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Frequently Asked Questions

I passed. What was my score?

ASQ Certification Exams are not designed to "rank" the relative performance of successful candidates. Rather, the exams are designed specifically to differentiate between competent and not-competent test takers. If we were to report the scale scores to successful candidates, we would be violating a specific area of the assessment standards called "Test Use" – i.e., it would be a misuse of the ASQ exams if someone who scored a 580 claimed to be "more competent" than someone who scored a 560 or a 570. The ASQ exams would require a different basic design (and would serve a very different purpose) in order for that kind of statement to be valid.

So called "rank-comparison examinations" do exist and are primarily used in the educational field. They are called "norm-referenced" tests, and they are designed to indicate a candidate’s performance in relation to others who took that test. ASQ exams are criteria-based and are scored in terms of an established standard of performance that remains constant regardless of the variation in scores produced by any particular candidate population.

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