questions correctly. Candidates do not lose
points for skipped questions, nor do they lose
points for questions answered incorrectly.
Second, the candidate’s raw score is converted
in to a scaled score (reported on a 200-800 scale)
using a statistical process called equating.
Equating ensures that the candidate’s individual
score is not affected by the different forms of the
BOC exam or the level of ability of the other
candidates testing at the same time.
the calculation of the standard error of the mean.
Item analysis for each question and reliability
indexes are also calculated for the exam. Each
new exam version is equated to the initial or
anchor version to ensure that candidates are not
rewarded or penalized for taking different
versions of the exam.
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What do the multiple-choice questions
look like? Where can we find mock exams
and sample exam questions?
They can be found on the BOC website:
Sample Exam Question » s
Annually, candidate performance on the exam
is reported to the National Commission for
Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which is the
organization that oversees and accredits the
BOC’s certification program.
Where can I find a practice exam that
provides immediate feedback to each exam
Three different multiple-choice versions of
the BOC Self Assessment Exam are now
available in Test and Study Mode on the
Self Assessment Exam » s
Can I get a discounted rate for purchasing •
the Self Assessment Exam for my students?
Program Directors can buy Self Assessment
Exams in bulk batches at a discounted rate
for their students by contacting Stacy
Arrington at StacyA@bocatc.org.
The following information was suggested
and/or requested by Program Directors surveyed
at the end of 2008. Many of the items requested
are currently available on the BOC website. •
How do candidates apply and register for
The following links have step-by-step
instructions as well as video tutorials:
Easy Steps for Online Exam »
Easy Steps for Exam Registration and
How do unsuccessful exam candidates
know what they are doing wrong?
Beginning with the November 2009 exam,
unsuccessful BOC exam candidates will
receive a basic diagnostic report of their
exam results with their exam score letters.
They will also receive the Explanation of
Diagnostic Reports with their exam scores.