Exam Scoring & Reporting

Exam Scoring & Reporting

Determination of Passing Score and Reporting

The passing score for the Certification Examination in Nuclear Cardiology was set by an independent national panel of peers representing the disciplines involved in the practice of Nuclear Cardiology, 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 CBNC examination test results 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 CBNC examination.

Approximately ten (10) weeks following the administration of the examination, CBNC will mail each candidate his or her examination results. RESULTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE TESTING CENTER NOR GIVEN OVER THE TELEPHONE OR BY FAX.


Reporting Scores

Each candidate will receive a letter indicating whether s/he passed or failed along with a diagnostic report showing performance on each content area. Successful candidates with Diplomate status with CBNC (Testamurs will not receive this) will receive a certificate suitable for framing by mid April. 

Candidates who pass the CBNC exam will be listed on the CBNC directory under the Verify Certification tab approximately 2 weeks after the exam scores have been mailed.



Candidates who applied as Testamurs and who passed the CBNC exam, will need to provide CBNC with documentation of having passed the Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiology board examination as well as documentation of having a current, full and unrestricted medical license before a CBNC 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 board's website documenting board certified status in Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiology will be accepted as documentation for board certification.  To document full and current medical licensure, a copy of the license (with expiration date) or a print-out from the state/country medical licensure board's website documenting current, full and unrestricted medical license will be accepted.  The appropriate documentation may be scanned and emailed to cbnc@apca.org or alternatively be faxed to CBNC at 301-424-0875.


Request for Score Verification

Candidates who fail the examination may request score verification so that their examination be rescored to verify reported scores. Score verification ensures that the computer counted the correct and incorrect answers appropriately, but it does not review the questions and answers. The fee for this service is $35 and can only be made by logging to your CBNC account.  The fee must be paid online via credit card at the time the request is submitted. Requests for score verification can be honored only up to 60 days from the date on the score letter.



Candidates who fail the examination may appeal their score by following the APCA Due Process and Appeals policy. The appeal must be for reasons related to the examination administration and not soley that you prepared for the examination and did not pass. Appeals based solely on the belief that the Candidate would have passed; or that he/she prepared intensely and has practiced nuclear cardiology for years will not be considered. For an appeal to be considered, you must have reported the issue to Pearson VUE prior to leaving the test center and with CBNC within 48 hours of taking the examination as outlined above under "Contact the CBNC office if you experience any problems." Documentation to support your appeal must be submitted with your appeal request. Candidates who feel they have a legitimate reason to appeal their scores must contact staff to obtain a copy of the Due Process and Appeals policy.