ARRT Limited License Exam

Rather than coming up with their own limited x-ray licensing exams, many states choose to use the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Limited Scope exam. It is currently used by 38 states).

The first 100 questions of the exam, which is called the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography state licensing exam, cover a wide variety of areas related to general radiography. Although the examination contains a total of 210 questions, there are specific instructions regarding which items to complete depending upon the category you wish to become licensed in. In other words, all candidates complete questions 1 through 100 and then each candidate also completes the questions in specific sections (such as chest, abdomen, extremities, spine, skull, etc). The major sections of the limited scope examination (100 questions) are outlined below.

CORE SECTION Number of Questions
Radiation Protection35
Equipment Operation and Quality Control12
Image Production and Evaluation38
Patient Care and Education15
Total questions for Core Section100
 
SPECIFIC RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES
Chest20
Extremities25
Skull/Sinuses20
Spine25
Podiatric Radiography20

 

All questions on the examination are multiple-choice format. Items illustrating the format are included in the Examination Handbook for the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography state licensing exam, which is sent by the ARRT to any persons whose names appear on a list submitted by their state licensing board.
You can go to the ARRT website at http://www.arrt.org/publications/Limited-scope.pdf  to see the content specifications for the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography state licensing exam. These specifications outline the material covered by the examination.
Candidates must apply directly to their own state licensing board for licensing, to schedule an examination, pay fees and receive licensing results. The state may designate an examination-processing center to handle the scheduling of examinees, the payment of examination fees and the distribution of score reports to limited scope candidates. Candidate fees are not refundable.
The ARRT will send to each candidate an Examination Handbook for the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography that outlines examination procedures and content specifications. The handbook also includes a sample Limited Scope Candidate Status Report. The status report indicates which modules (scope of practice) of the exam have been assigned for each student. This is the ARRT's only direct contact with limited scope candidates. 
ARRT will grade the examination and provide the results directly to the state board on each examination section for all limited scope candidates. The state will distribute score reports to limited scope candidates.
ARRT does not establish a pass/fail point. The state must select a passing score for licensing based upon its own concerns. However, ARRT does provide a recommended pass/fail point of 75%.