The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Licensing Exam is a valid measure of competency related to the practice of the profession of geology.

The ASBOG® examinations consist of two multiple choice examinations, the Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and the Practice of Geology (PG). These examinations have been developed to assess common knowledge and skills related to the practice of geology throughout the nation.Individual Member Boards may require additional testing on local geology, statutes, rules and regulations that address state-specific issues.

The FG examination which consists of 140 questions emphasizes knowledge and skills that are typically acquired in an academic setting and lead to a baccalaureate degree. You will have four hours to complete this exam and it is the first of the two starting promptly at 8am and ending at 12pm.

The FG exam consists of the following:
  • General & Field Geology – 21%
  • Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry – 11%
  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Paleontology – 12%
  • Geomorphology, Surficial Processes & Quaternary Geology – 13%
  • Structure, Tectonics & Seismology – 11%
  • Hydrogeology – 12%
  • Engineering Geology – 11%
  • Economic & Resources Geology – 9%

The PG examination which consists of 110 questions emphasizes skills and knowledge acquired or expanded in a practice or job setting. You will have four hours to complete this exam and it will begin at 1pm and end at 5pm. Ample time for instruction will be allowed before the actual start time of each exam.

The PG exam consists of the following:
  • General & Field Geology – 20%
  • Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry – 5%
  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Paleontology – 6%
  • Geomorphology, Surficial Processes & Quaternary Geology – 8%
  • Structure, Tectonics & Seismology – 8%
  • Hydrogeology – 19%
  • Engineering Geology – 19%
  • Economic & Resources Geology – 15%

ASBOG Examinations are held administered twice a year, generally the first Friday in March (3rd Friday starting in 2016) and the third Friday in October (schedule). However, the dates fluctuate depending on holidays and other factors. To apply for approval to sit for the FG and/or PG examination(s), you must submit your application and all required documentation by the application deadline defined by your Board.

The application process is as follows:
  • Candidate completes application form (provided by the State Board) and submits this form along with application fee to their respective Boards.
  • The Board then approves or denies the Candidate to sit for one or both of the examinations.
  • Once approved by the Board, a Candidate Request Form is authorized/signed by the State Board Administrator. In 12 states, the Candidate Request Form is returned to the Candidate for completion.
  • If your Board mails you the signed Candidate Request Form, then you must then complete and sign this approved form and mail the original to ASBOG. Payment options include check, cashiers check, credit card, or PayPal. (see the Candidate Request form for payment details). For Boards that do not send you the Candidate Request Form, the Board office will send you a notice with further instructions on registering for the examination.
ASBOG cannot and will not process any forms that are not authorized and signed by the State Board.

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