Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology

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The Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) is a licensing examination developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)[1] that is used in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces.[2]

The Examination is multiple choice, and tests eight content areas all representing a specific percentage of the exam. These include the biological bases of behavior (12%), cognitive-affective bases of behavior (13%), social and multicultural bases of behavior (12%), growth and life-span development (12%), assessment and diagnosis (14%), research methods and statistics (8%), and ethical, legal and professional issues (15%).[3]

It has been demonstrated that graduates of regionally accredited programs tend to get higher mean scores than those of regionally unaccredited programs.[4] It has also been argued that clinical psychology programs whose graduates have higher EPPP scores tend to possess the following features: higher admissions standards, a higher faculty to graduate student ratio, and more research undertaken.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.asppb.org/
  2. ^ Clinical Psychology Program Improvement on the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology by Donald I. Templer, Lori Tyler, Adam A. Nelson, Scott Winstanley, Cammy Chicota; Journal of Instructional Psychology, Vol. 31, 2004
  3. ^ (2011) Examination For Professional Practice of Psychology. Edmonton, Canada: Psychology-Canada. Retrieved April 10, 2011, from http://www.psychology-canada.ca/examination-for-professional-practice-of-psychology-eppp/
  4. ^ California Psychology Licensing Exam Rates of Graduates of Accredited and Unaccredited Programs - Brief Article, Journal of Instructional Psychology, June, 2000 by Donald I. Templer, Marie Tomeo, Michael Harville, Steve Pointkowski
  5. ^ Yu, L.M., Rinaldi, S.A., Templer, D.I., Colbert, L., Siscoe, K., & Van Patten, K. (1997). EPPP score as a function of clinical psychology graduate program. Psychological Science, 8, 347-350.