The Angoff method is used to determine the pass mark, a recognized method for assessing competencies. It calls for the collaboration of a committee of teachers and professors from basic nursing programs, and makes it possible to take the level of difficulty of the examination into account.
The pass mark of 55% is the threshold for determining whether a candidate is qualified to practise nursing.
The examination is intended to assess the competencies of novice nurses. The questions on the examination must allow us to determine whether you are qualified to practise the profession, regardless of the region where you work. This is why we avoid including aspects specific to a certain region in questions. The various examination committees consist of individuals from different regions of Quebec.
The weighting of the questions is decided by committees as the questions are being developed. Each clinical situation is worth 100 points and they are distributed depending on the relative importance of the aspects assessed in the situation.