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How does pass mark work

Discussion in 'General CompTIA Certifications' started by j1mgg, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. j1mgg

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    I was just wondering how the pass mark works for comptia exams. I think it would be a good thing to have in this part of the forum.

    Thanks
     
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  2. zebulebu

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    You score over the pass mark - you pass. You score under the pass mark - you fail.
    :biggrin
    Simples.
     
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  3. simonkn

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    "You score over the pass mark - you pass. You score under the pass mark - you fail.

    Simples."



    And he still wonders why people think Croydon's the arsehole of London??

    I'm only annoyed as he got there first with the sarcastic comment - AND the fact I was born in MayDay hospital, Croydon!
     
  4. zebulebu

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    LOL - ya want sarcasm, you should check out some of my other posts - this was mild in comparison!

    And kudos to you on being born in MayDay and surviving without any major birth defects.
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    LOL @ this thread

    Nobody knows how the pass marks work because compTIA and Microsoft etc don't release this info to try and stop cheating.

    With the A+ when I took it I thought some questions were worth more than others but I would be guessing.

    I have heard of people failing on MS exams even though they have scored over 700 which is what their pass mark is and apparently some people have scored over a 1000 which is what their top mark is supposed to be.

    It is thought that some questions with multiple answers may only score one or two marks but a question with one answer on a harder topic may score more.
     
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  6. simonkn

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    A major corporation changing the goalposts to suit its standing?

    REALLY? seriously, you jest???
     
  7. JonnyMX

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    We've covered this before, and basically Zeb is right - albeit phrased in his own special way.

    Does it really matter 'how the passmark works'?
    Passmarks for exams are always published so you know what you're aiming for, however it isn't always the case that 'one correct answer equals one point'. Some questions are weighted differently than others and sometimes you come across beta questions that don't count towards your total.

    Is a 'choose one from the following four' question worth the same as a 'choose all that apply from the following ten', or a simulation?

    Knowing how the score works isn't any use to you.
    All you can do is turn up on the day and do your best.
    You won't have a clue how well you have done until you click that 'end test' button - and would it really matter if you did?

    Wouldn't it be great if they showed your score as you worked through the exam?
    That way you could keep guessing at answers until you got a mark for it, then move onto the next question.

    :biggrin
     
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  8. JonnyMX

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    Zeb, if you're planning on flying on holiday this year make sure you leave a bit of extra time for check-in...






    And wear clean pants.


    :eek:
     
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    Now now Jonny,

    In 10 years i've only ever had two people met by HMCE at Heathrow with a smile and a rubber glove. (grin)

    True though innit. What's the point in knowing the pass mark? I deal with exams every day and our delegates are constantly asking for the pass mark and "what happens if i fail?"
    What happened to people knowing their stuff and giving an exam a bloody good go??

    Is the price of failure that high these days???

    can i say it??? go on, let me.......

    "I blame it on the YOOF of today!!" ahhhh that felt better...
     
  10. soundian

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    You might have missed this thread but it seems anyone who says they got over 700 and failed, or got over 1000, in a MS exam is either confused or telling porkies.
     
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  11. greenbrucelee
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    maybe the guy at my work is lying, he failed one of his MCSA exams and he says he scored 710 :blink
     
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  12. wagnerk
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    I guess it depends on when he sat the exam, the standard passing score of 700 was brought in about 6 or 5 years ago. Before that different exams had different passing scores.

    -Ken
     
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    this was 3 months ago :D
     
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    Either he got "mixed" up with his score report or he found a way to bend time so that he could take the exam in the past.

    My gut feeling is the latter :twisted:

    -ken
     
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  15. JonnyMX

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    He bent time?

    That's awesome!!!

    :eek::biggrin
     
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  16. simonkn

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    Did he take it in Charlotte, North Carolina? I think that's a town that's still operating in the late 70's...
     
  17. BosonMichael
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    You must not have ever been there. :rolleyes: Charlotte's quite a nice place, and has a fair bit of technology considering its proximity to Raleigh.
     
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