Exam Results

BONENT will not provide candidate scores over the telephone, via e-mail or via fax.


Candidates can expect to receive their exam results approximately 3 to 4 weeks following the date of the exam. Exam results are sent via USPS First Class mail to the address on your application form.


CBT candidates will receive a printed copy of their results and pass/fail status at the conclusion of the examination session.

Exam Score Reporting Format

Beginning in January 2009, BONENT examination scores are only reported as scaled scores, not raw scores (actual number of questions answered correctly). Candidates must note the following when reading their exam score on the Score Report mailed to them:

  • The reporting scale ranges from 1 - 100.
  • The minimum scaled passing score (MSPS) for all BONENT exam types (CHT, CHBT, CHN, CPDN, CHWS) is 70.
  • A candidate who achieves a scaled score of 70 or above will have passed the examination.
  • A candidate whose scaled score is below 70 will have failed the examination.
  • Diagnostic information (a breakdown of how you performed in general areas of knowledge and skill sets) will be provided to all candidates so that candidates can see areas of strength and weakness.

Exam Difficulty & Scoring

Multiple exam forms exist for each BONENT exam type (CHT, CHBT, CHN, CPDN, CHWS). BONENT exam forms are designed to meet the content requirements described in the detailed outline in the Candidate Handbook (pages 9-15) and on the BONENT website (see Preparing for Exams section).

Each exam form uses different questions and may vary slightly in difficulty. As always, a candidate’s score will be based on the number of questions the candidate answered correctly (raw score). The raw score will be converted to a scaled score.  The candidate’s Score Report will contain the scaled score only.

Fairness in Scoring

Proper psychometric procedures are employed during scoring to ensure that the level of difficulty for each exam form is taken into account. These procedures also ensure that no candidate is at an advantage or disadvantage based on their individual exam form.

To prevent candidates who took a less difficult form of the examination from having an unwarranted advantage over those who took a slightly more difficult form, raw scores are converted to scaled scores that represent comparable levels of achievement.