Cut Score Update?

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    NCARB

    Madison,

    NCARB is still collecting exam results data across all six divisions so scores will not be ready to be released as originally expected. Deliveries slowed during the month of December as appointments were rescheduled to later dates and COVID-19 impacted deliveries in some regions.

    NCARB is meeting with our psychometricians on a reoccurring basis to assess the volume of exam results and continues to prepare to process the cut scores as soon as enough data is in hand to provide valid results that fairly assess candidates' performance.

    At this time, early score results are expected to be completed in late January with lower volume divisions being released in early February. NCARB will be releasing greater information about the specifics around each division's progress in a candidate communication next week.

    Although the length of time to release the score results is longer than NCARB had desired, we are committed to ensuring that all cut scores are fully vetted before impacting any candidate. Expect to hear more next week.

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    Afxentis Christoforou

    Would it be possible to give us an idea of what % complete each division is? Like 300/400 for PPD etc. I think this will give a lot of people some ease.

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    Thomas Hill (Edited )

    I agree with Afxentis. A progress update for each division would be much appreciated. How many tests have been taken for each division out of the 400 required to determine the cut scores?

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    NCARB (Edited )

    Candidates that tested on Practice Management should expect their score results first as this division has the highest delivery volume at this time. Project Planning & Design and Project Management have the next highest volumes of current deliveries. Programming & Analysis, Project Development & Documentation, and Construction & Evaluation are expected to be the last divisions released.

    PcM should hit 400 administrations this week and then the final analysis will happen and the establishment process completed by the end of January.

    PPD and PjM should hit 400 administrations early next week (around the 20th) with data analysis starting then and score results being released in early February.

    The remaining three divisions, PA, PDD, and CE, should hit 400 administrations in late January (around the 26th) with the data analysis being completed as soon as possible and results released hopefully in the same early February timeframe.

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    Thomas Hill

    Thank you!

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    Afxentis Christoforou

    Thanks for the update and transparency!

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    Madison Gilmore

    Thank you for the update, that is helpful. For the divisions that won't be ready until early February, has there been any consideration for a time extension (similar to what NCARB did during the height of the pandemic) or any other incentive? 

    If it is taking longer than anticipated to determine the new cut score, I think a time extension on the rolling clock should be considered. This is potentially causing delays for test takers not knowing their score therefore not knowing if they need to schedule a retake right away. If a time extension is not feasible, will the 2 month waiting period for scheduling a retake be waived?

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