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Passing Score

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.

ExamFormatScaleProficient (passing)Distinguished
Professional Teaching KnowledgeMultiple Choice0 to 500270Not applicable
Professional Teaching KnowledgeWriting Component*0 to 64.0Not applicable
Multiple Subject ExaminationMultiple Choice0 to 500285325
MathematicsMultiple Choice0 to 500272340
English Language ArtsMultiple Choice0 to 500270307
English Language ArtsWriting Component*0 to 64.05.0
BiologyMultiple Choice0 to 500266311
ChemistryMultiple Choice0 to 500285357
General ScienceMultiple Choice0 to 500251320
PhysicsMultiple Choice0 to 50258344
U.S. HistoryMultiple Choice0 to 500279335
World HistoryMultiple Choice0 to 500265324
ReadingMultiple Choice0 to 500305Not Applicable
Special EducationMultiple Choice0 to 500278312

*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.