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Exam Question Types and Scoring

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  • UPDATE: More information on exam formats including exam demos can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam.aspx#tab4

    Question Types

    Microsoft Certification exams include various formats and question types to accurately evaluate the candidate's knowledge and skills.

    Formats might include:

    • Case study format
    • Simulations
    • Virtual labs

    Question types might include:

    • Multiple-choice questions
    • Hot-area questions
    • Active-screen questions
    • Drag-and-drop questions
    • Build-list and reorder questions
    • Performance-based testing
    • Extended Matching

    Microsoft continually introduces innovative testing technologies and question types and reserves the right to incorporate either into exams at any time without advance notice.

    Additional information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-prep.aspx#tab2

    Scoring

    Here is some general information about exam scoring:

    • There is no penalty for guessing. If you choose an incorrect answer, you simply do not earn a point for that item. No points are deducted for incorrect answers. This is subject to change as Microsoft continues to introduce new and innovative question types.
    • If a question specifies that you must choose multiple correct answers, you must choose all of the correct answers in order to earn a point for that item. This is subject to change as Microsoft continues to introduce new and innovative question types.
    • Some questions on the exam may not be included in the calculation of your score. To gather data to update and improve the quality of each exam, we present new content to candidates without counting the results toward their score. However, as soon as we have the necessary data to evaluate the quality of the question, it will be scored. Microsoft will not inform candidates as to which questions are unscored; as a result, you should answer every question as if it will be scored.

    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) exams

    All MCTS and MCITP 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 number of items that you got correct is compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail. The exam delivery provider's software generates the scaled score and bars shown on your score report based on scoring information provided by Microsoft.

    Microsoft Office exams

    All Microsoft Office exam scores are reported on a scale of 1 to 1,000. The passing score varies from exam to exam and is provided on the score report. The actual cut score percentage is determined by a group of subject-matter experts using a process similar to that used to set the cut score for MCTS and MCITP exams. After you complete your exam, the points you earned are compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail.

    Microsoft Dynamics exams

    We are in the process of migrating Microsoft Dynamics exams to scaled scores similar to what we use for MCTS and MCITP exams. For exams that have been migrated, the passing score is 700; for those that have not been migrated, the cut score is reported as a percentage of items that candidates need to answer correctly in order to pass the exam. Regardless of whether the cut score is reported as a scaled score or a percentage, the proportion of items that candidates must answer correctly varies from exam to exam and ranges between 60 and 80 percent. The passing score is determined by a group of subject matter experts. After you complete your exam, the points you earned are compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail.

    Additional information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-prep.aspx#tab3


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
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    2012년 3월 8일 목요일 오전 9:59

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  • Microsoft has announces that short answer code questions will start appearing in exams soon.

    Short answer code questions test a candidates ability to write code that will solve the problem described in the question.

    More information can be found at Born to Learn - Short answer code questions coming soon!


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
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    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
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    2012년 5월 11일 금요일 오후 11:31
  • Here's some generic information from Liberty Munson (Microsoft's psychometrician) about exam scoringd why question counts are not released for exams:

    1. Why does Microsoft 'scale' scores? The actual cut score (the number of items you need to answer correctly) is based on input from a group of subject-matter experts who review the difficulty of the item pool in relation to the expected skills of the target audience. As a result, the number of items that you have to answer correctly varies depending on the difficulty of the items delivered (this ensures that regardless of which combination of items you see, the evaluation of skills is fair; if you get a more difficult set of items, the number to pass is less than if you saw an easier set of items). So, providing a simple "here's the precent you answered correctly" wouldn't be useful information to someone who had to take the exam multiple times and saw different combinations of items with different levels of difficulty.

      We provide scaled scores so that you can determine if your performance is changing from one administration to the next (if you have to retake the exam); because the number correct to pass varies based on the difficulty of the item pool, if you see a difficult combination of items, your performance may actually be higher in relation to standard required to pass even though you answered fewer questions (a lower percentage) correctly than if you saw an easier set of items. It simplifies your ability to evaluate improvements in your performance over time. By the way, scaling scores is standard practice across the certification and licensure industry.
    2. Using the length of the bars to estimate your performance: Although each item is worth one point, each section (functional group) of the exam contains a different number of questions therefore you cannot measure the length of the bar and use that to determine the actual number of items you answered correctly. If you do well on a section that contains 3 items but poorly on a section that has 10 items, your estimate based on the length of the bars will be off. You have to account for the fact that each section of the exam, represented by a bar on your score report, contains a different number of questions.
    3. Non-Disclosure Agreement: Although the number of items is not explicitly identified in the NDA, "disseminating exam content" is, and we consider the number of items on an exam to be part of "exam content." More important, both the number of items and length of exam can change at any time as we continue to maintain the validity and reliability of the exam. Sharing this level of information sets expectations for candidates that may not be appropriate when they take the exam. By the way, the cut score changes, too, because it's based on the difficulty of the items delivered in relation to the expected skills of the target audience (see my first response), so even speculating on this does a significant disservice to candidates who are preparing for the exam because it may change the way they study for and take the exam.

     


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    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
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    2012년 11월 14일 수요일 오전 1:54
  • Thank you for such a good information to provide Microsoft certification information. This information about certification products are very helpful for students

    Mical stewan

    2012년 11월 19일 월요일 오전 7:43