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Passing Scores

The table below details the passing scores for the various American Board examinations. A candidate’s score must be greater than or equal to the passing score in order to achieve the indicated performance.

Exam Format Scale Proficient (passing) Distinguished
Professional Teaching Knowledge Multiple Choice 0 to 500 270 Not applicable
Professional Teaching Knowledge Writing Component* 0 to 6 4.0 Not applicable
Multiple Subject Examination Multiple Choice 0 to 500 285 325
Mathematics Multiple Choice 0 to 500 272 340
English Language Arts Multiple Choice 0 to 500 270 307
English Language Arts Writing Component* 0 to 6 4.0 5.0
Biology Multiple Choice 0 to 500 266 311
Chemistry Multiple Choice 0 to 500 285 357
General Science Multiple Choice 0 to 500 251 320
Physics Multiple Choice 0 to 50 258 344
U.S. History Multiple Choice 0 to 500 279 335
World History Multiple Choice 0 to 500 265 324
Reading Multiple Choice 0 to 500 305 Not Applicable
Special Education Multiple Choice 0 to 500 278 312

*When an exam includes a writing component, customers must score proficient or higher on both the multiple choice section AND the writing component of the exam to pass.

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