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 notify each candidate via email that his or her examination results are ready to view in their MY APCA account. RESULTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE TESTING CENTER NOR GIVEN OVER THE TELEPHONE OR BY FAX.
Scores are expected to be released and posted to each candidates MY APCA account approximately 8 - 10 weeks following the end of the examination adminstration window. Candidates will receive an email notification, sent to the email address provided during application for the examination, that scores are available. Scores provide information that the candidate has either passed or failed the examination as well as 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. If the email address on file is no longer accessible to you, please log in to your MY APCA account to update it.
Candidates who pass the CBNC exam will be listed on APCA's Directory of Certificants approximately 2 weeks after the exam scores are released.
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 emailed to CBNC@apca.org or alternatively uploaded into your MY APCA account - upon uploading your documents you must notify staff via email to request conversion and indicate that you have uploaded into the system.
Request for Score Verification
If you have questions about the accuracy of your score, we can perform a score verification for $35 USD. Score verification ensures that the computer counted the correct and incorrect answers appropriately, but it does not review the questions and answers. When deciding whether to have your score verified, please keep in mind that the CBNC examinations are scored electronically with a high degree of accuracy, and it is unlikely that verification will alter your original score.
If you are interested in obtaining verification, please submit a completed Examination Score Verification Form within 30 days of the date on your score availability email for the examination in question.
Candidates who fail the examination may appeal their score by following the APCA Appeals Policy. For an examination administration appeal to be considered, you must have reported the issue to Pearson VUE prior to leaving the test center and in writing to CBNC within five (5) days of taking the examination.