Exam Specifications

The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is open to all applicants and no prerequisites are required. It includes both a written examination (Knowledge Exam) and a practical skills evaluation (Practical Exam). Both assessments are closed book.

There are two Exam Administration Options: Live Exam Administration and Remote Exam Administration.

Live Administration

Candidates test on site with a live proctor. The Knowledge Exam is administered online via UF e-Learning under the supervision of an approved Proctor. The Practical Exam assesses technical workplace skills, and is administered under the observation of an approved Skills Evaluator.

Remote Administration

Candidates test at home (or the location of their choosing) and both the Knowledge and Practical exams are administered online via UF e-Learning. Both exam portions are proctored remotely through Honorlock.

The BACE consists of nine categories. The following descriptions of the Knowledge Exam and the Practical Exam include the exam duration, number of questions per exam, subjects covered, and number of questions per subject.

2020-2021 Knowledge Exam Details

BACE 2020-2021 Knowledge Exam
Format: Closed Book
Exam Duration: 3 Hours
Subject # of Q. Points
General Topics in Biotechnology 21 23.5
Laboratory Skills/Applications 28 32
Biochemistry/Chemistry 10 11.5
Biological Systems 10 10
Research & Scientific Method 10 10
Total 79 87

2020-2021 Practical Exam Details


BACE 2020-2021 Practical Exam
Format: Closed Book
Exam Duration: 4 Hours
Subject # of Q. Points
Biotechnology Skills 19 40
Applied Mathematics 11 22
Laboratory Equipment 16 13
Workplace Safety & Behavior 12 12
Total 58 87

Passing the BACE

Candidates must score 80% or above to pass the BACE.

A candidate’s score is determined by averaging the highest grade of the Knowledge Exam and the highest grade of the Practical Exam.

Candidates are permitted to take the exam a maximum of three times within a calendar year, with a 20-day waiting period between attempts.

Upon completion of the Biotechnology Assistant Credentialing Exam, each successful candidate will receive:

  • A BACE Certificate
  • A letter for potential employers explaining the benefits of hiring a BACE-credentialed candidate
  • Digital credential that can be verified online by potential employers

BACE Registration Information