This page explains how the pass mark is set for the RCOG’s Diploma exam (DRCOG).
What is the pass mark for the DRCOG?
The DRCOG uses a pass mark that has been standard set. Standard setting is a recognition that some of the questions used in the exam are more difficult than others and a different pass mark is used for each exam, depending on the difficulty of each exam. Therefore, pass marks and pass rates fluctuate and there is no fixed level or quota.
How does standard setting work?
The system we use to standard set the DRCOG is based on the standard setting system used for the MRCOG exam. A modified Angoff method is used for the DRCOG.
A large panel of carefully trained representative consultants and GPs implements the standard setting procedures for the DRCOG. The panel reviews the questions testing knowledge of British O&G practice, bearing in mind the standard a competent GP trainee should achieve.
Why is standard setting used?
The aim of standard setting is to improve the fairness and validity of the exam process and to set levels of competence for exam success.
The use of standard setting bears no relationship to the percentage of candidates who will succeed in the exam, or to any other external factors.
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