NCE Scoring & Results

Scoring Procedures

Of the 200 items on the examination, only 160 items are scored to determine whether you meet or surpass the minimum criterion (passing) score for that form of the NCE. The remaining 40 items on the exam are being field tested to determine their appropriateness for future use. Since the 160 items to be scored are not identified in the exam booklet, you should respond with equal effort to all items.

The MAXIMUM possible score on the NCE is 160, and the minimum criterion (passing) score is derived from a modified Angoff procedure. The NCE is not scored on a "curve," therefore the candidate pool does not determine the passing score.

Examination Results

NBCC will mail examination results to examinees within eight weeks of the date of the examination. No scores are released by telephone. It is your responsibility to send written notification to NBCC if there is a change of address. Click here to email a change of address.

NBCC's score report contains: (1) your number of correct responses for 13 domains on the NCE and your TOTAL SCORE, which is the sum of the correct responses; (2) the group mean and standard deviation for each domain and the total exam; (3) the minimum criterion (passing) score for that form of the NCE. If your TOTAL SCORE meets or exceeds the minimum criterion score, you have passed the NCE. Score reports are mailed only to the examinee at the address provided on the NCC application or Exam Registration Form.

Your specific examination scores will not be released to a third party without your written permission. Scores cannot be released until all requirements, including fees, are fulfilled. There is a fee charged for sending score verifications to third parties. Click here for more information on requesting score verifications.