Exam results are processed as a group in one scoring session, approximately 3 weeks after each exam completion deadline. Examinees are notified of their result via email and a follow-up secure “score report” mailing, sent directly from the Academy’s impartial testing vendor. To ensure confidentiality, exam results will not be released via telephone, or fax by either AAHIVM or the testing vendor. The score report notification is followed by additional official correspondence directly from AAHIVM. Early submission of completed exam materials has no bearing on the result notification schedule. Candidates who pass the exam receive a three-year Academy credential, valid starting January 1 of the year following testing activity.
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Examinees who do not pass the exam on their first attempt in a given exam cycle (i.e., in “Wave 1”), or who submit anincomplete exam, or who are unable to submit any exam materials in Wave 1 are offered one opportunity to retest with no additional fee. Complete details on re-testing (“Wave 2”) are provided when applicable. Examinees who do not pass the exam during the re-test session (Wave 2) will not have an additional opportunity to re-test again during that testing cycle, and must re-apply (and meet all eligibility requirements) in the following year for further consideration. Note that there is never a public record of any unsuccessful attempt or non-passing result on any AAHIVM exam, and there is no refund of fees for candidates who do not achieve a passing score in the first or second Wave of testing in a given testing cycle.
AAHIVM exams are designed as pass/fail instruments. Exams of this type are crafted to measure a minimum standard of knowledge, and are not designed to defensibly differentiate the meaning between varying passing scores that exceed the standard. In compliance with certification examining practices, candidates who successfully complete the exam will only receive a “pass” status. This allows for all examinees to be assessed on a level playing field when taking different forms of the exam. This practice also emphasizes learning and prevents misuse of scores; for example, in the workplace, higher scores do not necessarily equate to better employee performance. Candidates who do not pass the exam will be advised on the score report of the passing standard, and their actual numerical score.
In accordance with testing industry and published psychometric standards, the Academy employs a highly defensible passing score determination process for each testing cycle. The passing standard is determined using a criterion-referenced method, which allows for the performance of each candidate taking the exam to be judged against a predetermined standard, rather than against other candidates. The pass point varies for each examination cycle, based on a detailed statistical analysis of aggregated exam item performance data, and an “equating” process which corrects for slight variances in the statistical “difficulty” of periodically revised exam forms. Statistically or anecdotally defective content is also identified at this step and removed from scoring. The Academy’s contract psychometrician then provides to AAHIVM a defensible cut score (passing standard) range for the exam, and the AAHIVM Credentialing Governance committee reviews the proceedings and determines an exact passing standard (or number of items needed correct for a passing result) from within the defensible range. The passing standard of the exam in any given year does not actually represent a percentage of passing candidates, nor the passing percentage of the exam. This is due in part to the fact that each exam form contains a number of non-scored “experimental” items which are gaining statistical field history for scored use on future exams. These items neither add to nor detract from an examinee’s score. This is typical practice for statistical validation of future certification exam content. Experimental items (and how many there are) are not revealed to the examinee. Official scoring commences for all submitted online or written exam materials once the pass point is set.
Scoring of all AAHIVM exams is conducted electronically or via optical scanning in a highly secure environment by a third party testing vendor. Scoring errors are extraordinarily rare. If, however, a mechanical or administrative scoring error is suspected, examinees may request Hand Scoring Verification. The cost for this service is not included in your AAHIVM testing fee.
To request Hand Scoring Verification, please download the form here.
The Academy’s measurement programs adhere to a “knowledge management” approach to testing, mirroring problem solving activities that would occur in the actual treatment of patients. AAHIVM testing instruments are designed with this approach in mind; that skilled providers of all kinds often need to access technical resources when solving complex clinical situations.
Accordingly, AAHIVM examinees may use any printed or online resource available to prepare for and complete the exam, but examinees must certify that they have completed their exam independently. Violations of this policy can result in punitive actions, up to and including the revocation of an active or new credential, and/or permanent exclusion from the program.
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