How the ECPE is scored

Listening & GCVR
How By computer and the application of specialized software, using  an advanced mathematical model based on Item Response Theory (IRT). The model used to produce IRT scores ensures that the ability required to pass a section or to receive a high score, remains the same from year to year.
Where The United States of America
By whom The University of Michigan (U-M).
Writing
How By two independent raters, using scales and procedures established by the U-M. In the case of significant difference between the scores of the two raters, a third rater is called to determine the final score. The final raw score is the total of rater’s independent scores. The raw score is then converted to a scaled score.
Where The United States of America
By whom Raters trained and certified according to U-M standards.
Speaking
How By two independent speaking examiners,  using scales and procedures established by the U-M. The final raw score is the total of both examiner’s independent scores. The raw score is then converted to a scaled score.
Where During the test, by local speaking examiners. The final scaled score is determined by the U-M in the United States of America.
By whom Speaking examiners trained and certified according to U-M standards. Each candidate is assessed by two examiners.
Assessment principles of the ECPE (in effect as of November 2014):
  • All ECPE section scores are reported in the following five band scores and corresponding scaled numeric scores:
    Band score Scaled numeric score
    Honors (H) 840-1000
    Pass (P) 750-835
    Low Pass (LP) 650-745
    Borderline Fail (BF) 610-645
    Fail (F) 0-605
  • Candidates whose average score for all four sections is equal to 650 or higher are awarded an ECPE certificate.
  • Candidates whose score in all four sections is equal to 840 or higher are awarded an ECPE certificate with Honors.
  • Candidates whose average score for all four sections is below 650 are not awarded an ECPE certificate.
  • Candidates who have been absent from one or more sections are not awarded an ECPE certificate. Any passing score they may have received for whichever section they were not absent from does not affect the final result.
  • The University of Michigan allows candidates with disabilities to request special examination accommodations or modifications.

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