1. This committee will work closely with the Test Consultant(s) and meet as needed to research and create new examination questions. This process will be based upon the “Examination Construction Procedures and Guidelines” document.
2. The committee will annually review examination specifications and content outline and make recommendations to the Board of Directors if a new Task Analysis is indicated.
3. A criterion-referenced pass/fail standard for each test form will be determined by committee members and the Test Consultant(s). A statistical report of item and test performance and the candidate critiques shall be reviewed periodically by committee members in consultation with the Test Consultant.
4. The Chair of this committee is responsible for:
a. recommending committee members for appointment to the Board of Directors.
b. delivering a short written report for each AMCB Board of Directors meeting and the President as requested. This report will include the pass rate of the first time, repeat and re-certification candidates.
Responsibilities and Procedures:
A. Examination construction procedures.
1. Examination construction begins with the preparation of a draft examination that is based on a form of the examination about to be retired from use;
a. The examination consultants (consultants) review the test and item level statistical data for the examination being retired and remove items that are too easy (p>.90), too difficult (p<.40) and/or poor discriminators (rpb>.10);
b. The consultants review the test specifications and produce a table indicating the number of items in each content area needed as replacements;
c. The examination committee members (committee) perform an item-by-item review of the draft prepared by the consultants and take any of the following actions:
I. retain item;
II. retain item with revisions;
III. delete item; or
IV. select items to replace those removed by the consultants in their preparation of the draft and those removed by the committee in its item-by-item review;
d. The consultants execute the committee’s item revisions and replacements and submit the next draft of the examination to the committee for review;
e. The committee performs a review of the second draft of the examination prepared by the consultants and takes any of the following actions: 1) retain item; 2) retain item with revisions; 3) delete item; or 4) select items to replace those removed by the committee in its item-by-item review;
f. The consultants execute the changes made by the committee and prepare a third draft of the examination. Draft three is submitted to the committee chairperson for finalization by her and selected members of the committee; and
g. The consultants execute the changes made in the finalization process and produce the examination in a form suitable for submission to the computer-based testing vendor.
B. Examination review Guidelines
1. Items will be reviewed for clarity, accuracy, and relevance to the test specifications and to entry-level midwifery practice;
2. Every item approved by the committee will have a current or classic reference;
3. At each committee meeting, items selected for use in an exam will be evaluated by committee members to ensure that the items continue to reflect current, best practice;
4. References for items previously used will be reviewed to ensure they comply with having been published within the last 5 years;
5. Staff will provide the committee with a library of references/resource materials for use during meetings; and
6. Committee members may bring and use personal references/resources for use during meetings
C. Examination Format and Content
1. The national certification examinations in nurse-midwifery/midwifery consist of items written in the multiple choice format.
2. The content areas covered by the certification examination and the percentages of the total represented by each area are determined by the most recent task analysis completed by the Research Committee. Knowledge and judgment abilities of both normal and deviations from normal will be tested for all clinical areas.
3. At least two forms of the certification examination shall be constantly available for computer based testing. In general, each form of the certification examination shall remain in use for 12 months. However, the maximum active use of any form of the certification examination shall be 24 months.
D. Examination Scoring and Standard
1. A criterion-referenced pass/fail standard for each test form will be determined by Examination Committee members and the Test Consultant(s). A statistical report of item and test performance and the candidate critiques shall be reviewed periodically by Examination Committee members in consultation with the Test Consultant.
2. Candidates who fail may request verification of results. Cost for this verification is delineated by the AMCB fee schedule.
3. The AMCB Board of Directors will be informed periodically of the pass rate of the first time, repeat and re-certification candidates.
All committee appointments are made by the AMCB BOD on recommendation of the respective committee chairperson. Committee appointments are for a three-year term beginning January 1 the year of appointment, and are renewable for one second term for a maximum of six years on any one committee.
Qualifications for CNMs/CMs to serve on AMCB's committees include the following:
To be considered for a position on an AMCB committee, you must submit a completed Exam Committee Application and a Consent-to-Serve Form (documents below) along with your curriculum vita or resume.
Please submit all materials to the AMCB by e-mail by July 1. We will send your application to the appropriate committee chairperson who will communicate directly with you. The committee chairperson recommends committee appointments to the BOD for approval according to the specific needs of the committee.
If you have any questions please contact:
Director, Certification and Operations