Rules Exam Only Registration

during the 2018 Rules Modernization Shoot at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. on Thursday, July 19, 2018.  (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Overview

  • You will have the choice of taking either the 100-Question Exam or the 80-Question Exam.
  • You may only take each exam once per season (but you may take both the 80-Question and the 100-Question in the same season).
  • Both exams may be taken either in-person at one of our PGA/USGA Workshop sites, or online through our exam platform on selected dates.
  • The exam is broken into two parts:
    • Part 1 – Closed Book (no reference materials allowed)
    • Part 2 – Open Book (books and printed reference materials allowed)
  • You will have 4 hours to complete the exam.
  • Certification – The 100-Question exam provides you the opportunity to achieve “Expert” Rules certification from the USGA (score of 90+). Both the 100-question and 80-question exams provide you the opportunity to achieve “Advanced” Rules certification from the USGA (score of 75-89 on the 100-Question Exam or a score of 70+ on the 80-Question Exam).

In-Person Exam Option

  • You may choose to take the exam in-person on the 4th day of a PGA/USGA Workshop.
  • Breaks may be taken any time but materials must remain in the exam room.
  • Part 1 (closed book) will be completed and turned in first and you will then receive part 2 (open book/materials).
  • You will have 4 hours to complete the exam and can use/divide those 4 hours however you like. We recommend no more than 90 minutes on part 1 (closed book).
  • Materials for open book portion of exam – you can use any books, printed materials and handwritten notes, but you may not use any electronic or digital resources.

Online Exam Option

  • You may choose to take a proctored exam through our online exam platform.
  • The exam is available only on certain dates – available dates shown in chart at bottom of this page.
  • Additional Info – Before the Exam
    • IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MAC/APPLE USERS – The exam does not function correctly in the Safari browser. Please use a different web browser for the exam (Google Chrome is highly recommended).
    • System Compatibility Check – Any time before your exam, please run the system compatibility check here – https://tests.mettl.com/v2/authenticateKey/1xk51m251c
    • Approximately 24 hours in advance of your exam, you will receive an email that will include the link to launch and take your exam.
    • The exam must be taken on a laptop or a desktop – mobile devices and tablets (iPads) can NOT be used.
    • The exam is compatible with both PC and Mac computers.
    • You can only have one computer monitor/screen – if you have a dual monitor set-up, you will need to disconnect the second monitor.
    • Supported browsers – You will need to use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox only.
    • You will need a webcam – This can either be built into your computer or purchased and plugged into your computer externally.
    • During set-up, the platform will walk you through how to share your screen, and also how to allow access to your webcam and your microphone for proctor monitoring purposes.
    • If you log in early, you will have to wait until the scheduled start time to begin your exam.
    • To access the exam, you will be asked to show your photo ID and to take a photo of your face for ID verification purposes.
  • Additional Info – During the Exam
    • The exam will be administered in two parts (closed book and open book) with a simple transition between the two parts. After the transition to the open book portion, you will not be able to return to the closed book portion.
    • You will have 1.5 hours for part one (closed book) and 2.5 hours for part two (open book), for a total of 4 hours.
    • A clock of your remaining time (specific to when you began your exam) will be visible on the screen.
    • Materials for open book portion of exam – you can use any books, printed materials and handwritten notes, but you may not use any electronic or digital resources.
    • Note that you are not allowed to navigate away from the exam window on your computer – this will be tracked by the AI software described below.
    • Scratch Paper – You are free to use as much scratch paper as needed during both parts of the exam.
    • Food and Drink – Feel free to have food and drink with you during the exam.
    • AI Monitoring – The system uses AI monitoring to provide warnings both to the student and to the proctor when prohibited actions are detected. These include things like navigating away from the testing window, taking a picture of the screen with a mobile device, etc.
    • Warnings will be reviewed by USGA proctors and exams can be ended for inappropriate actions.
    • Text Sizing – The exam is offered through a web browser, meaning that the browser’s view/zoom tool can be used to increase (or decrease) the size of the text in the exam window.
    • Chat – You will be able to send chat messages to your proctor if you need assistance.
    • Bookmarking – The system provides a “Re-Visit” feature to mark questions that you would like to return to. Remember that you are unable to return to the closed book section after moving on to the open book. Note that this feature only pertains to revisiting questions within the part of the exam being taken currently (open book or closed book).
    • Breaks – You can take breaks any time as needed. Please just message your proctor that you are taking a break. You do NOT need to wait for a response from the proctor. The allotted time for your exam will continue to run during breaks.

Transfers


  • Prior to your exam date, you may transfer to any other exam with available seats at no charge. This can be done online prior to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, this can be done by calling 908-326-1850.
  • On or after your exam date, no refunds are available.

Withdrawals

  • 100-Question Exam
    • $150 refund prior to your exam date. This can be done online prior to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, this can be done by calling 908-326-1850.
    • On or after your exam date, no refunds are available.
  • 80-Question Exam
    • $100 refund prior to your exam date. This can be done online prior to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, this can be done by calling 908-326-1850.
    • On or after your exam date, no refunds are available.

Rules Exam Only Schedule

Date/Time Event Available Seats
August 21, 2024
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
100-Question Online Exam Only – 8/21/24 @ 1 PM ET
0 seats available
August 21, 2024
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
80-Question Online Exam Only – 8/21/24 @ 1 PM ET
9 seats available

If you have any questions about the Rules Exam only option, please feel free to reach out to us any time:
Email: rules@usga.org
Phone: (908) 326-1850
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