Society for Vascular Technology (SVT) Accreditation Examinations

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The Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland​ (SVTGBI) was formed in 1992 to advance non-invasive vascular diagnostic services by promoting training and research in Vascular Technology and to disseminate the results of such research for the benefit of the public. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the test provider for the SVT Accreditation Theory examinations. 

Please find information below about the SVT examinations:​​​

 Overview

​To become accredited through SVTGBI and earn the Accredited Vascular Scientist title, candidates must pass two theory examinations and a practical examination.

The aim of the SVT Accreditation process is to ensure the achievement and maintenance of high standards of diagnostic vascular investigations for the benefit and safety of patients.​​​​​​

Accreditation as a Clinical Vascular Scientist (AVS) is recommended for all individuals practising vascular ultrasound in the UK or Ireland and is aimed at the ADVANCED SCIENTIST with a minimum of three years full-time postgraduate experience (or part-time equivalent) in a range of key diagnostic vascular investigations.​

IMPORTANT EXAMINATION DATES

Application dates 

13th February 2019 - 10th April 2019 - These are the dates in which candidates can apply for the examination(s).

Registration dates 

13th February 2019 - 22nd May 2019 - These are the dates in which candidates may set-up their appointment time to test at Pearson Vue.

Administration dates 

 24th April 2019 - 22nd May 2019 - These are the dates in which candidates test.

 ABOUT THE EXAMINATIONS

Ultrasound Physics, Haemodynamics and Instrumentation Theory Examination

    ​ • 100 multiple-choice type items
    ​ • 2 hours in which to complete the examination
    ​ •​ Examinations are provided at Pearson Vue Test Centres in Great Britain and Ireland.

Vascular Technology Theory Examination

    ​ •​ 100 multiple-choice type items

    ​ • 2 hours in which to complete the examination
    ​ •​ Examinations are provided at Pearson Vue Test Centres in Great Britain and Ireland.

Practical Examination

Please refer to the SVTGBI website at www.svtgbi.org.uk/education/practical-exam for information regarding the Practical Examination. ​​

IMPORTANT EXAMINATION DATES

Application dates 

13th February 2019 - 10th April 2019 - These are the dates in which candidates can apply for the examination(s).

Registration dates 

13th February 2019 - 22nd May 2019 - These are the dates in which candidates may set-up their appointment time to test at Pearson Vue.

Administration dates 

 24th April 2019 - 22nd May 2019 - These are the dates in which candidates test.​

 ELIGIBILITY

​​​In order to take SVTGBI examinations you must be a SVTGBI member and meet other eligibility requirements.  For further information, refer to svtgbi.org.uk.​

 HOW TO APPLY


     ​1. Click the green Apply Now​ button to apply for SVTGBI examinations! 

     2. Once you click Apply Now, you will be brought to MY ARDMS. Click New User
         Registration
 and create a new MY ARDMS account if you don't already have one. When brought

         to the Welcome to MY ARDMS ​page please select the Pre-AVS / Trainee Clinical Vascular
         Scientist option. If you have previously registered for a MY ARDMS account, please log in with
         your ID# and password.

     3.  ​Once you are brought to the Register page please note that the School Information​ section is
          optional.


     4.  Click Application Centre, find and click on the SVT examination within the Windowed
          Examination 
section. 

     5. Complete the application for the Ultrasound Physics, Haemodynamics and Instrumentation
         Theory Examination and/or the Vascular Technology Theory Examination.* You will be asked
         to upload proof of eligibility (SVTGBI Member Certificate).

     6. If you are found eligible to take an examination, we will email you an Examination
         Confirmation Letter (ECL) within one to two days of application approval and you will be able
          to schedule your appointment at that time. The ECL will also be posted to your MY ARDMS 
          account and will include your eligibility period to schedule and take your examination. ​


Refunds will not be granted for any reason.  Questions regarding the refund policy should be directed to theoryexam@svtgbi.org.uk​​.


* Note about extended testing time: SVTGBI may, upon request, provide 25% additional examination time to Applicants with a qualifying medical condition as a testing accommodation.  The decision to approve or deny such requests is at the sole discretion of SVTGBI. Applicants that have received approval from SVTGBI to receive this accommodation should click the box next to the following statement in the application:
I have been approved by SVTGBI to receive the testing accommodation of 25% additional time during the examination(s) for which I am applying. 

SVTGBI will send an authorisation for Applicants approved to receive additional time directly to the ARDMS.  ARDMS can only approve an application indicating extra time is needed if: a) the Applicant has already been approved by SVTGBI to receive the extra time, b) SVTGBI has sent an authorisation​ directly to ARDMS, and c) the Applicant provides a valid member certificate demonstrating eligibility for the examination(s) they are applying for at the time of application.


Any candidates requiring extra time for a qualifying medical condition should contact the theory exams officer by email at theoryexam@svtgbi.org.uk with evidence in advance of application through ARDMS.​


 HOW TO PREPARE

​​To prepare for the SVT examinations please review the the appropiate content outlines and examination tutorial.

    ​ • Physics, Haemodynamics and Instrumentation Content Outline
     •​ Vascular Technology Content Outline
     •​​ Examination Tutorial​ 

For more information on how to prepare, please contact SVTGBI for information on preparing for the theory examinations and study days offered. 

  CANCELLING/RESCHEDULING SVT EXAMINATIONS

​Rules and policies concerning cancelling or rescheduling an examination appointment can be found on your Examination Confirmation Letter. ​To cancel or reschedule an examination appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE at 1-877-258-9220 (0800-731-9905 in the UK and 1-800-552131 in Ireland). 


Refunds will not be granted for any reason.  Questions regarding the refund policy should be directed to theoryexam@svtgbi.org.uk.

 SCORING

​The primary test result is a PASS or FAIL decision. In addition, you will receive a scaled score, ranging from 300 to 700. A scaled score of 555 is required to pass both theory examinations.

The scaled score is not a percentage of correct answers, nor is it built on a "curve" where a certain percentage of scores would pass and a certain percentage would fail. Please note that you cannot interpret your scaled score as a percent of questions answered correctly.  Learn more about scaled scoring​.  ​

 STATISTICS

​​​Below please find the pass rates for previous SVT​ examination administrations:


Spring 2018

Physics, Haemodynamics and Instrumentation Theory Examination – 13 candidates (10 pass/3 fail)

Vascular Technology Theory Examination – 19 candidates (17 pass/2 fail)​


AUTUMN 2017

Physics, Haemodynamics and Instrumentation Theory Examination – 12 candidates (7 pass/6 fail)
Vascular Technology Theory Examination – 8 candidates (6 pass/2 fail)

Spring 2017

Physics, Haemodynamics and Instrumentation Theory Examination – 47 candidates (31 pass/16 fail)
Vascular Technology Theory Examination – 26 candidates (22 pass/4 fail)

Note: The above statistics do not distinguish first-time test takers from repeat test takers as ARDMS began collaborating with SVTGBI in 2017, therefore data prior to 2017 is not included. 

 Questions

​​Please contact theoryexam@svtgbi.org.uk​, if you have any general queries regarding accreditation.​​​