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Change Assessment or Score Requirements

Once a passing score is established, licensing agencies should continue to conduct structured, periodic reviews of their passing score to assure that candidates meeting the passing score demonstrate acceptable levels of knowledge, skill and ability. On occasion, licensing agencies may feel that an adjustment is appropriate to either the selection of assessments or the passing score requirement, and should evaluate the effects prior to applying a new passing score.

Changing a Passing Score

When a state licensing agency decides to change the official passing score on an assessment, the agency files score change paperwork with ETS. This paperwork indicates what the new passing score will be and when that score becomes effective. Once received and processed, the adopted assessments and scores are posted to the ETS® NOTE website and entered into the operational scoring system for implementation.

Changing an Assessment Requirement

A state licensing agency may decide that another assessment would better reflect the knowledge and skills needed to be tested for a particular certification or licensure area, or a particular license may no longer be offered for that agency. When this occurs, the agency files a drop form to indicate which assessment is to be discontinued, the date of discontinuation and which licenses are affected by the change. Once the form is received and processed, the dropped assessments and scores are removed from the NOTE website and are discontinued in the operational scoring system on the appropriate date.

If the state agency chooses to replace the discontinued assessment with another title, the state will go through the appropriate adoption process and file the appropriate paperwork.

For More Information

To learn more about changing a passing score or assessment requirement, contact your Client Relations Director at