ABD 2017 and 2018 Certification Exam Results

Very recently, the ABD determined that a psychometric error in the scoring of the 2017 and 2018 certification examination resulted in several candidates having been told they had failed when in fact they should have received a passing grade.  This error affected five candidates in 2017 and eight candidates in 2018.  All such candidates were notified of the error promptly after ABD received notification of the issue from the company that performs the psychometric analysis.  The ABD has extended its sincerest apologies to each of those candidates. 

The error occurred on exams in which an answer was left blank.  According to the psychometric company, a code in the company’s analysis software resulted in a frame shift for subsequent answers.  This shift caused answers that were correct to have been erroneously graded as incorrect.  Although standard processes for checking for errors were followed by the psychometric company, those processes did not result in detection of the error.  Rather, the error was discovered only through retrospective review of certain exam results.

ABD followed up as quickly and as appropriately as we could.  We required the psychometric company to determine whether a similar error had been made in previous certification exams or other exams administered by ABD.  Careful review of those exams indicates that the error was limited to the 2017 and 2018 certification exams. 

The candidates who were erroneously thought to have failed are being certified retroactively.  ABD will do its best to avoid any further errors in the scoring of its exams.  Again, we apologize for this error.  Any questions about this matter should be addressed to the ABD at communications@abderm.org.












ABD 2017 and 2018 Certification Exam Results

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