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What is the passing score for ABPMR part I?

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  1. Ligament

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    Hi All,

    I'm embarassed to admit I don't understand how our ABPMR boards are scored. What is a passing score? Thanks!
     
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    > I'm embarassed to admit I don't understand how our ABPMR boards are scored. What is a passing score? Thanks!

    In the intro to Cuccarrillo, they note that 90% of 1st time test takers pass, and 80% pass overall (i.e., many who fail, fail multiple times).

    My understanding is that to be an examiner, they used to require 75th percentile on both parts, but they recently lowered that requirement to 50th percentile on both parts.

    As for what absolute score is needed, I am not sure, but I think I remember hearing something that the Elkins winner typiucally gets in the low 80-percent of the questions correct.
     
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    Hey man, thanks for the info, It's more than I had but I'd still like to have the 100% certain info on what one needs to score to pass this sucker. Anybody?

     
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    looking at the ABPMR website, it looks like they do NOT list a raw score that is needed to pass. Most psychometric testing is based on a curve, so they may set a percentage fail rate, rather than an actual raw score.

    http://www.abpmr.org/certification/statistics.html

    Part I: Computer-Based Examination August 2005
    Total taking exam 467
    Total taking exam for the first time 366
    Total first-time (pass) 318/87%
    Total first-time (fail) 48/13%

    The other thing is that since they changed the exam date, the raw scores may have changed (I don't know in which direction, but I would guess the raw scores might be lower now than they used to be, both with less dissemination of questions, and with examinees having additional responsibilties)

    Bottom line- you can't really make a guess as to what the bear minimum neccessary to pass will be.
     
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    Ok, I called the ABPMR

    You need a score of 405 out of a possible 800 to pass. This is a scaled score. It is not simply your raw % correct multiplied by a certain factor. They seem to take multiple variables into account when converting your raw score to the scaled score, but again, they will not say how they do it. They would not tell me what the average % correct was passing on last years exam. I got multiple "don't worry about it" answers. I'd be very pleased if another of you bright physicians with more education about pscyhometrics and test scoring would call the ABPMR and grill them. After all, we are paying $1300 for this damn thing!
     

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