How The QBS Is Scored
The exam is scored using objective scoring units and a subjective assessment protocol. The objective units represent significant words, phrases, and clauses that are found in and critical to staff/patient communication. These include specialized medical terminology, register variation, rhetorical features, general vocabulary, grammatical structures, and appropriate sociocultural discourse. Candidates are also assessed in the five subjective scoring categories of “Pronunciation,” “Grammar,” “Conduit Role,” “Conveying the Meaning,” and “Fluidity in Language Transition.”
QBS Test Levels
- Level 1: Ability to provide services in the target language where knowledge of medical terminology is not required.
- Level 2: Ability to provide services in the target language in various healthcare settings.
A candidate must score a prescribed percentage and achieve an acceptable performance level on the subjective scoring scale in order to obtain a passing score.
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