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My friend Erik sat for the exam like all of us. He received his scores the same day we all did. The result?

FARE - 74%
ARE - 74%
Audit - 74%
Law - 74%

He couldn't believe it, and when he told me, I didn't believe him -- until he showed me the score report. It was 100% true. He, of course, appealed. The appeal was denied.

He never sat for the exam again.

Scott, why didn't he try again? He had confirmation that he was within range---which a lot of test takers don't know going in.

I didn't do the formal prep course (Becker or whoever). The first two times, I basically showed up with pencils, so of course I ended up going back more than once. In fact, for the couple of times I had to file to retake, I said I should be awarded "frequent filer" miles.

There was a woman at one exam session who had gotten 75 75 75 49 --- and so received "no credit" for her first sitting. Also, I met someone who scored two 90's the first time, and sixties on the other two. It was about her fourth or fifth sitting for the two, and she still hadn't broken 70 on either.

We were told that there used to be a time when almost nobody got a 71, 72, 73, or 74. But no more. What you got was what you got, and if it was 1 point short then you failed and had to take the part over again.

I think the rule was, that any score between 69 and 74 would be reported as "69". This was to avoid any ill-will over the close scoring. (They check those at least twice anyhow, by the way.) Sometime later, it was decided that scores in the low 70's SHOULD be reported, for the simple fact that you are giving the test taker valuable information that they are CLOSE!

Also, on a curve, there is a BIG difference between 69 and 74---that could be a 10 percentile gap.

I know what it feels like to get a 74---but I appreciate I didn't get told . . . 69!

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