I just received a comment on the "In the News" post asking about the accuracy of the preliminary results that the ARRT is going to be giving when graduates finish their Radiography Registry Examination. Since I only wish I had all the answers, I figured I would take my own private little survey of the students who read this blog. There is now a poll on the right-hand column of this blog for those of you who have received preliminary results to mark your results on.
I would not expect to see a variation much over 10% between the two, and here's why: If there are 20 pilot questions out of 200 that don't count toward your score, and they happen to factor those into the preliminary results that they give you on test day, that's 10%. There could be other variables as well that would make them more inaccurate. Since they're planning on adding new content to the Registry, I would expect there to be some inconsistencies at first with clarity and/or presentation of a new question or two. As an instructor myself, I know what answer I'm hoping the students will choose, but I have to write an appropriate question in order to lead the well-studied test taker to the right selection. But I am only one person, and the mighty ARRT has a huge panel of experts, test writers, many more years of experience writing tests, and the ability to implement pilot questions, so they might not even consider this an issue.
All in all, I'm excited to see what you all post on the poll. If there's a wider margin than 10%, feel free to post a comment or email me and I can add a new category to vote on within the poll. Just in case you don't know how to calculate percentages, you can... wait, your Radiography graduates, you know how to do that! :-)