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Does CAPR use a bell curve to make pass-fail decisions?

No. Each PCE candidate is assessed against an absolute standard of performance that is not affected by how other candidates perform on the exam.

This absolute standard is set against absolute criteria of competency, as determined by a group of practicing physiotherapist subject-matter experts. The standard of minimally-competent performance—also called the ‘pass mark’ or ‘cut score’—is set using a well-established criterion-referenced standard setting methodology that reflects best practices in testing.

If a candidate achieves a total score equal to or greater than the pass mark, they receive a ‘pass’. If a candidate achieves a total score less than the pass mark, they receive a ‘fail’.