Civil Service Mandated Cutoff Scores (Hoffman, 2018)

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Reference Title: Civil Service Mandated Cutoff Scores (Hoffman, 2018)
Author: Calvin C Hoffman
Publication Type: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2018
Course Level: Advanced
Credits: 1
Price: $10.00
About This Course: This journal article considers the legal and practical implications of mandating a 70% cutoff score for selection processes in all circumstances.
  1. Overview of this CE Home-Study Program
  2. Information About the Course
    1. Educational Objectives
    2. Target Audience
    3. Schedule
    4. Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy
    5. Author Credentials
    6. Number of CE Credits Offered
    7. Location and Format
    8. Detailed Description of Program Material
  3. Conflict of Interest Statement

1. Overview of this CE program (top)

This home study course entails the independent study of "Civil Service Mandated Cutoff Scores: Challenges and Practice Recommendations" (Hoffman, 2018), followed by the completion of a multiple-choice test on-line. Participants who receive a passing grade of 75% or higher on the test will receive 1 CE credit. Failing participants may retake the test as often as they wish at no additional charge, and receive CE credit when they do pass.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available at the Article website.

More detailed information on the content of this article is given in section 2h below.

APR Testing Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APR Testing Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

2.a Educational Objectives (top)

Upon completion of this home study program, the participant will be able to:

  1. State when and how cutoff scores can be used.
  2. Describe the psychometric, practical, and legal limitations of using cutoff scores in entry and promotional exams.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of key Supreme Court cases related to the setting of cutoff scores.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the way transformed cutoff scores relate to raw scores.

2.b Target Audience (top)

This CE program is intended for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree. The course may be taken by other interested professionals (e.g.,senior human resource executives and consultants; upper-level managers).

2.c Schedule (top)

Access to program registration and post-test is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2.d Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy (top)

The fee for this home-study program is $10, which is $10 per CE credit. The fee is fully refundable for 60 days or until the post-test is taken, whichever comes first.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available at the Article website.

2.e Author Credentials (top)

The author of the journal article you will read for this home-study course is Dr. Calvin C Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman is the Test Development Manager for Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department in Los Angeles, CA.

2.f Number of CE Credits Offered (top)

Participants who complete this course by taking and passing the multiple-choice test will receive 1 CE credit.

2.g Location and Format (top)

This activity requires independent home-based study of Civil Service Mandated Cutoff Scores: Challenges and Practice Recommendations (Hoffman, 2018). Following completion of the reading material, participants complete an Internet-based multiple-choice post-test on the statement content.

2.h Detailed Description of Program Material (top)

Publication citation:

Hoffman, C. C. (2018). Civil Service Mandated Cutoff Scores: Challenges and Practice Recommendations, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 11, 158-172. Retrieved August, 2018, from https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/industrial-and-organizational-psychology/article/civil-service-mandated-cutoff-scores-challenges-and-practice-recommendations/0888DBB9805E6FDDD009718791B5A1F4.

Article excerpt:

Los Angeles County's civil service rule specifies a 70% cutoff score regardless of the situation (type of job, type of assessment, or outcome of interest). This civil service rule would be difficult to defend if it were challenged in court, and the rule places the county at increased risk in the event of employment litigation, particularly with public safety jobs (police, fire, sheriff, etc.).

3. Conflict of Interest Statement (top)

APR Testing Services (APR) has no known conflict of interest with respect to this CE program. APR has not received any commercial support for this CE program.