Determination of Passing Score and Reporting
The passing score for the CBCCT certification examination is set by an independent national panel of peers representing the disciplines involved in the practice of cardiovascular CT, drawn from both private practice and academia. The passing score is based on an expected level of knowledge; it is not related to the distribution of scores obtained during a particular examination administration. Thus, in any given year, a candidate has the same chance of passing the examination whether the group taking the examination at that time tends to have high scores or low scores. In other words, each candidate is measured against a standard of knowledge, not against the performance of the other individuals taking the examination.
The CBCCT examination test result is a PASS or FAIL decision. Examinees will receive a scaled score, ranging from 300 to 700. A scaled score of at least 555 is required to pass the CBCCT examination.
Approximately ten (10) weeks after the examination, CBCCT will mail examination results to each Candidate. Results will not be available onsite at the test center and will NOT be given over the phone, by fax or by email. Each Candidate will receive a letter indicating whether s/he passed or failed as well as a diagnostic report showing performance in each content area. The CBCCT examination test result is a PASS or FAIL decision. Examinees will receive a scaled score ranging from 300 to 700. A scaled score of at least 555 is required to pass the CBCCT examination.
Candidates who pass the CBCCT examination will be listed on the Diplomate directory under the Verify Certification tab of the CBCCT website approximately 2 weeks after the scores are mailed. Candidates with Diplomate status will also receive a certificate suitable for framing by mid January.
Request for Score Verification
Candidates who fail the examination may request verification of scores for a $35 fee. Score Verification requests and payments can be made online by logging in to your CBCCT account. Verification of score can be honored only up to 60 days following the date of the examination results letter. Candidates who fail the examination may appeal the score by following the Due Process Policy standards. The appeal must be for reasons related to examination administration and not solely that you prepared for the examination and did not pass. For an appeal to be considered, you must have reported the issue to Pearson VUE prior to leaving the examination center and to CBCCT within five (5) days of taking the examination as outlined above.
A candidate who is not successful in passing the examination may submit an appeal by following the Due Process Policy standards.
Candidates who applied as Testamur and passed the CBCCT examination must provide CBCCT with documentation of having successfully passed the Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiology board examination and a copy of their current medical license (with expiration date) before a CBCCT certificate can be mailed and name added to the roster of Diplomates. A copy of the letter from the certifying board or a print-out from the certifying boards’ website will be accepted as documentation and can be emailed to CBCCT@apca.org or alternatively faxed to CBCCT at 301-424-0875.