On July 27, 2016
the first part of this series of blogs, I discussed the first phase of the CFE process:
creating and refining the testing instrument. The second phase is marking the
CFE and determining which candidates pass.
guides are initially prepared by Board of Examiners (BOE) staff and refined along
with the cases. They need to be tested and edited, so there is test marking
after the CFE is written but before “live” marking starts.
BOE chair is in overall charge of the marking centre and is supported by sub-committee
members and senior BOE staff. The CFE is marked using a team approach for each case,
so there are team leaders and assistant team leaders overseeing the actual team
marking. They go through a process of marking test papers to determine what
refinements are necessary to the marking guides. Those changes are made before
the marking teams arrive.
is an application process to become a CFE marker. There are many factors
considered in hiring the markers including academic performance, regional
representation, previous marking experience and personal references. The first
CFE was written in 2015, so there would have been markers from the various legacy
bodies working together for the first time.
is intense monitoring of marking performance by individuals and teams. Without
going into the details, let me just say that there is multi-level feedback and
statistical tracking to determine any marking concerns. There is constant review
and feedback. There is statistical
verification at multiple levels and test papers to ensure group and BOE marking
consistency. There is a process of multiple marking by independent markers and
arbitration of results. There is also an added borderline review process for
candidates with results around the passing standard.
it to say that the marking process works very well, resulting in very few
successful appeals. I appreciate that first-time writers have only seen marking
at the course and practice level and may have concerns. I can assure you that CFE
marking is far superior to marking you may have seen to date because of the
quality control processes that are an essential part of the process.
bottom line is that your CFE results will
be what your results should be, based
on your performance. Focus on the quality of your responses and don’t worry
about the marking process. It’s in good hands!
(Bruce Densmore – July