Scoring & Certification Information

Scoring and Certification Information

Once the Pre-PAC assessment is submitted, results are immediately available to the test candidate. The results provide an overall percentage score, a breakdown of scores corresponding to domains, and the indication whether pre-professional certification was achieved. The national cut score for pre-professional certification eligibility is established annually by AAFCS, is posted to this website by August 1 of each year, and remains in effect until July 31 of the following academic year.


Pre-Professional Certification Scores for 2017-18 
(effective 8/01/2017 - 7/31/2018)

Broad Field Family & Consumer Sciences
68%
Culinary Arts
60%
Early Childhood Education
68%
Education Fundamentals
70%
Family & Community Services
70%
Fashion, Textiles and Apparel
60%
Food Science Fundamentals
60%
Housing and Furnishings
65%
Interior Design Fundamentals
65%
Nutrition, Food, and Wellness
60%
Personal and Family Finance
65%

Scores can be used to demonstrate competency, pinpoint weaknesses or gaps in performance, improve programs and curricula, and demonstrate accountability to stakeholders. Through articulation agreements, scores may be used as the basis for advanced placement and/or credit-by-exam at post-secondary institutions. Thus, local and state entities have latitude for independently establishing passing or qualifying scores for other purposes.

National Percentiles (Average Scores and Certification Rates)

Click here to access the National Percentiles which can be used for comparison of individual and group results. Please note that this document provides a summary of scoring based on the most recent testing year and reflects the certification cut score for that year.

Questions about scoring should be directed to AAFCS staff at 1-800-424-8080 or pre-pac@aafcs.org.