on your behalf, let’s turn to the authorities. 

Here is a run-down of who is who:

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) is the organization in charge of the EPPP.

Pearson VUE is the company that administers the EPPP. 

The Michigan Board of Psychology, as part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), determines the rules that govern licensing in Michigan.

Here are the facts about re-taking the EPPP:

The ASPPB EPPP Candidate Handbook (published September 2016) is clear that some jurisdictions may have specific limitation as to how soon after failing the exam you can re-take it (check with LARA for local rules).  They recommend waiting 90 days so that you can prepare to re-take the test.  The only rule stated in the handbook is that you cannot take the exam more than 4 times in any 12 month period.

There you go.  Now you can focus your energy on passing.