Taking the CRA Exam

Attaining the Certified Records Analyst (CRA) designation is based on educational background, professional work experience and successful completion of a three-part examination consisting of:

Parts 2 through 4 each consist of 100 multiple-choice questions.  All examination questions are in English. The multiple-choice questions in Parts 2 through 4 are chosen as equally as possible from all parts of the Examination Outlines

The questions in each part are based on fundamental records and information management practices, and are meant to represent the best practices in the industry. Questions are NOT included in the test bank if they refer solely to the practices of a specific country, vendor or company.

If English is not the Candidate’s native language, they are entitled to an additional 20 minutes of test time for each of Parts 2 through 4,Candidates requiring this additional time should request approval from the Regent for Exam Administration (examadmin@icrm.org) prior to registering for an exam.

Registering for Exams
Once approved through the application process, a Candidate is eligible to register for exams during the next open registration period using the ICRM Prolydian site. Registration for an exam happens in two steps.

  1. Once your application is approved, your examination records will be automatically created within the Prolydian system. You will need to wait up to 24 hours for the information to be transferred to Pearson VUE. 
  2. Once the status of the examination record is “Authorized”’, you will receive an “Authorization to Test” email with instructions for registering and a direct link to the Pearson VUE ICRM landing page. You can then schedule your exam and arrange for payment directly with Pearson VUE. Consult the ICRM website for dates, deadlines, and check payment options.

Examination Fees
Registration to take specific parts of the examination is done automatically through the ICRM Prolydian site An applicant must be accepted as a Candidate before their registration records are created by the system. A Candidate must pass Parts 1 through 5 before the Part 6 registration is created. Examinations are given by Pearson VUE, a third-party independent testing service. A fee per examination is charged for each of Parts 1 through 6. A candidate must have their Candidate ID (included in the Authorization To Test email) to schedule the exam and pay the exam fees on the Pearson VUE site. These fees are only refundable if an applicant cancels a scheduled exam with Pearson VUE more than 24 hours prior to the examination. Registration and fees must be submitted to Pearson VUE, the testing service, by the deadline established for each examination. All payments must be in United States currency. Please click here for a listing of the current examination fees.

Taking the Examination
A Candidate may sit for all of Parts 2 through 4 of the examination during the same testing week, or they may take as many, and in any sequence they desire.. Candidates may retake any part of the examination as often as necessary, however, an exam can only be taken once during a given exam cycle. (See “Completion Time Required.”)

Examinations are administered by Pearson VUE, an independent testing service. Pearson VUE has over 4,000 Pearson VUE owned and independent third-party testing centers worldwide.

The passing score for each part of the examination is 70%. Candidates taking Parts 2 through 4 at a Pearson VUE testing site will receive their exam results immediately upon completion of testing.

Examination Dates
Parts 2 through 4 are offered via Pearson VUE testing centers on a year round schedule. Candidates may select the day, time and location that meet their particular schedule. 

Examination Schedule
Candidates are allowed 80 minutes for each part when taking Parts 2 through 4 including 5 minutes for administrative purposes.

Candidates can cancel exams up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled exam by calling Pearson VUE directly. Candidates failing to show up for scheduled exams, or calling less than 24 hours prior to their scheduled exam, forfeit any fees paid.
individualized and provided before the Candidate leaves the testing center. Feedback consists of the outline parts of that particular part that contained the questions missed. Candidates can then use that feedback

Feedback is provided to Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing an examination part. The feedback for Parts 2 through 4 is individualized and provided before the Candidate leaves the testing center. Feedback consists of the outline parts of that particular part that contained the questions missed. Candidates can then use that feedback to guide their further study.