Stressing over your Competency Assessment? Don’t.
Congratulations you have finished your 40-hour RBT training! Now you are ready to take your Competency Assessment. As a newly Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), I understand the stress and anxiety that comes along with the Competency Assessment. The Competency Assessment can be very intimidating.
The thought of having to role-play the competencies with an experienced BCBA made me extremely nervous.
There were so many things running through my mind. I was freaking out about everything from “what if I fail a competency?” to “what if my internet randomly goes out or my computer stops working?”.
I am here to tell you it is not nearly as bad as you are expecting. Don’t worry if you fail a competency, you can redo it at a different time. And, you can work through internet and computer problems, your BCBA wants you to be successful and they will help you through a tricky competency or reschedule if you need to due to internet issues.
Here are some tips that I found helpful when preparing for the Competency Assessment.
- Review and understand the Task List. If you’re looking over the Task List and see a task you aren’t comfortable with or don’t understand, ask for clarification from your BCBA. You can also look up examples of all the tasks online as well. Here is a link to the Competency Assessment Task List.
- Study the definitions of each competency to fully understand them and make flashcards with each competency and an example of each.
- Stop studying at least 1-hour before your assessment. Give yourself time to decompress a little bit. Studying up until the second before your assessment can overwhelm some people so give yourself time to process what you have been studying.
- Relax! Believe in yourself and all the work you have put in to get to this point!