Notification of Results and Scoring

We do not share results over the phone, by fax or via e-mail. You can find more information about scoring below.

*CBCCT and CBNC Candidates should visit their websites for Score Results information.

Whether you take an on-demand or windowed examination, you can view examination results through the secure MY APCA page. Results will display as one of the following status options:
• Passed*
• Failed
• Cancelled (you cancelled your scheduled examination appointment time)
• Absent (you arrived late or did not show up for a scheduled appointment, or you were denied entrance to the examination room due to a violation of APCA policy)
• Expired (you did not schedule or take the examination within an assigned eligibility period)

*Passed status does not automatically mean that you earned the specialty/credential.

To earn a credential, you must pass all required examinations and meet any additional requirements. Your credential is considered effective the date the final examination was taken.

You can obtain a status verification letter, confirming the certifications you hold from APCA or ARDMS, by selecting “Status Verification” under the “My Resources” tab on the MY APCA​ menu bar.

Candidates who do not pass an exam are invited to re-apply. ​

*CBCCT and CBNC Candidates should visit their websites for Score Results information.​​

Obtaining scores earned from 2000 to present:
For duplicate score report(s), contact the APCA testing vendor, Pearson VUE​ at 1-877-258-9220 and have your APCA certification number available when calling. (Duplicate score reports are sent only via e-mail.)

Obtaining scores earned prior to 2000:
Duplicate score reports are available for a $25 USD fee per report, payable by check, money order or credit card. Please complete the Score Report Form​ in its entirety and mail or fax it to APCA using the contact information at the bottom of the form. Please allow 10 business days to receive your report via regular mail. Score Report Forms that are incomplete, unsigned or unpaid will be returned to sender.

APCA uses a criterion-referenced method for scoring all examinations. There is no curve. Candidates do not compete against each other and scores do not represent a percentage of correct answers.

We rely on a cut-off, or minimum, score that represents basic competency. (To pass an examination, you must score at or above the cut-off). Cut-off scores are derived by a team of volunteer subject-matter experts who use a variation of the Bookmark scoring method and other classical testing approaches.

APCA/ARDMS test results range from 300 to 700; 555 (the cut-off score) is required to pass all APCA/ARDMS examinations​

​If you have questions about the accuracy of your score, we can perform a score verification for a $35 USD fee payable by check, money order or credit card. Score verification ensures that the computer counted the correct and incorrect answers appropriately. It does not review the questions and answers.

When deciding whether to have your score verified, please keep in mind that APCA/ARDMS examinations are scored electronically with a high degree of accuracy, and it is unlikely that verification will alter your original score.

If you are interested in obtaining verification, please submit a completed Examination Score Verification Form​​ within 30 days of taking the examination. If it is incomplete, unsigned or unpaid, it will be returned.