Can I take the exam without buying the online course? Nadia Grutas July 15, 2020 18:45 Updated No. In order to take the exam you must have purchased the online course. Related articles What is the pass rate for the exam? Where can I take the exam? Are there any essay questions on the exams? How far in advance should I schedule my exam? Do I have to renew my certification each year? Comments 0 comments Article is closed for comments.