Scoring and Results
Last verified on February 23, 2018
All ABR exam scoring is criterion referenced, meaning that a passing standard is established in advance of the exam. The exam is not graded on a curve, and there is no set percentage of failures.
If a candidate meets or exceeds the passing standard when all categories are scored together, then the candidate will have passed the exam.
If a candidate meets or exceeds the passing standard when all categories are scored together, but fails the physics category, then he or she will have conditioned the exam and must repeat the physics category.
If a candidate does not meet or exceed the passing standard when all categories are scored together, including physics, then he or she will have failed the exam and must repeat the entire exam.
After the exam has been scored, the Board will post your results in your password-protected myABR account. Program directors and chairs will receive the same information for all their candidates and former candidates in order to help in evaluating and improving their training programs. Results for the Core Exam are posted approximately eight to ten weeks after the exam.
Core Exam Average Results
Residents ONLY (taking exam for the first time)
||Avg Percent Passed
||Avg Percent Failed
||Avg Number Taking
|2015 – 2017
Numbers are rounded for presentation.
Why has the scoring process for the Core Exam changed?
The Core Exam results have been carefully analyzed since the exam’s inception. The examinee results of the Core Exam to date have been, in effect, pass/fail, except for physics content.
Will the change impact the overall Core Exam pass/fail rate?
Since its first administration in 2013, the outcomes of the Core Exam have been remarkably consistent. More than 5,000 candidates have taken the exam, and the only category that has been conditioned is physics. As such, we do not anticipate any statistically significant changes to the Core Exam pass/fail rates.
Is it still possible to receive a conditioned Core Exam result?
Yes. However, the only category that can now be conditioned is physics.
What type of exam will I take if I condition the physics category of the Core Exam?
You would only need to repeat the physics category for the next administration of the Core Exam.
Will detailed organ system and modality performance feedback for the Core Exam still be available?
Yes. Detailed organ system and modality performance feedback is provided to every candidate who takes the Core Exam.