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Revised Test Schedule Part II For the Class of 2019

Revised Test Schedule Part II For the Class of 2019

The NBPME will implement a one-time change in the test schedule for the Part II written test for the Class of 2019. This is necessary to insert some additional steps in the test scoring process and still maintain the objective of meeting the residency match schedule. The AACPM board was consulted regarding the options available. NBPME regrets that this is necessary but agrees with AACPM that this is preferable to delaying the match process into April.

Once every five years, the NBPME updates the test specifications by conducting a practice analysis survey to ask practitioners what they do, how often they do each task, what knowledge they need for the task, etc. The outcome of that study is a set of revised test specifications. The adjustments are not substantial; however, they reflect changes in the weighting of different topics since the previous study.

Because the test design changes, it is necessary to establish a new passing score—still scaled to the threshold of 75. That means that Prometric must run an initial scoring and that the NBPME must convene a panel of practitioners to establish a new passing score in a standard setting session. Following that, the board must conduct a conference call to officially adopt the new score, which will be translated back to the scale score of 75. Finally, all the candidate tests are rescored against this new formula and scores are released. In order to do all of that and keep the score release and second test for retakes on schedule for the whole match process, the first test must be administered in December.

Activity Date
Part II Exam December 8th and 10th, 2018
PIN Call December 17, 2018
Standard Setting Meeting January 12-13, 2019
Cutscore Decision Call January 15, 2019
Release Scores February 1, 2019
CSPE February Re-takes February 19 – 23, 2019
Part II Re-take Exam February 25, 2019
Release Re-take Scores March 8, 2019
Match Week Begins Monday, March 18, 2019

The NBPME and AACPM agreed that the most suitable dates are Saturday, December 8 and Monday, December 10. Testing will be offered nationwide Saturday afternoon. Testing will also be offered all day Monday. In order to allow as much time for planning as possible, scheduling will open May 21, 2018.

Exam Fee Adjustment to Apply in 2017

The Board approved a change to the fee structure to take effect with the July 2017 Part I examination. Test fees for all written exams (not including Part II CSPE) will increase $25. The board took this action as part of considering the annual budget in recognition of the substantial costs incurred by the CSPE initiative. Board members agreed that increasing written fees by a relatively small amount was preferable to attempting to cover costs by CSPE charges alone.

The 2017 Part II exam fees and the June 2017 Part III exam fee will remain at $900. The Part II fee will increase $25 beginning with the January 2018 exam. The Part III fee will increase $25 beginning with the December 2017 exam.

What is APMLE?

The American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations (APMLE) are qualifying tests currently recognized or utilized by legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine in the states, provinces, and federal agencies listed in the Candidate Bulletin.

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