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
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!
I am so glad it is pass-fail. Curves can be tricky. I think 75% just to pass is quite high if it is anything like PREP. That would mean the average score would be around 80% or above???? I hope it is more like 68% as a minimum to just pass. What is the point of failing so many people based on zebras and tricks? I just dont get it. It is so subspeciality based. It should be more like internal medicine where questions are written by internists.