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70-680: Which percentage do you need to score to pass the exam?

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  • I don't know if the percentage varies just like the number of questions, but i'd really like to know if there is a standard percentage from which you'd pass the exam.

    Thanks!

     

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:59 AM

Answers

  • Most exams require 700 points out of 1000.

    But that isn't necessarily equal to 70% of questions answered correctly. The scale is not guaranteed to be linear.

     

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:10 AM
  • Some questions on the exam might not be included in the calculation of your score. To gather data to update and improve the quality of Microsoft Certification exams, we need to present new content to candidates without counting the results toward their score.

    All Microsoft exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700. The actual cut score (the number of items you need to answer correctly) is determined by a group of subject-matter experts. A common misperception is that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam; however, the actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent, depending on the input provided by the subject-matter experts who helped us set the cut score. After you complete your exam, the points you earned are compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail. Prometric's software generates the scaled score and bars shown on your score report from scoring information provided by Microsoft.

    Read more here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/certification/exam-prep.aspx#tab3

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 1:33 PM

All replies

  • Most exams require 700 points out of 1000.

    But that isn't necessarily equal to 70% of questions answered correctly. The scale is not guaranteed to be linear.

     

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:10 AM
  • Some questions on the exam might not be included in the calculation of your score. To gather data to update and improve the quality of Microsoft Certification exams, we need to present new content to candidates without counting the results toward their score.

    All Microsoft exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700. The actual cut score (the number of items you need to answer correctly) is determined by a group of subject-matter experts. A common misperception is that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam; however, the actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent, depending on the input provided by the subject-matter experts who helped us set the cut score. After you complete your exam, the points you earned are compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail. Prometric's software generates the scaled score and bars shown on your score report from scoring information provided by Microsoft.

    Read more here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/certification/exam-prep.aspx#tab3

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 1:33 PM