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Old 11-21-2018, 11:28 PM
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Anecdotal evidence. Are you disagreeing?
How would anyone know? Suppose that passing is a 60 points. You get a "5" --- that means that you had between 54.0 and 59.9 points. How could anyone know that they were 1 or 2 points from passing? And, of course, not every failing candidate gets a "5".
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How would anyone know? Suppose that passing is a 60 points. You get a "5" --- that means that you had between 54.0 and 59.9 points. How could anyone know that they were 1 or 2 points from passing? And, of course, not every failing candidate gets a "5".
You two need to agree on terminology. He said "a question or two", not "a point or two", so he may mean much more than 2 points. OTOH, with partial credit, a person who knows the subject material for a question well could easily end up with 50% of the points or more, even if he misunderstands what the question intended to ask. Not all questions are the same. Not all ambiguity is the same. Generalizing about the average impact of ambiguity seems pointless. Best to agree that it's bad, that it does lead to some erroneous pass/fail results, and that the SOA should try hard to avoid it.
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Anecdotal evidence. Are you disagreeing?
Anecdotally, I would disagree, though it's been a few years since my prelims. I remember more difficult questions and fewer 'bad' questions.

Anyway, this raises one suggestion, which is that a test-format with more challenging questions would be less prone to this problem.
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