In follow up to the message about the implementation of linear-on-the-fly testing (LOFT) for the Pharmacist Qualifying Examination Part I (MCQ), PEBC has decided to transition to LOFT in stages, with use of a hybrid model for the November administration. This will allow PEBC to deliver a larger number of exam forms (versions of the exam) than administered in previous exams while ensuring that the testing platform can efficiently, and without incident, deliver valid and reliable exam forms in preparation for the full implementation of LOFT.
PEBC is pleased to announce that beginning with the November 2021 Pharmacist Qualifying Examination Part I (MCQ), PEBC will be introducing Linear-on-the-Fly Testing (LOFT).
Linear-on-the-Fly Testing (LOFT) is an automated exam construction model where each candidate receives a unique exam form (version of the exam) that is assembled automatically to meet very specific requirements, including the exam blueprint, so that it serves as a valid and reliable assessment.
Delivering a unique exam to each candidate will allow PEBC to enhance the security of its exam content and ensure that candidates’ performance is based on their competence and reducing the potential impact of candidates sharing questions with other candidates. Also, PEBC invests significant resources into the item development processes, continually enhancing the quality of its questions so that each one would represent an important measure in the determination of competence. LOFT provides the opportunity of using a greater proportion of the Part I (MCQ) item bank. Furthermore, this model allows PEBC to expand the length of the exam window over multiple days, which will increase candidate convenience.
Undoubtedly, candidates will have questions about this new change to the exam. Click here for frequently asked questions about LOFT and its implementation for the November 2021 exam.