Scoring

Examination Criterion and Scoring

The Qualifying Exam is criterion referenced. A criterion-referenced exam uses a predetermined standard, against which all candidates are evaluated. All candidates meeting the standard will pass the exam. Quotas or required percentages of candidates passing are not used to determine the passing score.

With a six-day testing window, multiple versions of the Qualifying Examination are used for security purposes. Any given candidate is unlikely to receive the same version of the examination as another candidate. A statistical process called equating ensures that the standard remains the same for all candidates.

In addition to the field-testing process, each question receives a thorough review before it is used in scoring the examination. Questions that do not meet ABEM quality standards are not used in determining candidates’ final scores.

Your final score on the Qualifying Examination will be determined by first adding together the number of scored questions you answered correctly. This number-correct score will be used to determine your final score, which will range from 0 to 100.

The passing standard for the Qualifying Examination is a score of 76 or higher.

Notification of Examination Results

Results are mailed and posted online within 90 days the last day of the examination administration. ABEM will send an email to candidates notifying them when scores are available. ABEM cannot release your scores over the phone, fax, or email. Maintaining up-to-date contact information through your ABEM Initial Certification Page will ensure you receive the results as soon as possible.

Statement on Research

ABEM reserves the right to conduct and report research studies of its examinations and its examination data to benefit the specialty and for purposes of quality control and examination development. Individual candidate information will never be reported as part of the research. Your right to confidentiality will be strictly upheld.

ABEM also reserves the right to include, in any examination, certain questions or cases for the purposes of research and validation. These items will not be used in scoring for certification.