(1) An examination candidate may take test sections individually and in any order. Any test section passed is valid for 18 months from the actual date the examination candidate took the test section.
(2) All test sections must be passed within an 18-month period, which begins on the date the first test section that was passed was taken.
(a) An examination candidate cannot retake any failed test section in any one three-month testing period.
(b) If the board determines that the examination system changes necessary to eliminate the three-month testing period limitations have been implemented, (a) will no longer be effective and a candidate can retake a test section once their scores for any previous attempt of that same test section have been released.
(3) In the event all test sections are not passed in an 18-month period, credit for any test section passed outside the 18-month period will expire and that test section must be retaken.
(4) The 18-month period in which to pass all required sections of the examination may be extended if a hardship exception is approved by the board.