Frequently Asked Questions about IQCP Exam
How is the IQCP exam administered?
The IQCP exam is a closed book, test conducted online with a remote proctor ensuring test security and a stressless test environment for test takers around the world.
Who proctors the test and how does that work online?
What are the technical requirements for online proctoring?
See the ProctorU Technical Requirements
Will the exams be available in non-English languages?
The exam is available in English only.
What happens after I’ve taken the exam?
You will receive your results within two to six weeks of the exam date.
Candidates who pass the exam can apply for IQCP certification.
Candidates who do not pass the exam will be able to re-take it later.
What is the pass point of the exam?
The passing score or cut score for the exam is 500, on a scale that ranges from 300 to 600 points.
How is the exam scored, and why use scaled scores instead of raw scores?
The scoring is based on the number of items answered correctly out of the total number of scored items, and there is a raw score passing point (the cut score) that determines whether a candidate has passed or failed. The passing score (or cut score) for the IQCP examination was established by a panel of subject matter experts using a psychometrically sound, legally defensible, criterion-referenced process. During this process, committee members discussed the minimum level of competency required to pass the examination.
Setting a cut score based on general standards that are applicable primarily to training and education (i.e., 80%) would not be considered psychometrically sound nor would it be legally defensible.
Testing professionals realize that candidates need feedback about their performance. From a candidate perspective, the number of correct items would be the simplest to interpret, but it also opens up the potential for scores to be misinterpreted.
First, the IQCP examination is a criterion reference test. This means that there is a single cut score indicating the minimum competency needed for passing. It does not matter by how much a candidate passes or fails.
Second, to ensure that the examinations are relevant, and to maintain test security, examination forms are updated on a regular basis. As a result, over time candidates receive different sets of test items. Statistical adjustments are made to ensure equivalency of scores across forms. We then scale scores so that the scale is the same regardless of which form of the examination a candidate takes. Many programs use scaled scores, including the USA ACT® and SAT® examinations, licensure examinations for most medical and legal professions, and many certification and licensure examinations, such as professional certifications offered by HRCI, ASQ and others.
Since candidates still need some type of feedback to help understand proficiency across the content areas, a breakdown by domain is provided to each candidate who did not pass. This information is intended to assist the candidate in preparing for exam retake.
It is important to note that the raw score and cut score cannot be determined by looking at the summary feedback that indicates percent of domain passed. As in most examinations, whether certification and licensure or education, a number of field test items are distributed throughout the examination for analysis. Some domains may have more field test items than others. These items are not scored and do not contribute to the final score. If a percentage for a domain is 17%, that is 17% of the scored items in that domain, not of the total number of items on the examination.