BCBA Exam Questions

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a certification of graduate-level in behavior analysis. The BCBA certified professionals are the practitioners who work independently towards providing behavior-analytic services. But before reaching that level, you must clear the compulsory exam first. Here, this practice test has more than 150 questions of the same. So, you can practice hard with this BCBA exam test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Telling a consumer that if he doesn’t agree to a procedure, a more restrictive one will be used violates the element of                                                                                         
    • A. 

      Adequate information

    • B. 

      Capacity

    • C. 

      Voluntariness

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    What are the elements required for consent?                                                    
    • A. 

      Capacity, information, voluntariness

    • B. 

      Capacity, willingness, voluntariness

    • C. 

      Information, capacity, receptive language

    • D. 

      Intelligence, freedom of choice, capacity

  • 3. 
    Of the following, the least important type of outcome to be encouraged are those that
    • A. 

      Support and facilitate relationships

    • B. 

      Result in obedience to requests to complete tasks

    • C. 

      Enhance participation in the community

    • D. 

      Strengthen natural family and community life experiences

  • 4. 
    In a consent form, you should include all of the following except                                                                                           
    • A. 

      Procedures which have little chance of being effective

    • B. 

      The risks and benefits of proposed and viable alternative procedures

    • C. 

      The prerogative of the consumer to withdraw consent

    • D. 

      Viable psychopharmacological interventions that may be effective

  • 5. 
    Baseline should                                                                             
    • A. 

      Not be conducted if the delay in treatment poses an unacceptable risk

    • B. 

      Be level or have an improving trend before implementing the intervention

    • C. 

      Be conducted for three days to two weeks

    • D. 

      Always be conducted, except when the behavior is worsening

  • 6. 
    Of the following, the most appropriate procedure for self-injurious behavior (SIB) is characterized by                                                                                                                        
    • A. 

      No empirical basis, minimallly restrictive, substantial social validity

    • B. 

      Empirical basis, moderately restrictive, moderate social validity

    • C. 

      No empirical basis, least restrictive, substantial social validity

    • D. 

      Empirical basis, highly restrictive, moderate social validity

  • 7. 
    Practitioners should refer to another professional                                                              
    • A. 

      When they do not have the skills needed to address the problem

    • B. 

      When the problem is more psychological in nature

    • C. 

      If the person is currently receiving psychotropic medication

    • D. 

      Where the problem is life threatening

  • 8. 
    Before implementing behavior change procedures,                                                                                                                                 
    • A. 

      There must be documented evidence of the need for behavior change

    • B. 

      The consumer must understand the procedure to be used

    • C. 

      The consumer must sample the positive reinforcement to be used, but not necessarily the punishment

    • D. 

      Interobserver agreement data must be collected and support the need for behavior change

  • 9. 
    Graphs illustrating consumer behavior can be shared with      
    • A. 

      The consumer, as long as he is likely to understand it

    • B. 

      Individuals for whom consent to share has been obtained

    • C. 

      Individuals who understand data interpretation

    • D. 

      Only the consumer and the practitioner's supervisor

  • 10. 
    Ahmed had always been fascinated by psychology and took a special undergraduate track that prepared him to sit for the assistant's test offered by the BACB.  He earned good grades and excelled at doing descriptive functional assessments in his practicum.  When he got his first job, he discovered that one of his student clients in an elementary school was a Sunni Muslim.  Ahmed mentioned this to his parents, who were irate and insisted that he refuse to associate in any way with this student of a rival religious sect.  Ahmed is in a very sensitive situation.  How should he handle this?
    • A. 

      Refuse to provide treatment to the family based on religion

    • B. 

      Refer the family to another BCBA

    • C. 

      Continue to work with the family only if they agree to not express their religion in front of you

    • D. 

      Continue to work with the child but only without the family present

  • 11. 
    Steven J. is a BCBA who works with clients who live in a group home.  He also works with clients in the sheltered workshop they attend during the day.  Steven takes data on vocational skills as well as any inappropriate behaviors occurring in the work setting.  He is responsible for the behavioral component of the annual Habilitation Plan, and he updates annual assessments.  Steven does not have an office in his home so, he has been given some file drawers in the special education teacher's classroom at the sheltered workshop.  He keeps all of his assessment results and raw data there.  The teacher locks her classroom door when she leaves for the day so that the file drawers are safe. Does Steven's system of keeping records meet ethical guidelines?
    • A. 

      Yes, confidentiality is protected because the teacher locks the door

    • B. 

      Yes, but only if Steven has the only key to the file drawers

    • C. 

      No, files may only be kept in the BCBAs office

    • D. 

      No, Steven should keep his files at home

  • 12. 
    Dr. Stuart W., a BCBA-D, has been working on Tom's behavioral issues for two years.  Tom lives in a supported living apartment in the community, and he works at a job with supervision from vocational rehabilitation.  Dr. W.'s data shows that Tom frequently arrives late or completely misses work.  Tom would rather stay home and sleep; a variety of incentive programs have been ineffective.  Dr. W. is wondering if Tom would benefit from counseling.  He has a friend and colleague who is a counselor; he plans is to invite his colleague to lunch and tell him about Tom.  Can Dr. W. ethically talk to another professional about Tom to determine if the person would consider taking Tom as a client?
    • A. 

      Yes, as long as he has written consent from Tom or his guardian.

    • B. 

      Yes, because he is doing this to help Tom.

    • C. 

      No, if Tom needs a counselor he should call one himself.

    • D. 

      Yes, but only if he has his colleague sign a confidentiality agreement.

  • 13. 
    Juan, a BCBA has done an assessment on Carl, a 6-year-old boy, and determined that Carl's face-slapping is maintained by automatic reinforcement.  In his professional opinion, Carl's face-slapping is serious enough to warrant a punishment procedure.  When Carl slaps his face, Juan wants Carl's hands to be firmly pulled away from his face and for the therapist to say in a loud voice, "No!"  What must Juan do before implementing this intervention?
    • A. 

      Get consent from Carl's parents.

    • B. 

      Include reinforcement procedures for alternative behaviors in the plan

    • C. 

      Tell Carl that if he doesn't stop slapping his face, they will have to use punishment

    • D. 

      A and B

  • 14. 
    Dr. Lora Y is a BCBA-D who supervises master's students in their practicum at some of the schools where she consults.  Dr. Y. is "old school" when it comes to feedback and feels that natural consequences of behavior should be the primary shaping tool for graduate students - that is the way it was in her day.  Lois, one of Dr. Y's students, is a "new school" behavior analyst; she loves the field and thrives on feedback.  She will often seek feedback from Dr. Y. immediately following a day at the school.  "You're doing fine" is the extent of Dr. Y's feedback to Lois.  Lois isn't seeking reassurance or comfort; she wants specific feedback so she can improve.  What should Lois do?
    • A. 

      Go directly to Dr. Y's supervisor to share her concerns.

    • B. 

      Ask for a new practicum supervisor.

    • C. 

      Ask Dr. Y for more specific feedback - "is there anything I need to work on"

    • D. 

      Assume everything is fine unless Dr. Y says otherwise.

  • 15. 
    Peter B. received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and was quickly hired by a large online retailer to improve productivity in the shipping department.  After making informal observations over a 3-week period, Peter recommended that the company institute a work enhancement system that would encourage employees to pick up the pace of packing boxes or be fired.  His estimate was that overall output could be increased by at least 15% with this "enhancement" and that this would increase the bottom line by nearly $1 million a year.  A BCBA working in the human resources department got wind of this proposal and asked to review it before it was put in place.  Why would the BCBA want to review this?
    • A. 

      Requiring employees to work faster might put the employees at risk of injury.

    • B. 

      Peter B. is not a BCBA and needs the BCBAs permission to do punishment procedures

    • C. 

      A pay-for-performance system may work better than a work or get fired system

    • D. 

      A and C

  • 16. 
    Miranda routinely went with her client on doctor visits.  On a recent trip to see the psychiatrist, Miranda was astonished to discover that 5 minutes into the appointment his head fell forward and he appeared to be asleep.  After a minute or so, the psychiatrist sat up straight and continued the conversation. It happened again, and this time was asleep for 2 minutes.  The client was unaware of what was going on, but Miranda was conflicted.  What should she do?
    • A. 

      Nothing because the psychiatrist doesn't work for Miranda or her company.

    • B. 

      Nothing because the client didn't notice anything.

    • C. 

      File a written complaint with the Board of Psychiatry.

    • D. 

      Discuss her concerns with the psychiatrist.

  • 17. 
    Dr. G was a very well-known behavior analyst with a great radio voice.  He was occasionally asked to handle questions about behavior problems on a local radio call-in show.  To make the show lively and interesting, Dr. G  took great pains to remind listeners that what he suggested was backed up by empirical research.  The show's producer prompted Dr. G. to use the caller's name when giving a reply and a warm tone.  He wanted Dr. G to say something like, "I know exactly what you are talking about, and I can understand how you feel".  Dr. G preferred a matter-of-fact approach.  What should Dr. G. do?
    • A. 

      Try to be "warmer" while maintaining his ethics and not making statements that suggest he knows more about the caller than he does

    • B. 

      Do whatever the producer says so he doesn't get fired

    • C. 

      Continue what he is doing regardless of the outcome

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 18. 
    Several years ago, some research was conducted on teaching safety skills to elementary school children.  In this research, the children were taught to cross the street safely after school.  As one can imagine, during the baseline phase in a study like this, observers might be watching children who crossed the street without looking both ways or who engaged in other unsafe behaviors.  Which ethical guideline is applicable here.
    • A. 

      If behavior analysts learn of misuse or misrepresentation of their individual work products, they take reasonable and feasible steps to correct or minimize the misuse or misrepresentation

    • B. 

      The behavior analyst reviews and appraises the restrictiveness of alternative interventions and always recommends the least restrictive procedures likely to be effective in dealing with a behavior problem.

    • C. 

      Behavior analysts are responsible for the ethical conduct of research conducted by them or others under their supervision.

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    The controlling variables of primary importance in applied behavior analysis are located in:
    • A. 

      The environment

    • B. 

      Consequences

    • C. 

      Mental states

    • D. 

      Reinforcement

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is considered a property of behavior amenable to measurement?
    • A. 

      Temporal weight

    • B. 

      Temporal locus

    • C. 

      Temporal displacement

    • D. 

      Temporal size

  • 21. 
    A _____ denotes a set or collection of knowledge and skills a person has learned that are relevant to particular settings or tasks.  
    • A. 

      Repertoire

    • B. 

      Behavior

    • C. 

      Skill

    • D. 

      Response

  • 22. 
    A behavior that is elicited by antecedent stimuli and is "brought about" by a stimulus that precedes it is:
    • A. 

      Operant

    • B. 

      Learned

    • C. 

      Respondent

    • D. 

      New

  • 23. 
    The term "contingent" as used in behavior analysis refers to the dependent relationship of a particular consequence on the occurrence of behavior and is also used in reference to the _________ contiguity of behavior and its consequences.
    • A. 

      Temporal

    • B. 

      Independent

    • C. 

      Dependent

    • D. 

      False

  • 24. 
    Answering the door when you hear the doorbell and not when it is silent is an example of behavior being under:  
    • A. 

      Simultaneous prompting

    • B. 

      Equivalence

    • C. 

      Stimulus control

    • D. 

      Premack principle

  • 25. 
    The assumption that the universe is a lawful and orderly place and that natural phenomena occur in relation to other events describes which assumption underlying the analysis of behavior?
    • A. 

      Empiricism

    • B. 

      Determinism

    • C. 

      Parsimony

    • D. 

      Philosophic doubt

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