Interpreting the ABFAS In-training Examination Scores
The In-training Examinations score reports help residents and directors understand how examination performance changes over the course of their residency training. The reports also provide a comparison to others in the same group of examinees.
The didactic and CBPS In-training Examination scores are reported as scaled scores rather than raw scores or percent correct. Scores are transformed into scaled scores so they remain comparable across different versions of the examination and as the examinations change over time. The didactic and CBPS In-training Examinations scores are both reported on a scale of 200-800.
There is no pass/fail option for the In-training Exams so there is no minimum score required to pass. For comparison, the minimum score required to pass the Part I Foot didactic examination is 405, and the minimum score required to pass the Part I RRA didactic examination is 450.
Residents receive a printed preliminary didactic examination score report at the test site upon completion of the examination. This report shows the weighting and scaled scores for each skill area and a total scaled score. Residency directors do not have access to the preliminary report.
Didactic score reports become available on PRR about 6 weeks after the examination window has closed. Residency directors have access to the same reports as individual residents in their program. Residents and residency directors can view reports directly on PRR, and there is a downloadable version residents can save and print.
Each didactic examination score report shows the resident’s scaled scores for the six-foot surgery subject areas along with the total scaled score in the “Your Score” column. The total score is the most important score to consider because it reliably measures each resident’s knowledge of all subject areas. Individual scaled scores for each subject area are also reported, but they are not a reliable measure of knowledge or ability level in each of the subject areas because there are too few items being tested in each subject area. However, these subject category scores are a useful illustration of relative strengths and weaknesses among the subject areas. Although performance in each subject area is a factor of the total score, because each subject area is weighted differently, the total score is not simply the sum, nor average, of all subject area scores.
Mean Subject Area scores by PGY show the relative performance of these groups among the subject areas. When compared to the mean total scores for each PGY, residents can see their overall performance relative to each PGY group. The mean scores are limited
to In-training Examinations administered in the same examination year.
CBPS Examination Score Report
CBPS score reports are available only on PRR about 6 weeks after the examination window has closed. (There is no preliminary report for CBPS handed out at the testing center). Two versions of the report are available on PRR: one that can be viewed directly on PRR and a downloadable version. Both versions include report templates for Foot and RRA cases. However, RRA scores are reported only for residents in PGY 3 and PGY 4 (if applicable) who are in RRA programs because they are the only group that receives RRA cases on the examination.
As with the didactic examination results, the CBPS total score is a reliable measure of the knowledge and interpretive skills deemed appropriate for a podiatric surgical resident. Mean total scores of each PGY group provide a relative comparison with the resident’s total score. (This is not shown on the downloadable version of the score report.)
Mean scores for each CBPS subject area are not given because of the small number of items given for each case. Instead, the CBPS examination score report shows how the resident performed relative to the average of all others who have taken the CBPS examination during the same examination year. This is reported in each subject area as either “above,” “below,” or at the “average” of all other examinees in the same PGY group. Comparative subject area data are not available for other PGY groups.