Implement discontinuous measurement procedures (e.g., partial and whole interval, momentary time sampling)
Whole Interval Recording
Recording yes (Y) or no (N) for each interval. If the behavior is occurring for the entire interval, mark it as a yes (Y) interval. If the behavior does not occur for the entire interval, mark it as a no (N) interval. Example: Recording if a child is spinning during a 10-minute observation. The 10-minute observation is made up of 10 (1-minute) intervals.
- The child was spinning for the entire 1-minute during intervals 3, 4, and 10. Therefore, intervals 3, 4, and 10 were all marked yes (Y). During intervals 1, 2 and 9 the child was spinning for about half of each interval (30 seconds). Therefore, intervals 1, 2, and 9 were marked no (N). During intervals 5, 6, 7, and 8 the child did not spin at all. Therefore, intervals 5, 6, 7, and 8 were marked no (N).
- The percentage of the spinning behavior is 30% (total number of yes intervals divided by the amount of intervals: 3/10=30%)
- Whole Interval Recording is an underestimate of the behavior because it is not recording every time the behavior occurs.
Partial Interval Recording
Recording yes (Y) or no (N) for each interval. If the behavior is occurring at any point during an interval, mark it as a yes (Y) interval. If the behavior does not occur at any point during interval, mark it as a no (N) interval. Example: Recording if a child is spinning during a 10-minute observation. The 10-minute observation is made up of 10 (1-minute) intervals.
- The child was spinning for the entire 1-minute during intervals 3, 4, and 10. Therefore, intervals 3, 4, and 10 were all marked yes (Y). During intervals 1, 2 and 9 the child was spinning for about half of each interval (30 seconds). Therefore, intervals 1, 2, and 9 were marked yes (Y). During intervals 5, 6, 7, and 8 the child did not spin at all. Therefore, intervals 5, 6, 7, and 8 were marked no (N).
- The percentage of the spinning behavior is 60% (total number of yes intervals divided by the amount of intervals: 6/10=60%)
- Partial Interval Recording is an overestimate of the behavior because it is recording every time the behavior occurs, it doesn’t matter how long the behavior lasts.
Momentary Time Sampling
Recording if a behavior is occurring at the end of each interval. Reported as percentage of intervals when behavior occurred. Example: Recording if a child is drawing during free time
- There are 10 intervals that each last 1-minute. The RBT looked at the client end of each interval and saw that the client was drawing at the end of intervals 1, 3, 5, and 9.
- The percentage of the drawing behavior is 40% (total number of yes intervals divided by the amount of intervals: 4/10=40%)
You are Guaranteed to Pass Your Competency Assessment (See question #7)
1. When can I take my Competency Assessment?
After completing any 40-hour RBT training course (2nd Ed.), students are eligible for the RBT Competency Assessment. There is no expiration date on your 40-hour RBT training course. As long as your Certificate of Completion says “2nd Edition”, you are able to use it to take your Competency Assessment.
2. How long is the Competency Assessment?
Most students complete their Competency Assessment during a 2-hour online meeting with their BCBA.
3. Who will administer the Competency Assessment?
The assessment will be administered by Katie Cook, a certified BCBA, as required by the BACB (Certification# 1-12-10219). Check out the 5-star reviews below.
4. Can I schedule my Competency Assessment meeting on a weekend?
Yes! You can schedule your RBT Competency Assessment with your BCBA on a weekend. ATCC offers assessment appointments on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as early morning and late evening appointments on weekdays, so you have the flexibility to choose a date and time that works best for you. Keep in mind that availability may vary depending on the week you choose to complete your Competency Assessment.
5. What will we do during the Competency Assessment meeting?
The assessment involves direct-observation of all competencies listed on the RBT Task List. 17 Competencies will be evaluated online via “role-playing” (acting out skills and tasks with the instructor) during your online video meeting with your BCBA. According to recent updates from the BACB, All RBT competency assessments received after December 31, 2021 will require 3 Competencies to be completed “with a client” and video recorded or review by your BCBA.
6. What are the 20 Competencies?
7. What if I do not pass?
You are guaranteed to be offered to take the Competency Assessment as many times as you need to pass for free. No additional fees are required. If the RBT fails to demonstrate competency in one or more of the tasks, the applicant will receive a “not passed” qualification on just those Competencies and another, shorter-meeting will be scheduled to repeat just those Competencies at no cost. Students will not be required to retake the entire Competency Assessment, only those few competencies that were not passed the first time. The assessor will provide performance feedback at the end of the assessment session and the applicant will be allowed to test again no earlier than the following day; this process may be repeated until all competencies are demonstrated. (NO retake fees apply).
8. Will the BCBA sign my RBT Application on the BACB Gateway?
Yes, your BCBA will provide the necessary signature & background check approval required by the BACB on the RBT application in the BACB Gateway.
9. Will I receive help on my RBT Application?
Yes, once your Competency Assessment is completed, your BCBA will assist you in completing your RBT application on the BACB Gateway, spending as much time is necessary to ensure it is done correctly. This results in ATCC students having a 100% application approval rate with their RBT applications on the BACB Gateway.
10. Will I receive the help I need to prepare for my Competency Assessment meeting and easily pass my Competency Assessment?
Absolutely! As part of your enrollment, you’ll receive a wealth of free study materials designed to help you ace both your Competency Assessment and your RBT Exam. Plus, we have even more resources available exclusively for you, when you purchase the Competency Assessment Package. Additionally, your complimentary study material includes a comprehensive 2-hour video, online flashcards, and complimentary access to the Rapid RBT Exam Prep course (valued at $99) and the RBT Exam Prep Bot (valued at $199). These resources are here to empower you on your RBT journey, ensuring you have the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed ~ and pass your Competency Assessment & RBT Exam the first time.