Participants Aren’t Thrown a Curve by OLA

Participants Aren’t Thrown a Curve by OLA

To ensure fairness and relevancy, the ABR’s exams and assessments are criterion-referenced. That includes Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA), the ongoing evaluation tool that enables diplomates to fulfill Part 3 of Maintenance of Certification.

Criterion-referenced exams and assessments aren’t graded on a curve, and a participant’s score isn’t impacted by others’ performances. In addition, OLA questions are designed to not require study time.

The passing standard for each OLA question is established by participants who volunteer as question raters. This is an important OLA feature – the radiology community sets the passing standard for OLA. Any participant can serve as a question rater.

Anyone with questions about OLA should contact our certification services division at or (520) 790-2900.

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