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BACB BCABA Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Exam Practice Test

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Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Questions and Answers

Question 1

Which of the following scenarios involves a behavioral contingency?

Options:

A.

James ate dinner tonight and came down with indigestion.

B.

While throwing a chair, Linda bit her tongue.

C.

Susan hit her head on the wall, and a staff person asked her to stop.

D.

When asked to do her tasks, Doris said, "I will not do that!"

Question 2

The "hero procedure" refers to a contingency in which an individual, or small group, earns a reward for a class. This procedure is an example of what type of group contingency?

Options:

A.

dependent

B.

independent

C.

interdependent

D.

semi-dependent

Question 3

The matching law states that when responding is reinforced on concurrent VI-20 and VI-50 schedules, the:

Options:

A.

number of responses will match the number of reinforcers obtained.

B.

proportion of responses for each alternative will become equal over time.

C.

organism will respond exclusively to the alternative with the highest rate of reinforcement.

D.

proportion of responses across the two alternatives will equal the proportion of reinforcers obtained for those alternatives.

Question 4

Adherence to "procedural integrity" promotes generalization by facilitatinG.

Options:

A.

normalization.

B.

ethical treatment of consumers.

C.

consistency of instruction.

D.

spontaneous changes in intervention procedures.

Question 5

Two responses (such as putting on a sweater and lighting a fire) that produce the same result describE.

Options:

A.

the matching law.

B.

functional equivalence.

C.

stimulus generalization.

D.

response generalization.

Question 6

As part of evaluating procedural integrity on a school based program, it is important for the behavior analyst to assess the quality of data collected by a teacher.

The BEST method is for the behavior analyst to?

Options:

A.

take data on student performance simultaneously with the teacher.

B.

compare student's self-graphed data to data collected by the teacher.

C.

compare data collected at the same time by the teacher and another teacher.

D.

compare her/his observation of a student's performance with data collected by the teacher from an earlier training session with the student.

Question 7

If a client exhibits problem behaviors throughout the day and evenings regardless of what is going on in the environment and what activities he/she is participating in, which would be the BEST way to reduce the high frequency and increase latency?

Options:

A.

Use a differential reinforcement procedure for the absence of problem behaviors for an amount of time with a high magnitude reinforcer as a reward.

B.

Use a high magnitude punishment procedure every time he/she exhibits the problem behavior.

C.

Use a low magnitude punishment procedure every time he/she exhibits the problem behavior.

D.

Use a fixed ratio reinforcer every time he/she exhibits appropriate behavior.

Question 8

All of the following are appropriate methods for promoting maintenance and generalization of newly trained behaviors EXCEPT:

Options:

A.

gradually adding stimuli from the natural environment into the training setting.

B.

gradually altering the training antecedents to match naturally occurring ones.

C.

training others to reinforce the behavior in the natural setting.

D.

varying cues in the natural environment to match those in the training setting.

Question 9

What is a likely benefit of having trained a client to say both "truck" and "vehicle" in response to your saying "fire engine"? The client will now likely:

Options:

A.

point to pictures of trucks or vehicles.

B.

say "fire engine" when you present a picture of it.

C.

say "truck" when you say "vehicle."

D.

point to a truck when you say "vehicle."

Question 10

When providing behavior analytic services to a child in a school setting, a behavior analyst should

Options:

A.

work independently while completing the functional assessment.

B.

solicit treatment recommendations from other team members.

C.

enlist the support of other members of the interdisciplinary team.

D.

avoid collaborating with providers who use non-scientifically validated procedures.

Question 11

In order to promote generalization in intensive teaching, the behavior analyst shoulD.

Options:

A.

teach loosely.

B.

use the same SD.

C.

use few exemplars.

D.

teach in the same environment.

Question 12

A functional relationship exists only iF.

Options:

A.

changes in a response class produce a functional consequence.

B.

changes in a stimulus class consistently alter a property of a response class.

C.

reinforcement is contingent upon responding.

D.

a stimulus elicits a response without previous conditioning.

Question 13

To change the occurrence of hitting others, two procedures were compareD. differential reinforcement of incompatible behavior and time-out. The outcomes were examined within and across subjects. A withdrawal design was employed. An independent variable in this study was:

Options:

A.

aggression.

B.

frequency across phase changes.

C.

return to baseline.

D.

time-out from reinforcement.

Question 14

Marvell is working on a new case with a student who refuses to attend school. Before deciding on a treatment plan, Marvell schedules interviews and observation sessions. This is an example of which assumption of behavior analysis?

Options:

A.

determinism

B.

empiricism

C.

skepticism

D.

parsimony

Question 15

The PRIMARY advantage of using a multiple baseline design across subjects is that:

Options:

A.

an intervention may be applied to more than one individual.

B.

experimental control can be demonstrated without a reversal.

C.

it is the most effective method for establishing functional relations.

D.

more individuals benefit from the effects of an intervention.

Question 16

Jimmy is watching his favorite Saturday morning cartoon and playing with his train set. The cat walks past him and he pulls its tail. Jimmy's mother takes away one of his train cars. This is an example oF.

Options:

A.

response intervention.

B.

antecedent manipulation.

C.

response cost.

D.

overcorrection.

Question 17

When conducting an analogue functional analysis, the condition commonly used as a control is the:

Options:

A.

home condition.

B.

play condition.

C.

social attention condition.

D.

demand condition.

Question 18

Susan recorded data on a student's fidgeting behavior in the following way: She divided a 10-minute recording period into 10-second intervals and recorded in each interval a "+" if the target behavior occurred at least once. The percentage of intervals of target behavior occurrence was about 45%. The data resulting are most likely to be an

Options:

A.

accurate measure of inter-response times.

B.

inaccurate measure of inter-response times.

C.

overestimate of the occurrence of the behavior.

D.

underestimate of the occurrence of the behavior.

Question 19

An extinction procedure involves:

Options:

A.

withholding all reinforcement.

B.

withholding the maintaining reinforcer after the occurrence of the target behavior.

C.

removing all attention from the client when the target behavior occurs.

D.

removing the SD for the target behavior.

Question 20

Terry notices that his heart rate increases and he begins to sweat when he enters the dentist's office because the office is associated with painful, unpleasant dental work. He also is reluctant to make appointments and seems to want to do anything else but go to the dentist. His physical symptoms are an example oF.

Options:

A.

operant behavior.

B.

respondent behavior.

C.

escape conditioning.

D.

aversive conditioning.

Question 21

Larry engages in self-injurious behavior which is maintained by automatic reinforcement. This behavior results in abrasions on both of his arms as a result of intense scratching. The behavior analyst decides to have Larry only wear long sleeved shirts as an initial effort to reduce the behavior. This is an example of which type of procedure?

Options:

A.

extinction

B.

deprivation

C.

punishment

D.

differential reinforcement

Question 22

A functional relationship is said to exist when two events

Options:

A.

are similar in content.

B.

consistently co-vary.

C.

occur at the same rate.

D.

occur simultaneously.

Question 23

When Katie was learning how to stir-fry vegetables, her hand brushed the side of the very hot pan and she now refuses to make stir-fried vegetables. Her refusal is a result oF.

Options:

A.

negative punishment.

B.

negative reinforcement.

C.

conditioned punishment.

D.

unconditioned punishment.

Question 24

Speed, magnitude, durability and generality of effect are some of the MOST important

Options:

A.

dimensions of behavior that lend themselves to quantification more readily than others.

B.

variables that are overlooked by other social sciences in solving problems.

C.

variables to consider when selecting reinforcers and punishers.

D.

components of treatment packages used in treating the most severe behavior problems.

Question 25

To definitively identify effective reinforcers for an individual, it is necessary to:

Options:

A.

complete a reinforcer assessment.

B.

complete a preference assessment.

C.

ascertain what reinforcers the individual has access to.

D.

interview people who know the individual well.

Question 26

Which of the following would BEST contribute to a behavior analyst’s professional development?

Options:

A.

attending a workshop that provides videotaped examples and practice activities for innovative interventions

B.

reading articles from a peer-reviewed applied behavior analysis journal that describe techniques that are applicable to her client population

C.

becoming a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, which is a rich resource for behavior analysts

D.

contributing an article to the newsletter of the local Association for Behavior Analysis chapter

Question 27

When developing a task analysis, a behavior analyst would first:

Options:

A.

assess the mastery level of the individual.

B.

conduct a functional assessment of the target skills.

C.

determine the necessary component steps.

D.

observe the individual to collect baseline data.

Question 28

A behavior analyst is conducting research on the accuracy of a student's responding to written math problems based on the final answer with no scoring of intermediate calculations. Which is the BEST method for obtaining accurate inter-observer agreement results?

Options:

A.

Researcher and observer sit together to score the student's work.

B.

Photocopies of the student's work are scored independently by researcher and observer.

C.

The student's scratch paper is scored if researcher and observer do not agree on a response.

D.

Researcher scores the student's work and the observer reviews the researcher's scores for accuracy.

Question 29

Which of the following is an example of conditioned punishment?

Options:

A.

Larry grabbed for the stimulus materials during therapy and receives a hard hand slap. He is less likely to grab for stimulus materials in the future.

B.

A failure-to-thrive baby receives a spray of lemon juice in the mouth after gagging. She is less likely to gag, and subsequently ruminate, in the future.

C.

A toddler sticks his finger in a power outlet and receives a shock. He is likely to never touch an outlet again.

D.

Lucy speaks out in class without raising her hand. The teacher reprimands her verbally. Lucy is less likely to speak without raising her hand in the future.

Question 30

Which procedure is the MOST reasonable and effective application of incidental teaching?

Options:

A.

Conduct discrete trial training for signing "eat," "drink," and "help."

B.

Conduct training for the student to sign "eat" and "drink" during language classes.

C.

Conduct training for the student to sign for items while going through the lunch line.

D.

Conduct training to sign for "help" across a variety of environmental contexts.

Question 31

When asked by her father to get her glucose tested, Cindy routinely says, "No," and walks out of the room. She eventually returns and takes the test. The time between the request and Cindy's taking the test is called the:

Options:

A.

inter-response interval.

B.

compliance rate.

C.

response interval.

D.

response latency.

Question 32

The BEST definition for head banging would be any instance of Susan:

Options:

A.

making contact between her head and her hand or her head and any other object.

B.

hitting her head with her open hand, closed fist, or another object when others tease her.

C.

repeatedly using her hand to hit her head until there is an observable change in tissue coloration.

D.

making contact with her head using either her hand or another object causing sound that is audible at a distance of 5 or more feet.

Question 33

A child with an advanced verbal repertoire exhibits aggression when asked to do a new math problem. In order to address the problem the behavior analyst shoulD.

Options:

A.

immediately remove the math problem.

B.

immediately show him the correct answer.

C.

implement a punishment procedure for aggression.

D.

teach the child an alternative escape response.

Question 34

A behavior analyst is doing some staff training in a facility. The first step is to have the staff read a "How To" manual. The behavior analyst notices that after reading the manual, staff seem to be doing some things specified in the readings, such as giving praise after adaptive behavior. This is an example oF.

Options:

A.

backward chaining.

B.

contingency-shaped behavior.

C.

fading.

D.

rule-governed behavior.

Question 35

The best method for identifying potential reinforcers is to usE.

Options:

A.

peer identified reinforcer preferences.

B.

reinforcer inventories or checklists.

C.

paired choice procedures.

D.

in vivo observation.

Question 36

At the point in time when non-contingent reinforcement is delivered, the treatment provider is reinforcinG.

Options:

A.

a behavior in the acquisition phase.

B.

all of the student's behaviors at that moment.

C.

incompatible or alternative behaviors.

D.

the target behaviors.

Question 37

Accuracy of measurement refers to the extent to whicH.

Options:

A.

the data have high interobserver agreement.

B.

the person collecting the data reports that it is accurate.

C.

the data match the true values of the events or behavior measured.

D.

precise values can be depicted in a graph to show behavior change.

Question 38

Disruptive behavior occurs at a moderate rate and consistent intensity level throughout the school day. How should the teacher collect data on the behavior?

Options:

A.

Keep a running tally of the occurrences on the chalk board.

B.

Record each occurrence using a portable counter.

C.

Use a timer and record the number of minutes for each occurrence.

D.

Document whether or not the behavior occurred every hour.

Question 39

A young child who has learned to say "Daddy" to her father now says "Daddy" to other men. This is a type oF.

Options:

A.

stimulus fading.

B.

stimulus generalization.

C.

response generalization.

D.

response induction.

Question 40

Self-management strategies are:

Options:

A.

applying behavior analysis principles to change one's own behavior.

B.

a method for capitalizing on an individual's will power.

C.

primarily used for extinguishing one's own undesirable behaviors.

D.

based on personalized systems of instruction.

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