Changes to the 2019 (not 2018) ACZM Exam
Important Information for All Mentors and Future Examinees to Read
Over the past year and a half, the ACZM has worked with Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT) to conduct an objective exam validation study to systematically evaluate, standardize and strengthen our examination process. Based on the results of this study and recommendations from SMT, the ACZM has decided to change the Day 1 Qualifying Examination to a compensatory scoring model starting with the 2019 examination. Specifically, this means that an overall passing score from all 5 sections combined, rather than each section individually, will be used. The passing score (“cut score”) for the Day 1 Qualifying Examination will be set annually through a process called standard setting which is a systematic evaluation of the question content and difficulty on each section of the examination by subject matter experts (ACZM diplomates). SMT will oversee the standard setting process which determines the cut score needed to pass the Day 1 Qualifying exam (all 5 sections combined) to progress to the Day 2 Certification Examination. Utilizing this standardized process will improve consistency of our examination from year to year and ensure that we are appropriately evaluating the knowledge required to be a diplomate in our College.
This change will eliminate the banking of sections on the Day 1 Qualifying Examination. Any candidate that does not achieve a combined passing score across all five Day 1 sections will have to repeat the entire Qualifying Examination the following year. Those individuals that pass 3 or 4 out of 5 Day 1 sections on the 2018 exam, will only be required to take the remaining 1 or 2 sections on the 2019 exam. Those 1 or 2 sections will be scored using the compensatory scoring model. The 2018 qualifying examination will be scored according to the current policies and procedures (65% passing score on each section).
Answers to Anticipated Frequently Asked Questions are available on the ACZM website.