Exam Policies

Exam Scoring

The final score is determined by the number of questions answered correctly.  There is no penalty for guessing.  The minimum passing score reflects an absolute standard developed by the AOA Boards participating in this conjoint examination.

After the exam is given, it will be psychometrically analyzed and evaluated to ensure the reliability of individual results.  Your results will be released to you within 90 days of the date of the exam through the candidate’s online exam portal.  Questions regarding exam results and any appeals of the examination must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the date results were released.

Rescoring of Examinations

Upon written request and payment of a fee of $200 candidates may obtain hand scoring of the examination.

Right to Appeal

A candidate who fails any examination may appeal by submitting the following materials to the Board:

  • A written request for appeal.
  • The applicable appeal fee.
  • Additional written information in support of the appeal.

If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of an appeal before this board, he or she has the right to further appeal to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS). Where necessary, candidates may appeal the decision of the BOS to the AOA Board of Trustees.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Conjoint complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The HPM Conjoint complies with requirements prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, as well as regulations for Title II and Title III (and all subsequent regulations) as printed in the federal register.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): In compliance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and any subsequent modifications, the HPM Conjoint ensures that individuals’ health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information to provide and promote high quality health care.