FAQs on the Foot Exam

What Do Students Need to Know About Their Responsibility in Preparing for the Foot Exam?

ARCB Certification is national certification and, as such, all content areas and details covered on the exam may, or may not have been covered in your reflexology course or school curriculum. Your success on the exam is not a reflection on your instructor.   ARCB certification goes above and beyond your basic training and curriculum.  Your success depends on you and your preparation. Work with the recommended materials and allow yourself a minimum of 2-3 months to study after receiving the Study Outline.

The written examination for foot certification consists of 150 questions on Anatomy and Physiology and 150 questions in Foot Reflexology – a total of 300 questions.  A score of 80%  is required to pass the written examination. Your preparation should include thoroughly studying the materials on the Recommended Reading List found in the Study Guide.

The A & P Component: Many reflexology books include excellent sections on A & P. However adequate and thorough preparation for the exam requires the use of an Anatomy and Physiology body systems-oriented textbook. The books cited in the Recommended Reading List are deemed excellent for this part of the exam.

The Foot Reflexology Component will test your ability to think analytically. This part of the exam will involve questions about areas to work for specific conditions. This information is found in several books on the Recommended Reading List. Over the years it has been noted that those candidates who do well on these items have thorough knowledge and understanding of A & P.

The chart used for the reflex location items and Practical Component of the exam is the ARCB foot chart as found in the Study Outline. During a candidate’s training they most likely used one specific chart associated with a school or teacher or book. For testing purposes, all candidates must have access to the same information therefore ARCB requires knowledge of the charts found in the ARCB Study Outline. Furthermore, because ARCB is an independent organization, it cannot be affiliated with any school or teacher’s chart. The ARCB’s chart is for testing purposes only. It is not intended to be THE “American system of reflexology” or THE correct chart. In fact there are many charts in the US alone.

Documentations: All documentations submitted to ARCB as part of the exam must be on ARCB forms.  Copies of documentations on any other forms will result in a failing grade on the Documentation Component of the exam.  Each session must be documented separately using the forms provided. Each documentation sheet must be dated and signed with the candidate’s complete name. The sample documentations in the Study Outline provide a clear and accurate description. A blank form is included for your convenience. Please refer to the Foot Study Outline for the required set of forms for each client. Documentations are due within 6 months from the date of the written and practical exams.


How Can a Teacher Help to Prepare Students for the Exam?

First and Foremost – You cannot teach to the exam

We sometimes hear from candidates taking the exam that their teachers told them if they could pass their (teacher’s) exam they could pass the ARCB exam.  Your exam is oriented to your program and should not be used as a measure for the ARCB exam.

You can communicate to your students what we have provided above.

You can strongly advise and urge that they follow the ARCB guidance in the Study Guide and on the website, including taking adequate time to prepare for the exam and to use the resources recommended by ARCB.  ARCB strongly recommends a minimum of 2-3 months of preparation. Some may need more time.

You can communicate that it is not expected that individuals can complete a course in reflexology and take the ARCB exams without adequate preparation. ARCB certification is designed to go above and beyond the course completed.

ARCB urges you to communicate that ARCB National Board Certification is about raising the bar for themselves as practitioners and for the field as a whole.

We hope this helps you understand more about the new exam; how candidates can better prepare for the exam and how teachers can best help students.  Please contact info@arcb.com with any questions.