The CIA exam grading system is similar to the other accounting exams, but there are some unique features that you may find interesting.
For those who prefer to read the text, here is the grading mechanism:
1. Fully Graded by Computer
Given this exam is 100% consisting of multiple choice questions, candidates can get an unofficial pass / fail score right after the exam.
2. Questions Equally Weighted
Because there are no essays, case studies and other long questions, all questions are equally weighted. Also, there is no penalty for wrong answers.
3. Not All Questions are Counted
There are pre-test questions throughout the exam. They are used to determine if the questions adequately test a candidate’s knowledge in a given topic, and possibly be used in future exams. The pre-test questions are randomly displayed and you have no way to differentiate them from the graded ones.
Under the current system, the passing score is calculated based on its difficulty. In other words, the number of correct questions required to pass the exam can be different from one another.
For example, if a candidate needs to answer 75% of the questions correctly in an exam with “standard difficulty”, he might only need to reach 70% on a set of more difficult questions in order to pass.
All the raw scores are converted into a reporting scale of 250 to 750 points.
Out of the range of 250 to 750, the passing score is 600.
Again, it is not a straight calculation, as in you cannot assume the passing percentage is 600 / 750 = 80%. All we know is that it’s a scaled scoring system and it’s fair.
Once you complete the exam, you will immediately see a pass/fail score on the screen. For successful candidates, there will only be one word of “Pass” on the screen. For those who fail, there will be a numeric score (a number between 250 and 600) so candidates have an idea how far off they are from the passing 600 mark.
Unofficial results are available immediately after the exam.
You can check the official results in the CCMS system on the IIA website after 24-72 hours. Failing candidates also receive an indication of their performance on each major exam topic area. This will let you know the topics areas on which you performed well and those on which you need improvement.
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