CBIC pilots each examination content outline by administering the examination forms to a pool of eligible candidates. CBIC, along with its testing agency and a group of CIC® certified subject matter experts, uses these pilot examination results as the main component in a standard-setting study to determine the minimum passing score (referred to as the cut score) for the main forms of the CIC® examination. The purpose of the cut score is to establish the threshold at which a candidate demonstrates minimum competency in infection control. There are four different variations of the examination to help ensure exam security, and each exam cut score varies slightly to account for the small variations in difficulty among these exams.
After the cut score is determined and the examination is re-published with the cut score implemented, candidates will receive an automatic score report at the time of exam completion at the testing center. This score report displays their score out of 135 total scored items on the exam – the other 15 items on the examination are in pre-test slots, to determine their validity and reliability, and do not count towards a candidate’s score. To preserve the integrity of the examination, CBIC cannot give out answers to incorrect questions. If a candidate receives a passing score, they are notified that they passed and are given their cumulative score on the exam. In accordance with the 2016 NCCA Standards, candidates who fail the examination, receive on their score report a diagnostic indicator of their performance in each of the eight domains on a diagnostic scale to help them better prepare to retest.
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