The successful completion of FMCLA with a passing score will fulfill your examination requirement.

  • If you began FMCLA in 2019, you are fulfilling your 2019 examination requirement.
  • If you begin FMCLA in 2020, you will be fulfilling your 2020 examination requirement.

The FMCLA pilot is designed to evaluate the feasibility and validity of this approach as a viable long-term alternative to the one-day examination.


How will my FMCLA performance be scored?

All 300 questions will be scored as correct or incorrect. If a total of 300 questions are not answered by the end of the 4th year, then the remaining unanswered questions will be marked as incorrect. These responses are then transformed into a scaled score ranging from 200 to 800, similar to the one-day Family Medicine Certification Examination.

A scaled score is a transformation of your raw score that adjusts for the difficulty of the questions that you received. This is important for assessments in which each examinee may receive a different set of questions. Scaled scores ensure that no Diplomate is unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged by receiving a relatively easy or difficult set of questions.

The Minimum Passing Standard (MPS) will be set to the same high standard as the proctored one-day Family Medicine Certification Examination. Pass-fail decisions will be based upon whether your scaled score is greater than or equal to the MPS. You will have a preliminary score at the time you complete 300 questions, with a final, official score given at the end of four years when everyone in the cohort has completed FMCLA. Your certification will continue throughout this time as long as you are meeting all other certification requirements.


What Type of Performance Feedback Will I Receive? 

On the home screen of the FMCLA Platform, you will see your raw score performance (i.e., total number of questions, number of questions answered correctly, and percentage of questions answered correctly).

A Blueprint Category report will display the question breakdown (i.e., number answered correctly, incorrectly, and percent correct) by blueprint category. We are currently working on additional feedback and will deploy them to the Reports page, which is located in the FMCLA Platform, in the future.

Additionally, after meeting the meaningful participation requirement in year one, you will see an estimated score, which gives you a good idea about your performance relative to passing the Longitudinal Assessment. The estimated score will be updated quarterly.