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BACB BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam Practice Test

Demo: 27 questions
Total 180 questions

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Questions and Answers

Question 1

A narrative recording is used to clearly determine all of the following EXCEPT:

Options:

A.

duration of a behavior.

B.

function of a behavior.

C.

presence of a particular behavior.

D.

topography of undesirable behavior.

Question 2

A behavior analyst is asked to consult about a 10-year-old child who gets out of his seat during class at least once every 15 minutes. The behavior analyst wants the teacher to collect data on the child’s on-task behavior. Given that the teacher works alone in the classroom with 30 children, the BEST procedure to employ would bE.

Options:

A.

interval recording.

B.

latency recording.

C.

duration recording.

D.

time sampling.

Question 3

Mr. Winston has developed a reward system in his classroom where only those students who have submitted homework for 5 out of 5 days in the week receive a reward from the "treasure box." This is an example of a (n):

Options:

A.

co-dependent group contingency.

B.

dependent group contingency.

C.

independent group contingency.

D.

interdependent group contingency.

Question 4

A child with food refusal behaviors accepts one bite out of the ten bites that her caregiver offered. What measure should be used to record this behavior?

Options:

A.

duration

B.

latency

C.

percent of occurrence

D.

trials to criterion

Question 5

A reliable measure is one that is:

Options:

A.

socially valid as indicated by caregiver reports.

B.

effective as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles.

C.

trusted to be practical and to produce accurate data.

D.

consistent across observers and measurement occasions.

Question 6

Three boys with autism, ages 7–10 years old, served as participants in a study. During baseline, staff used response blocking when five instances of aggression or head-banging occurred within 10 seconds, until attempts ceased for 1 minute. During baseline and treatment, each occurrence of aggression and head-banging was recorded daily and converted to the number of responses per hour. Treatment comprised a differential reinforcement of incompatible behavior (DRI) schedule coupled with response blocking after every head-banging or aggression. The staff initially applied the treatment to head-banging, while continuing to take a baseline on aggression.

After noting treatment effects on head-banging, the staff then applied the treatment to aggression.

In this scenario, how was direct replication shown?

Options:

A.

Baseline and intervention conditions were included.

B.

A baseline condition was implemented.

C.

A changing criterion design was used wherein the criterion for reinforcement was gradually changed over time.

D.

The intervention was implemented in a staggered fashion across target behaviors after the initial baseline.

Question 7

Keller's Personalized System of Instruction features which of the following characteristics?

Options:

A.

responses per minute per individual and repeated measures

B.

individual performance goals, assisted prompting, and repeated measures

C.

required study guides, lecture and discussion notes, and individual goals

D.

mastery, self-paced progress, reading materials, proctors, and optional lectures

Question 8

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 9

During three 30-minute observations, Linda gouged her eye 8, 17, and 12 times, respectively. Each incident lasted between 1 and 3 seconds, with an average duration of 1.3 seconds. Which is the BEST dimension to continue to measure?

Options:

A.

duration

B.

inter-response time

C.

latency

D.

rate

Question 10

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 11

A behavior analyst is working with an adult client, who is deemed competent. There are multiple potential behavior targets that need to be addressed including smoking cigarettes, nail biting, and compulsive hand washing. As a first goal, the behavior analyst wants the client to focus on eliminating smoking but the client would prefer to focus on nail biting. The behavior analyst shoulD.

Options:

A.

develop a self-management plan for eliminating nail biting as this is the preference of the client.

B.

develop a self-management plan for eliminating smoking as this behavior poses a serious health risk for the client.

C.

convince the client to change their first goal to elimination of smoking.

D.

refer the client to another behavior analyst as there is a discrepancy in goal setting priorities.

Question 12

To address 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. The BEST response measure to use in this study is frequency oF.

Options:

A.

the incompatible behavior.

B.

being sent to time-out.

C.

hitting others.

D.

reinforcer delivery.

Question 13

Steve is a behavior analyst working with staff members who are not implementing programs on a consistent basis. Staff report that the heavy workload interferes with their ability to run the programs consistently. What should Steve do FIRST to address this problem?

Options:

A.

Go to the direct supervisor and request that an incentive system be implemented for all staff.

B.

Begin to assess the staff's daily routine in order to identify any time conflicts that might exist.

C.

Revise the daily work schedules and routines, with the assistance of the supervisor, so that potential time conflicts can be avoided.

D.

Implement additional training for staff that are not able to perform to criterion.

Question 14

During the hour immediately following meals, Bill asks for more food. Data are collected only during this hour after each meal. Which method of data collection would be MOST accurate?

Options:

A.

duration recording

B.

frequency recording

C.

narrative recording

D.

partial-interval recording

Question 15

A teacher is tracking the performance of both math and spelling assignments for each of her 25 students. For feedback purposes, she wishes to display each student's percent correct for both areas using a line graph. What would be the MOST effective and efficient way to accomplish this?

Options:

A.

Prepare a large graph for spelling and a similar one for math and place on the graphs the average data for the entire class in the two content areas.

B.

Prepare a separate graph for each student and, using a unique symbol for each content area, record the data and connect the similar symbols to create data path lines.

C.

Prepare a single large graph and display each student's data for the spelling and math areas using unique symbols for each student and for each content area.

D.

Prepare two graphs for each student, one for spelling and one for math, because there is no appropriate method for reporting these two content areas together on the same graph.

Question 16

When determining the specified time interval to prescribe at the start of a DRO intervention, which of the following dimensions of the target behavior is MOST relevant?

Options:

A.

latency

B.

frequency

C.

duration

D.

inter-response time

Question 17

A __________________ is derived from a descriptive analysis.

Options:

A.

Hypothesis

B.

Statement of causation

C.

Data-driven conclusion

D.

Hypotenuse

Question 18

When an observer notes everything the client does or says as well as events before and after the episode of behavior, he or she is using:

Options:

A.

Duration recording

B.

Permanent product recording

C.

ABC recording

D.

Time sampling

Question 19

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 20

Gradually transferring stimulus control from prompts to other discriminative stimuli is a process called __________________.

Options:

A.

Shaping

B.

Modeling

C.

Maintenance

D.

Fading

Question 21

A child's behavior is being reinforced on a VR 8 schedule during intensive teaching. During the sessions, the child begins to get out of the chair. In order to address this problem, the behavior analyst should switch to which schedule?

Options:

A.

VR 1

B.

FR 6

C.

FR 8

D.

VR 4

Question 22

Jim's teacher has taught him to say, "Hello, how are you?" and when he does this, she delivers praise. Now Jim says this whenever he meets anyone, and some people say,

"Fine, how are you?" What is the natural consequence for Jim's behavior?

Options:

A.

increased number of friends

B.

continuous reinforcement

C.

improved social repertoire for Jim

D.

the responses of the people he meets

Question 23

A punishment contingency is LEAST likely to produce which effect?

Options:

A.

Undesirable emotions may result.

B.

Aggressive or violent behavior may be evoked.

C.

A more appropriate replacement behavior may develop.

D.

The person delivering the punisher may become an aversive stimulus.

Question 24

Although tests have confirmed that Matthew is not deaf, his mother is worried because Matthew is very slow to respond when she calls to him. Frequently, she has to resort to touching him before he looks at her. Which of the following would be the MOST appropriate for measuring Matthew looking when called?

Options:

A.

latency

B.

frequency

C.

inter-response time

D.

duration

Question 25

A major benefit of product recording is that:

Options:

A.

it is the easiest recording method.

B.

it is used when a behavior results in a certain tangible outcome.

C.

the observer does not have to be present when the behavior occurs.

D.

one can always determine who engaged in the behavior that led to the product that was recorded.

Question 26

A study was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of time-out for physical aggression. The time-out procedure would be considered the:

Options:

A.

baseline measure.

B.

dependent variable.

C.

independent variable.

D.

response measure.

Question 27

Manipulating a students chair in a classroom setting to avoid distraction fro the window is an example of a manipulation of a

Options:

A.

Context variable

B.

Antecedent variable

C.

Confounding variable

D.

Ecological variable

Demo: 27 questions
Total 180 questions