Hottexas wrote:Does someone understand well how the scores are calculated? I know that P&E is 10% MPT 10% MBE 40% and Essays 40% but does someone know how they handle us this score? Is there any specific grade on the essay on the scale from 0 to 6, for instance? How do they deliver these scores? I have never received any but I would like to have the help of those who had taken more than once and received those scores. I would appreciate any help on understanding the scores besides to know the Fail/Pass. Thanks in advance.
Basically everything is based off the MBE percentiles and scaled score. So, for example, last February the MBE median was 136.4 (February is always lower because of the number of retakers, who tend to do worse on average than first-time takers). Each exam they standardize the scores to the two previous MBEs by using some questions that were given on those two previous exams. If this year's examinees do better on those questions, the MBE median will go up. Or vice versa. For the sake of argument let's say this year's examinees do the same as last February.
Now move along to the other parts: MPT is given a raw score of 0 to 6; P/E is scored at 5 raw points per answer for a potential 0 to 200 raw score; and essays are scored at 25 raw points each (but it doesn't really matter because of standardization); I think they may also standardize the essay raw scores before adding them together.
They then look at your raw scores for each section and see where it lines up in terms of percentiles. So let's assume that a 110 raw score on the P/E is the median. They'll then say, "Okay, this person was median on the P/E, and the corresponding median MBE scaled score is 136.4, so this person gets a 136.4 scaled score on their P/E." Or if the examinee's P/E score was 99th percentile, they'll say "well, 99th percentile on the MBE was a 185 scaled score [or whatever 99th %ile is], so this person got a 185 scaled PE score."
After they get all your scaled scores for the sections, they then add them up by taking 1/2 of yoru P/E and MPT scores and twice your Essay and MBE scores. For example, if you had a 120 P/E, 140 MPT, 135 MBE and 137 Essay:
120 * .5 = 60
140 * .5 = 70
135 * 2 = 270
137 * 2 = 274
Total = 674
At this point, if it's 675 or higher, you pass. If it's less than 670, you fail. If it's 670 to 674, your essays get automatically regraded. During the automatic regrade, your score can only go up; it can't go down. The regrader does not know what the first grade was, but puts his/her own raw score down. If the regrade raw score is higher than the first raw score, they recalculate your total score using the new raw score; if the regrade raw is lower than your first raw score, your score remains the same. For this reason, very few people actually fail with a 670-674.
As for your score report, if you pass, you will get two pieces of data: 1) overall score; 2) MBE score (since some states will allow you to bring your MBE score in and not have to retake that part of the exam). If you fail, they'll tell your scaled scores and your percentiles for each section of the exam. You can request additional information as well, but only if you fail.