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I am not sure what you are asking.  Are you saying the cut score should have
remained at 50%? or are you saying the cut rate should have been lower?
Review the SE pass rates for the last ten years and you will see that the
low is around 10% and the high is around 30%.

In what way did the board arbitrarily lower the cut score?  Cut scores have
ranged from 45% to 55% over the past several years.  I am sure there is some
statistical basis for the decision on where to set the cut score.  What
basis do you have for saying the board has arbitrarily decided anything, and
in what way are you saying this affects the public safety?

Paul Feather
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Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002 10:09 AM
Subject: Feedback on this years 12% SE Exam pass rate???


> The pass rate on the 2001 SE was only 12%.
> This is nearly half of the previous lowest pass rate of 22% considering
results available for the last 5 years. It appears that the Board prepared
an extremely difficult test that included new formats and problem groupings.
In order to achieve a 12% pass rate the Board arbitrarily lowered the
standard cut score from 50% to 48%. Does this seem reasonable? Is it fair
for test takers to question the rationale of the Board?
>
> Pass rates of 25% to 60% are common for the other engineering disciplines.
The purpose of these tests is also to ensure the public safety. Do you
believe that the arbitrary decision by the Board ensures public safety?
>
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