Funeral Service Examination

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History

The Funeral Service National Board Examination (NBE) and State Board Examinations (SBE) were developed by and are maintained by The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards ("The Conference"), a certifying organization which was founded in 1904 by delegates from several state licensing boards. In 1930, The Conference created the first National Board Examination.[1] The last substantial overhaul of the NBE and SBE examinations was implemented in September 2012. The examinations' content outlines were revised based on the results of a task analysis survey conducted by The Conference in 2011.[2][3]

Function of the Test

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The NBE exam provides licensing agencies with a quantitative evaluation of the competency of candidates in the fields of funeral directing and embalming. All fifty states and Washington, DC utilize scores from this examination.[2]

Administration of the SBE varies by state. There are four categories of states: those such as Pennsylvania which require no SBE examination;[4] those such as Florida which require the 150-question SBE - Arts examination, which covers topics such as funeral directing and cemetery operations;[5] those such as Hawaii which require the 150-question SBE - Sciences examination, which covers topics such as embalming and restorative art;[6] and those such as Idaho which require both the SBE - Arts and the SBE - Sciences examinations.[7] As of March 2015, the following states require at least one of the SBE exams:

States which require an SBE exam[4]
State Requires...
SBE - Arts SBE - Sciences
Alaska[3] Yes No
Alabama[8] Yes Yes
Arizona[9] Yes Yes
Florida[5] Yes No
Hawaii[6] No Yes
Idaho[7] Yes Yes
Louisiana[10] Yes No
Maryland[11] Yes No
Missouri[12] Yes No
Mississippi[13] Yes No
Nevada[14] Yes No
North Carolina[15] Yes Yes
Ohio[16] Yes No
Oregon[17] Yes Yes
South Carolina[18] Yes Yes
Tennessee[19] Yes Yes
Texas[20] Yes No
Washington[21] Yes No

In addition, some states require candidates to take both the NBE and SBE; some states require only the NBE or the SBE; and some require no examinations whatsoever.[22] According to the content outlines published by The Conference, the NBE examinations and the SBE examinations cover the same subjects and assess those subjects using the same number of questions.[2][23]

Test Administration

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Both the NBE and the SBE are computer-based multiple choice tests which are administered year-round at Pearson testing centers.[24][25]

The full cost to take the NBE is $500, which represents a fee of $250 each for the Arts exam and the Science exam. The SBE Arts and SBE Sciences exams each cost $200 to take.[26]

Candidates have two hours and thirty-seven minutes to complete each 150-question subtest of the SBE or two hours and fifty-seven minutes to complete each 170-question subtest of the NBE.[27][15][3]

Unsuccessful NBE candidates who wish to retake the exam must wait at least 90 days before re-examination, and there is no limit to the number of times a candidate may take the examination.[24] Unsuccessful SBE candidates who wish to retake the exam must wait at least 30 days before re-examination. State policies differ with regard to candidates' eligibility to take or retake the examination, so The Conference encourages candidates to contact their state boards directly to ensure compliance with all local rules.[25]

Candidates with disabilities who require special testing accommodations for either the NBE or the SBE should contact The Conference and submit appropriate request materials and required documentation to them before scheduling an exam date.[27][3]

Test Format

Test Structure

The Funeral Service test varies from state to state what is offered, but on the national level, it is divided into two areas: Arts and Sciences. In the Arts category, there are five major focuses: Funeral Directing; Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising; Funeral Service Counseling; Regulatory Compliance; and Cemetery and Crematory Operations. The Sciences category focuses on Emblaming, Restorative Art, Preparation for Disposition, and Funeral Service Sciences. The examination contains 150 multiple choice questions, along with an additional 20 pretest questions that will not be scored.[28]

Test Environment

Testing for the Funeral Service test takes place at Pearson VUE testing sites. There, two forms of identification are required for admission. One form of ID must be government issues, containing a photo and a signature. The second form of ID must contain name and signature. The time allotted to take the test is 3 hours. A pass/fail score will be reported to each test-taker.[29]

Test Content

  • Sample Funeral Service Arts Questions
  1. The grieving and adaptation to living after the loss of a loved one is called:
    A. Mourning
    B. Bereavement
    C. Thanatology
    D. Grief
  2. There are three main factors that influence the grieving process. They are psychological, sociological, and:
    A. External
    B. Internal
    C. Physiological
    D. Illogical
  3. If a woman deposits money in a preneed burial account at her local bank, the bank assumes which of the following roles?
    A. Assignee
    B. Devisee
    C. Fiduciary
    D. Distributee
  4. A trial balance will help a business owner do which of the following?
    A. Keep track of inventory
    B. Help with vehicle maintenance
    C. Show profits and losses
    D. Ensure accurate payroll
  • Sample Funeral Service Science Questions
  1. A suture made around a circular opening or puncture that closes the margins when it is pulled is called a:
    A. Basket weave suture
    B. Purse suture
    C. Bridge suture
    D. Whip suture
  2. The molecular movement of matter from an area of greater concentration to an area of lower concentration is:
    A. Hydrolysis
    B. Saturation
    C. Diffusion
    D. Compound
  3. Autopsies can be done on the complete torso and cranium, and on which of the following?
    A. Thorax
    B. Arms
    C. Legs
    D. Neck
  4. The CDC lists at least nine hazardous body fluids. Which of the following is one of them?
    A. Urine
    B. Saliva
    C. Spinal fluid
    D. Perspiration
  5. There are three types of blood vessels: arteries, veins, and:
    A. Atria
    B. Ventricles
    C. Valves
    D. Capillaries

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Scoring

Both the NBE and the SBE comprise two subtests: an Arts exam and a Sciences exam. All examinations consist of 150 scored multiple choice questions, though the NBE exams have 20 additional unscored pretest questions which are being assessed for inclusion on future versions of the exams.[27] The content outlines and lengths of the NBE and SBE appear to be identical:

Distribution of questions on the
NBE Arts and SBE Arts exams[2][23]
Content Area # of
questions
Funeral Directing 52
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising 22
Funeral Service Counseling 23
Regulatory Compliance 38
Cemetery & Crematory Operations 15
Total 150
Distribution of questions on the
NBE Sciences and SBE Sciences exams[2][23]
Content Area # of
questions
Embalming 60
Restorative Art 38
Preparation for Disposition 22
Funeral Service Sciences 30
Total 150

The passing score on the NBE is a scaled score of 75, and the pass rate for the NBE is typically about 75%.[30]

Guessing is not penalized on either the NBE or the SBE. The exact raw passing score varies depending on the exact form of the exam taken. Because raw scores are scaled to reflect the exam's difficulty level, slightly harder versions of the exam have lower raw passing scores than slightly easier versions of the exam do.[24][25]

Answers to Sample Questions

Arts: 1;B 2;C 3;C 4;C Sciences: 1;B 2;C 3;A 4;C 5;D

References

  1. ^ The Conference - History March 26 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e The Conference - National Board Exam March 26 2015
  3. ^ a b c d The Conference - Alaska State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  4. ^ a b The Conference - Candidate Handbook for SBE March 26 2015
  5. ^ a b The Conference - Florida State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  6. ^ a b The Conference - Hawaii State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  7. ^ a b The Conference - Idaho State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  8. ^ The Conference - Alabama State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  9. ^ The Conference - Arizona State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  10. ^ The Conference - Louisiana State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  11. ^ The Conference - Maryland State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  12. ^ The Conference - Missouri State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  13. ^ The Conference - Mississippi State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  14. ^ The Conference - Nevada State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  15. ^ a b The Conference - North Carolina State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  16. ^ The Conference - Ohio State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  17. ^ The Conference - Oregon State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  18. ^ The Conference - South Carolina State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  19. ^ The Conference - Tennessee State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  20. ^ The Conference - Texas State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  21. ^ The Conference - Washington State Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  22. ^ The Conference - Regulations in Licensing 2013 March 26 2015
  23. ^ a b c The Conference - State Board Exam March 26 2015
  24. ^ a b c The Conference - NBE FAQ March 26 2015
  25. ^ a b c The Conference - SBE FAQ March 26 2015
  26. ^ The Conference - 2014 Examination Fee Changes March 26 2015
  27. ^ a b c The Conference - National Board Examination Candidate Handbook March 26 2015
  28. ^ Candidate Handbook 17 April 2015
  29. ^ FAQ 23 April 2015
  30. ^ The Conference - The Conference Attends the American Board Meeting March 26 2015