Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) Practice Exam



The content of this practice exam covers many core principles from entomology and drills some of the trickier entomological terminology (remember those names for each type of larva?), however, I don't have solid feedback on whether this is still relevant on the exam.

Take our BCE Practice Exam to find out how prepared you are for the real exam.

Whether you just graduated with your degree in entomology or you are coming in with years of experience in the field, the BCE Exam will challenge your skills in entomology. Use our BCE Practice Exam to find out if you are ready to sit for the core exam or if you need more time studying.

Also, you can use our BCE Practice Exam as a memorization tool to drill concepts and terminology found on the exam.


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This is the class that started it all! Although I'd been interested in online learning since 1998, the technology wasn't there. When I became board certified, I created study material that I used to drill the content. After passing, I improved the content of my study material and this practice test was born! Use it to test your knowledge... and use it to drill the material.

Recommendation for Use: Once you have studied the recommended material (I suggest focusing on Pfdat's Fundamentals of Applied Entomology), take this practice test to see where you need further study. For instance, if you do poorly on the questions on the hormone control of molting and metamorphosis, then return to your study materials and focus on that area. Remember, this practice test is not the actual test questions - you need to know the concepts behind the questions when you take the actual exam. Also, use this practice test to drill material that is more memorization based, such as the types of legs found in insects.

Note that our BCE Practice Exam assumes that you have an understanding of the major concepts of entomology and is not a substitute for college coursework on insect taxonomy, morphology, and physiology.

In order to become a BCE, you must pass not only the core exam, but also a specialty exam. If you are interested in taking a practice exam for one of the specialties, please contact us.

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This means that you still need to register for and pass the official BCE exam (the core exam and at least one specialty exam) with the ESA Certification Company.

Taking our practice exam should help you pass the official core exam, but is no guarantee that you will pass: you still need to study.

Course Details

  • Includes access to the BCE Practice Exam, which simulates the BCE Core Exam
  • 80 questions
  • Unlimited access and retakes for 1 year from date of purchase
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