Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic (SPEC)
SPEC consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, selected by a committee of state licensing board members.
SPEC includes clinical case presentations requiring that the examinee demonstrate the appropriate clinical understanding and judgments required in unsupervised general chiropractic practice.
SPEC requires approximately four hours of test administration time, divided into two equal sessions. Test appointments are scheduled for five hours to allow time for an optional, brief tutorial, an optional break between sessions and post-examination survey.
The NBCE recommends a passing score of 375 for the SPEC. This recommended passing score is based on input from a test committee of state licensing agency members; however, individual licensing authorities may recognize either a higher or lower passing score than the NBCE recommended passing score. Therefore, examinees are referred to the licensing agency in the state in which they intend to practice for SPEC score requirements and utilization.
Examinees must complete both sessions of SPEC in order to receive a score from the NBCE.
For complete information about the post-licensure examinations, please refer to the 2012 Post-Licensure Examinations brochure.