American Board of Pediatrics Exam Scoring Changes

I’ve received a tremendous number of questions about what the American Board of Pediatrics 2012 scoring changes might mean for this year’s exam.

Are YOU Familiar With the Changes?

Before we get into my thoughts, let’s recap the old scoring system and quickly go over the new scoring system.

OLD AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS SCORING SCALE

SCORE RANGE: 0 – 800
PASSING SCORE: 410
INCREMENTAL POINTS: 10

NEW AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS SCORING SCALE

SCORE RANGE: 0 – 300
PASSING SCORE: 180
INCREMENTAL POINTS: 1

So what does this mean for you? My general sense is that the new exam scoring system will not necessarily change anything about whether or not you pass the pediatric boards. I DO think that the new GRADING SYSTEM may work in your favor for this year and this year only.

The reason the new scoring system will not really affect your chances of getting a passing grade is because it’s simply just a new scale. The American Board of Pediatrics has decided that starting in 2012, instead of deciding based on a curve whether or not you have been deemed worthy of getting a passing score of 410, they will instead predetermined a percentage of questions that needs to be answered correctly (somewhere between 70-75%) in order to get a passing score of 180.

What do you think? Would love to know so leave a reply below!

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