Exam FAQ's

  1. For what route of eligibility do I qualify?
  2. If I fail the exam on my first attempt, can I retake the exam at the next administration?
  3. If I missed the exam, will it be considered as a strike against me under the three attempt rule?
  4. How can I determine if an activity I participated in is approved for MDCB credit to meet the 8 CE credit requirement for re-applicants?
  5. How soon after the exam will the results be provided?
  6. I am scheduled to take an applications training course following the exam administration. If I pass the exam, can the credits be applied to the CMD five year/50 credit cycle requirement?
  7. My contact information has changed, how do I update my information during the application process?
  8. I forgot my Login ID and/or Password?
  9. I understand the exam is now administered as a computer based test. Where will I sit for the exam?
  10. How can I best prepare for the exam?
  11. What do the changes in eligibility for 2017 mean for the international candidate?
  12. Will I be affected by the changes in routes to eligibility if I am not successful on my first attempt and my next attempt occurs after a change in the eligibility route?
  13. How are items for the exam developed?
  14. How is the exam scored?

1. For what route to eligibility do I qualify?
Beginning in 2017, there will be one route to eligibility. All first time candidates will be required to be a graduate of a JRCERT accredited dosimetry program and hold a Bachelor's degree. Candidates who previously applied as a Route 2 candidate before September 2011 and have not completed three attempts must complete a Route 2 application.

2. If I fail the exam on my first attempt, can I retake the exam at the next administration?
Exam candidates are subject to a three attempt rule. A candidate who has failed the exam on the third attempt will not be eligible to sit for the examination for two calendar years. After the two year waiting period candidates can submit an application for examination. The prevailing requirements will apply. There is, however, no restruction or requirement as to when an unsuccessful candidate may sit for the exam.

3. If I missed the exam, will it be considered as a strike against me under the three attempt rule?
If a candidate misses the exam (i.e. no-show) it will NOT be a strike counted against him/her under the three attempt rule. 

4. How can I determine if an activity I participated in is approved for MDCB credit to meet the 24 CE credit requirement?
The CE Center at https://mdcb.learningbuilder.com provides an "Activity Search" of currently approved activities: courses/seminars/lectures/webinars, directed readings and applications training courses and for how many credits each activity is approved. If a course you are looking for is not on the list then the activity did not meet the MDCB requirements for approval and does not meet eligibility criteria.

5. How soon after the exam will the results be provided?
Exam results will be made available to candidates approximately six weeks after the exam administration date.

6. I am scheduled to take an applications training course following the exam administration. If I pass the exam, can the credits be applied to the CMD five year/50 credit cycle requirement?
CMDs can begin to accumulate credits in January following the exam administration. Credits earned prior to January cannot be applied to CMDs transcripts (learning plans).

7. My contact information has changed, how do I update my information during the application process?
To update your contact information, once you login to mdcb.learningbuilder.com, click on “My Account” in the upper right hand corner of your record. Then click on “Edit”, change any of the fields and hit the orange "Save” button in the lower right hand corner of the page.

8. I forgot my Login ID and/or Password?
To retrieve your login and password, enter the CE Center and click on the link to “Forgot Your Password?,” and follow the instructions. You will be prompted to provide your e-mail address for password reset instructions to be forwarded to you.

9. I understand the exam is now administered as a computer based test. Where will I sit for the exam?
Once you have received confirmation that you have been approved to sit for the exam, you will need to register with Prometric, the MDCB exam vendor. You can select from a number of test sites nearest to your location.

10. How can I best prepare for the exam?
Candidates should refer to the test blueprint outlined in the Applicant Handbook. References used for MDCB exam item writing include popular textbooks covering subjects in radiobiology, physics, dosimetry, cross sectional anatomy, principles of radiation oncology and industry recognized reports that are relevant to current dosimetry practice. There are a number of practice tests available for purchase at http://mdcb.org/certification-exam-information/exam-dates-and-fees/pract... which contain questions that mirror those found on the actual exam.

11. What do the changes in eligibility for 2017 mean for the international candidate?
International candidates will be eligible to sit for the exam if they have completed equivalent requirements outlined.

12: Will I be affected by the changes in routes to eligibility if I am not successful on my first attempt and my next attempt occurs after a change in the eligibility route?
Candidates initially approved to sit for the exam before a change in routes to eligibility will be eligible to sit for the exam for two additional attempts. Re-applicants, subject to the three attempt rule who are attempting the exam for the first time after the two year waiting period will be subject to the prevailing routes to eligibility.

13: How are items for the exam developed?
Questions developed for the exam are reflective of the test matrix. Each item must include a reference from the approved reference list. After questions are submitted to the MDCB, Item Editors review each item for structural and technical content. Once an item has been approved for the exam, it is embedded as an un-scored item. Upon statistical analysis of the un-scored items, it is determined if the item meets the rigors necessary to be included on the exam for scoring.

14: How is the exam scored?
A Cut Score Study of the first exam used following the Job Task Analysis (linked to http://www.mdcb.org/sites/default/files/documents/2014/2014%20Final%20JT...) is conducted to determine a passing score. The passing score identifies what the minimally qualified candidate will know. Each candidate’s ability is measured against the determined cut score. Thus, scores are not based on a curve as is typical for non-certification testing and represent only individual overall performance.