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Instant Scoring Now Available for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Certification Examination

Beginning with the June computer-based testing administration, CPH candidates will receive their score reports before they leave the testing facility. This new process gives the candidate instant results regardless of their pass or fail status.


Previous to the adoption of instant scoring, NBPHE conducted a content-based analysis for each testing administration to generate statistical information for determining the minimum passing standard (Angoff and Hofstee procedures). A standard-setting committee determined the score required to achieve certification using results from the study and performance data on the exam. Because this analysis and standard-setting process took place after the end of each administration, candidates were required to wait for at least several weeks before they could receive their results.

The NBPHE will now use a more common method known as pre-equating, which will use the past-performance of items to determine the passing score. Please note that candidates sitting for paper-based exams will not receive instant results. Schools and programs will also continue to receive cumulative results following each administration.

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