The OPBS examination consists of 200 multiple choice questions (MCQ) split into two papers of 100 questions.
Each MCQ question consists of a stem and five statements. Each statement is worth one score point and candidates are required to answer whether each statement is true or false. Therefore, the examination has a maximum of 1,000 (200 × 5) possible score points.
The passing standard
Passing the OPBS MCQ examination requires candidates to achieve a nominal combined score at or above 70 per cent correct.
There is no minimum score required for each syllabus area. An average score of 70 per cent or more across all syllabus areas is required to pass; both papers A and B are considered to determine a candidate’s overall result.
Post-examination statistical analyses are provided to an examination review group to ensure the quality of the examination and for the fair and valid assessment of candidate performance.
Feedback reports provided include an indication of candidate performance in each syllabus area as well as the overall pass/fail outcome.
This report will follow approximately a week after the pass/fail result has been released.