SCE pass mark review

26 Aug 2020

We have been given approval by the General Medical Council (GMC) to change the way the pass mark is calculated for the Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs).

Until now, the pass mark for all SCEs has been calculated using a compromise of two standard setting methodologies, the Angoff and Hofstee methods. This standard setting practice differs from the methodology used in our other written examinations, MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written, which use statistical test equating rather the Angoff-Hofstee compromise. From September 2020, the pass standard in all SCEs will also be set using test equating; this will help to ensure greater consistency in standard setting methodology across all written examinations delivered by MRCP(UK).

Although the standard setting methodology is changing, the pass mark will still be based on the performance of UK trainees. 

More information on statistical test equating and how it works can be found here.