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PerformanceFIT Provides Detailed Scoring
for Actionable Skills Data

PerformanceFIT online skills assessments deliver results data with a level of detail unavailable through traditional "pencil and paper" testing. From percentile rankings to areas of strength and weakness, PerformanceFIT scores reflect a host of relevant details to facilitate learning and support skills-related decisions.

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Passing Scores
PerformanceFIT uses two passing scores. The minimum passing score for a standard certification is 2.75. The minimum passing score for a master level certification is 4.0. If an employer uses the passing score for screening purposes,

…they should normally be set so as to be reasonable and consistent with normal expectations of acceptable proficiency within the work force. Where applicants are ranked on the basis of properly validated selection procedures and those applicants scoring below a higher cutoff score than appropriate in light of such expectations have little or no chance of being selected for employment, the higher cutoff score may be appropriate, but the degree of adverse impact should be considered (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Chapter XIV, Part 1607, Sec. 1607.5).

If the employer intends to use test scores to rank candidates, the employer must be able to demonstrate that a higher score is likely to result in better job performance.

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Overall Score
Scores range from 1 to 5 and are divided into the following proficiency level categories:

Score Range Proficiency Level
1.00 - 1.50 Novice
1.51 - 2.50 Basic
2.51 - 3.50 Proficient
3.51 - 4.50 Advanced
4.51 - 5.00 Expert

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Proficiency Level Descriptions
The proficiency levels describe in very general terms what typical examinees know and their capabilities in an applied setting. However, any individual examinee may not be able to demonstrate all of the knowledge and skills in his or her proficiency level description. Below are the proficiency level descriptions.

Level 1
Demonstrates an understanding of only the most basic concepts contained within this topic. Individual will most likely require formal training or self study before receiving any assignments in this area.

Level 2
Demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental concepts involved with this topic. Knowledge level appears equivalent to that gained through introductory courses. May require supplemental training and close supervision to develop a working knowledge level to be able to perform assignments independently.

Level 3
Demonstrates a solid understanding of core concepts within this topic. Appears capable of working on most projects in this area with moderate assistance. May require some initial assistance with advanced concepts.

Level 4
Demonstrates a clear understanding of many advanced concepts within this topic. Appears capable of mentoring others on most projects in this area.

Level 5
Demonstrates understanding of most advanced concepts within the subject area. Appears capable of mentoring others on the most complex projects.

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Percentile Score
The percentile score indicates the percentage of previous examinees that scored lower than the examinee in question. This shows how the examinee's performance compares to that of others. Because percentile scores are relative to the other examinees that took the same test, the percentile score can change as more examinees take the test.

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Strong and Weak Knowledge Areas
Score reports also contain a detailed listing of strengths and weaknesses, which may be used to determine training needs. Specific areas of strength can also be highlighted by examinees for prospective employers.

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Terminology & Syntax, Conceptual, and Problem-Solving Questions
Besides being categorized according to knowledge area (for example, debugging), each question is assigned one of the following knowledge requirements:

  • Terminology & Syntax: These questions ask examinees to identify what or which.
  • Conceptual: These questions ask examinees to identify why and how a process is done.
  • Problem solving: These questions ask examinees to solve a problem using sample code, a graph, or some other illustration.

Examinees receive a rounded score from 1-5 based on the type of knowledge required to answer most of the items on the test. Since PerformanceFIT tests focus on "real world" application of knowledge and skills, most of the items administered will be from the Conceptual and Problem-Solving categories. Therefore, an examinee may not receive a score for the Terminology & Syntax category.

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