A panel of content experts established a passing score for the PTCE using industry best practices. The method used by the panel, as directed by a psychometrician, is known as the modified-Angoff method. This method requires that field experts (panel members) evaluate individual test items and estimate the percentage of qualified pharmacy technicians that would be able to answer correctly. These estimates were analyzed for consistency and averaged to produce the passing score. The passing score and all candidate results are reported as scaled scores. The passing scaled score for the update PTCE is 1400, with a range of possible scores of 1000 to 1600. The passing scaled score for the previous PTCE is 650, with a range of possible scores of 300 to 900.
Scaled Scores and Equating
The use of scaled scores is necessary because different forms of the PTCE are administered every year, and these forms may fluctuate slightly in difficulty. PTCB uses multiple forms containing different items to minimize item exposure and ensure the continuing relevance of test items. To ensure that the results of candidates taking two different forms are equivalent, PTCB uses a process known as statistical equating. Statistical equating is a process by which scores on different forms of the PTCE are calibrated onto a common scale. Equating ensures that candidates of comparable proficiency will be likely to obtain approximately the same scaled scores regardless of fluctuations in the overall difficulty level from one examination form to another.
Confidentiality of Scores Policy
Candidates are allowed four attempts to pass the PTCE. Candidates must apply and pay for each attempt. Candidates who are unsuccessful at passing the PTCE must wait 60 days from the most recent attempt to apply for the second and third attempts, and 6 months for the final attempt. After four attempts, candidates will need to petition PTCB in writing for additional attempts. Petitions will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Petitions will only be considered and approved by PTCB based on a showing of reasonable cause or compelling circumstances supporting another examination attempt.