Test Results

NACD Directorship Certification® Exam Results

The exam consists of two different types of test items: multiple-choice items and case-study problems. Points are earned for each correct response to a multiple-choice item, and there is no penalty for incorrect answers. For the case-study problems, points are awarded for correct responses, and points are deducted for incorrect responses.

To pass the exam, a candidate's total point score (the total number of points earned) must surpass the minimum number of points required to pass the exam (the cut score). The cut score is the same for all candidates. 

Score Reporting

Candidates with a total point score above the cut score receive a score report of "Pass." No additional scoring information is available to passing candidates.

Candidates with a total point score of less than the cut score receive a score report of "Fail." The following additional information is provided to failing candidates:

  1. A scaled score showing the margin between the candidate's total point score and the cut score 

  2. Score feedback by test content area identifying the candidate's weakest subject areas

Each content area receives one of the following recommendations:

  • Continued review is recommended.

  • Moderate improvement is required.

  • Significant improvement is required. 

About Scaled Scores

A scaled score is calculated by converting a candidate's total point score to a numeric value based on a score-reporting scale for all versions of the same exam. The lowest possible score converts to a scaled score of 200, the highest possible score converts to 800, and the minimum number of correct answers required to pass the exam converts to 500.

Test results are reported as scaled scores to accurately represent a candidate's relative performance while accounting for versions of the exam that vary in difficulty. Since the scale is constant across exam versions, all scores have the same meaning and can be compared.