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LEVEL 2 – Written Exam


When Level 1 recognition has been attained the candidate may take up to three years to apply for the Level 2 testing.


Level 2 tests may not be scheduled until after receiving a score of 90% or higher on the Level 1 submission.


The Level 2 exam includes four sections: General Knowledge, Handwriting, Document Recognition and Internet Sources/Electronic Databases. The Level 2 exam lasts over four hours. Level 2 status is achieved by attaining a score of 90% or better on sections 1-4 of the written exam.


The candidate will use a facility computer for research and testing. The exams are open book, including the Internet.  The candidate may bring a paper and/or digital research reference guide to use during the test. The candidate’s digital research reference guide can be copied to the facility computer and will be deleted from that computer at the end of the test session. See the Preparation Resources section of the ICAPGen website for more about creating a research reference guide:

Test Sections

Section 1: General Knowledge


This section tests the candidate’s general knowledge of facts pertaining to the history, geography, research methodologies, and records of the region being tested. Questions about historical events that affect research in the candidate’s region of interest may be asked, along with questions about types of records available in the region of interest-their content, availability, and coverage.


Section 2: Handwriting


The candidate’s ability to read a genealogical document (or documents) relative to the region and time period are tested in this section. Be prepared to transcribe and answer questions about a handwritten document from an early time period from the chosen testing region.

If the candidate is accrediting in a region which the native language is a language other than English, he/she will be expected to accurately translate documents of genealogical significance written in that language into English.


Section 3: Document Recognition


Potential clients sometimes provide documents with insufficient citations, or no citations at all which a professional genealogist needs to know. The candidate will be tested on their ability to identify a variety of important types of documents and reference sources for their chosen region.


Section 4: Internet Sources and Electronic Databases


The candidate will be tested on their knowledge of the content of Internet sources and electronic databases create by non-profit groups and commercial organizations relating to their geographical area.

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