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AAVSB reduces number of scored items on VTNE

  • Date: October 30, 2012
  • Contact: Chrissy Bagby, Member Services Coordinator
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Kansas City, MO. The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) announces that it plans to reduce the number of scored items on its Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) from 200 to 150. The exam will consist of 150 scored items and contain an additional 20 pre-test items (formerly 25.) In conjunction with this change, the duration for taking the exam will be reduced to three hours.

AAVSB's plan to reduce the number of exam items is consistent with certification industry best practices. The reliability and validity of an examination are indicators of its ability to produce consistent and accurate results and it was found that the shorter examination would retain high levels of reliability and validity. The content of the examinations will not be altered and the percentage of test items across the domains will remain the same.

Administration of the 150 scored item exam will begin at the same time as the implementation of the new blueprint during the July/August 2013 testing window.

If you have questions about the VTNE, please contact Nancy Grittman, VTNE and PAVE Program Manager at 1-877-698-8482, x. 226 or

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