Those seeking CAP designation must demonstrate competence in astrology by passing an exam. Appropriate training can come from schools and teachers who wish to see their students become certified by ISAR standards.
The exam is given at many conferences throughout the world. It is an open-book test and you can use whatever texts or materials you think you will need. There are three main parts to the ISAR Competency Exam.
1. Combination of true/false and multiple choice questions. The material covered is varied and follows the outline contained below:
a. Overview: history of astrology, an understanding of the various applications of astrology, basic astronomy as applied to astrology, symbolism, and knowledge of chart calculations. You will not be asked to actually calculate a chart but various questions on the process will determine knowledge in chart calculations.
b. Forecasting skills, including secondary progressions, return charts, transits, eclipses and lunations
c. Synastry and relationships including chart comparison, family patterns, miscellaneous relationships and group dynamics
2. Short-answer questions that may require a sentence or short paragraph.
3. In-depth essay-type questions on various charts will be asked in order to demonstrate interpretive skills. These will include a natal chart, a compatibility analysis between two charts, a solar return and a secondary progression with transits. You will not be required to interpret a whole chart, only the portions that pertain to specific questions. The charts will be provided.
To obtain more information to help you prepare for the exam, please contact Richard Smoot for the “ISAR Exam Explanation”, “The Competency Exam Example Questions”, and “Exam Preparation Guide”. The ISAR Symposium for Advanced Interpretation Skills is also a preparatory course for the interpretation part of the exam. Information about the Symposium is available on the home page of our website.
The exam is approximately six hours in length, and a lunch break is given. A passing grade is 70%. For questions, please contact Richard Smoot or David Railey, Chair of the ISAR Certification Program. An application must be completed at least two (2) weeks prior to the conference where it is given in order to allow time for processing. The cost is $195. A schedule of exams that will be given during the year is posted on our website.