For the Pediatric Board Exam, 2012 Might Be the Best Year Ever!
So the keyword is MIGHT, but I'm hopeful that it WILL be the best year to take the board exams in a very long time. The American Board of pediatrics has changed the way it grades and passes it's test-takers. From now on, it seems that as long as you correctly answer at least 70-75% of the exam questions, you will pass. This will be the first year but the American Board of pediatrics is trying this out. Many other specialty board exams have been using the system for very long time.
So what does this mean for you? Well, given that there is so much on the line this year for the American Board of Pediatrics (e.g., ABP scoring changes, grading changes, new computerized tests, etc.), I believe that the American Board of pediatrics will want to be as cautious as possible.
While they have a tremendous amount of data from previous years to guide their determination of passing percentage (i.e., will you need a 70% or a 75% score to get a passing grade of 180), they have already stated that they expect minimal of variation in the overall pass rate. I believe, however, that given the stakes they will want to error on the side of caution and allow for a slightly higher passing percentage this year.
Of course, things could go the other way… but I'm an optimist. Plus, I'm sure they are expecting some fluctuations in their numbers as pediatricians move to the Prometric testing centers to take the pediatric certification exams on computers for the very first time. So keeping all of this in mind, I think it would be in their best interest to err on the side of caution.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Do you think the 2012 pass rate will be better or worse than that of previous years? Would love to know so post a reply below!