Exam FAQ

How is my score determined?

The total number of correct answers determines your raw score, which is then scaled statistically to ensure that all versions of the exam are equal in difficulty and content. The scaled scores range from zero to 100.

How are passing scores determined?

The actual passing score is determined by a criterion-referenced procedure called the Angoff Modified Technique. In brief, experts in the agronomy field review the exam questions and evaluate them according to how successful a minimally competent candidate would be, which determines a minimum passing score.

When will my score be available?

An email notification will be sent approximately six weeks after the exam date to the email we have on file for the registrant.

If I call ASA, will they tell me my score over the phone?

No. Test scores are confidential and notification will be sent by email to the original registrant's email address. The notification will include a link that requires the registrant to use their password to access their exam scores. We cannot disclose scores or pass/fail status via fax or phone to anyone.

Will ASA send my scores to a different address, email, or to anyone else?

Test scores are confidential and only released to the candidate.

If I need to retake the exam, how soon may I register?

Registration starts 3 months prior to the exam date and must be received 6 weeks prior to the exam date. Exam registration materials will automatically be emailed to those who need to retake an exam. Exam registration materials are also available by contacting ASA at 608-273-8085, Fax: 608-273-2081, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , mail: ASA/CCA, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711-5801 or at www.certifiedcropadviser.org.

Once I pass both exams, how much crop advising experience do I need to become certified?

  • A minimum of 4 years of crop advising experience with no degree in agriculture.
  • A minimum of 3 years of crop advising experience with an associates degree in agriculture or certificate.
  • A minimum of 2 years of crop advising experience with a BS degree in agriculture.
  • Note: Experience can be gained after exams have been passed.
  • Note: Farming may count up to 1 year of the total work experience requirements.