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ASHI Standards and Ethics Examination Handbook

Examination question challenge

An Examination Question Challenge Form is given to each participant at the testing site. Should you wish to challenge any question on the exam, complete the form and submit it to the test center manager.

Only individual questions may be challenged; a failing score on the ASHI S&E EXAM is not considered grounds for challenge. Challenge forms are collected before examination scores are given. Challenge forms may not be removed from the testing room.

Challenges to questions on the ASHI Standards and Ethics Examination are reviewed within 30 days of receipt by the American Society of Home Inspectors, with the advice of its test development contractor. Should a question require modification or elimination, and if removal of the points from the Candidate’s score would affect passing the exam, the determination will be applied to the score. Challenge determinations that do not affect passing scores will not be applied, but may affect future versions of the exam.

Test center regulations

To ensure that all individuals are tested under equally favorable conditions, the following regulations and procedures are observed at each test center:

  • No personal belongings, such as briefcases, large bags, study materials, extra books or papers, electronic pages or cellular phones, are permitted in the testing room. Any such items brought into the testing room will be collected and returned after the test is completed. ASI is not responsible for lost or misplaced items.
  • No one is permitted to eat, drink, or smoke during the examination.
  • Under no circumstances will you be permitted to work beyond the time allotted for the examination. Time limits are generous; you should have ample time to answer all questions and to check all work.
  • You may not leave the room during an examination without permission from the test center manager. If you need to leave the examination for any reason, no extra time will be allowed for the examination.
  • Individuals causing a disturbance of any kind or engaging in any misconduct; giving or receiving help from other examniees; using notes, books or other aids; taking part in an act of impersonation; or removing test materials or notes from the testing room will be summarily dismissed from the examination and reported to the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors.
  • Use of calculators is not permitted.
  • Test center personnel are not familiar with the questions on the ASHI S&E EXAM and have been instructed not to attempt to assist with tested material.
Cancellations and delays

Test administrations are delayed or canceled only in emergencies. If severe weather or a natural disaster makes the test center inaccessible or unsafe, the test administration may be canceled. It is essential that examinees are notified of a cancellation of delayed start as early as possible. Listen to your local radio station(s) for announcements and information regarding severe weather conditions that may result in test delays and/or cancellations.

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