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ASBMB Degree Certification Exam
Once a program has been approved as an ASBMB-accredited program, its students become eligible for an ASBMB-certified degree.  To qualify for degree certification, students must:

  1. Be in their final year of study for their BMB degree and
  2. Exhibit a satisfactory performance on the ASBMB assessment instrument.

Eligible programs will administer the ASBMB assessment instrument to BMB students during their final year of study.  The examination will be provided in electronic form to the designated contact person for each ASBMB-recognized program.  This person will arrange for a staff member to print hard copy versions of the assessment instrument sufficient to provide one copy for each eligible student (with appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities).  Both the electronic and hard copy versions of the assessment instrument should be kept in a secure place until immediately prior to the examination period.  Students and faculty should NOT read any portion of the instrument prior to the exam period.

Ideally, all eligible students should take the assessment instrument on the same day, preferably at the same time.  Answers should be written in pencil.  Faculty should proctor the exam and be ready to assist students with questions intended to clarify content.  However, proctors should refrain from providing “hints”, etc. designed to direct the student toward possible answers. 

At the end of the exam period, the proctors will collect all copies of the assessment instrument and mail them to the ASBMB at the following address.

11200 Rockville Pike
Suite 302
Rockville, MD 20852

Applications will be scored by a committee of ASBMB members using rubrics provided by the authors of the respective questions.  Each student response will be scored by three or more independent evaluators.  Any items exhibiting unusually disparate scores will be investigated by a team of two additional evaluators.  The members of the committee will be selected to insure both individual diversity as well as balance by region and institutional classification. Every evaluator will participate in a training experience to enhance uniformity of scoring.

ASBMB will compile all scores, determine cutoffs for Accreditation and Accreditation with distinction, and report this information to students and their instructors.  In addition, each program will receive a report of the aggregate scores achieved by their students on each question.


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