A scaled score is a representation of the total number of correct questions a candidate has answered (raw score) that has been converted into a consistent and standardized scale. In the context of the CETP Exam, candidate scores are set from a minimum of 100 to a maximum of 550, and the pass mark is fixed at 330. This allows for a comparison of exam scores from one CETP Exam administration to the next.
The Angoff method is used to determine the passing score on the CETP Exam. The Angoff method, developed by William Angoff in 1971, uses a test-centered approach, wherein subject matter experts assign a probability to each test item. Subject matter experts are asked to predict the response of borderline entry-level exam writers and then estimate what proportion of these individuals will answer the item correctly. The sum of the proportions assigned to all of the items in a test by a subject matter expert is referred to as a minimum performance level. The average of the minimum performance levels prediction from subject matter experts will become the final passing score.
After an item appears on the CETP Exam, each profession’s Exam Committee reviews the Angoff value for that question to ensure consistency with candidate performance (post exam validation process). Therefore, the Angoff values are not static and there is a constant evaluation process to ensure that the passing score remains current and reflects the difficulty of the exam.
Occasionally, candidates request to have their exam re-scored. Please be advised that every exam with a score below or at the passing score is re-scored carefully by hand BEFORE results are released. The possibility of a change in score resulting from an additional re-scoring is therefore quite small.
Extenuating circumstances that significantly impair the performance of an individual during the exam must be reported to the CETP Exam Manager within fourteen (14) calendar days of the exam sitting.
Extenuating circumstances may include, but are not limited to:
Pre-existing anxiety, mental health and/or medical issues are not automatically a basis for extenuating circumstances as exam candidates have access to testing accommodation.
The existence of an administrative, a technical issue, or an exam delivery irregularity on the day of the exam is insufficient to automatically be considered as an extenuating circumstance unless the situation could not be resolved and/or alternate arrangements were not available to allow the candidate to complete their exam.
A candidate’s claim of alleged errors in the content of the exam will not be accepted as the basis of an extenuating circumstance.
Should an exam candidate who has reported an extenuating circumstance successfully pass the exam, no further action is required by the CETP Exams Appeal Committee.
Should the exam candidate who has reported an extenuating circumstance fail the exam*, the CETP Exams Appeal Committee shall proceed with a comprehensive case review within twenty (25) calendar days of the release of the exam result.
*Note: should the failed exam be the exam candidate’s 3rd attempt, SAC will notify the regulatory body prior to initiation of the comprehensive review and appeal decision.
After completing the comprehensive case review, the CETP Exams Appeal Committee shall:
The decision of the CETP Exams Appeal Committee is final.
Policy and procedures – Approved June 1, 2023.
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