EPPP & Other Forensic Psychology Examinations

The Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) is one of the three licensure examinations required in order to obtain a license to practice forensic psychology, and it is required for most of the criminal justice careers in the psychology field. This exam, administered by Prometric Testing Services, is designed to help a state licensing board assess your understanding of a variety of psychological concepts. The EPPP consists of 225 multiple-choice questions that will assess your knowledge of psychological assessment and diagnosis; the biological bases of behavior; the cognitive bases of behavior; growth and development; the ethical, legal, and professional issues psychologists face; prevention, intervention, and treatment; research; and the social and multicultural bases of behavior.


The EPPP is scored on a scale of 200 to 800, and you must score at least 500 to pass the exam. A score of 450 to 499 may allow you to obtain a limited license to practice psychology, but you will be allowed to use that license only under the supervision of another licensed psychologist. Once you have obtained a passing score on the EPPP, you typically will be able to sit for the license to practice psychology exam for the state in which you are applying. The license to practice psychology exam can vary greatly from state to state, but most states require you to answer a series of essay or oral questions about the practice of psychology as it applies to that state. After you receive your license to practice psychology and complete a one to two year forensic psychology fellowship, you can sit for the state forensic psychology certification exam. The state forensic psychology certification exam also can vary greatly from state to state, but most states require you to answer a series of multiple-choice or oral questions about child witnesses, criminal psychology, mental competency evaluations, profiling, violent offenders, and other forensic psychology topics.