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WAC 246-812-158

Examination review procedures.

(1) A candidate who does not pass the written or clinical examination may request informal review of their examination results by the board of denturists.
(a) The request must be in writing and must be received by the department within thirty calendar days of the postmark date of the examination results letter.
(b) The board will not set aside its prior determination unless the candidate shows error in examination content or procedure, bias, prejudice, or discrimination in the examination process.
(c) The board will not consider any challenges to examination scores unless the total revised score on any examination section would result in a passing score on that section of the examination.
(2) The procedure for filing an informal review is as follows:
(a) The candidate must contact the denturist program at the department of health for an appointment to appear personally to review incorrect answers on the written portion of failed examination, and score sheets on the failed clinical portion of the examination.
(b) During the appointment the candidate will be provided a standardized form to defend their examination answers.
(c) The candidate must specifically identify the challenged portion(s) of the examination and must state the specific reason(s) why the candidate feels the results of the examination should be changed.
(d) The candidate may not take more than two hours to complete the form for the written portion and two hours to complete the form for the clinical portion.
(e) The candidate may bring in notes, texts, or appropriate documentation to the appointment. The candidate may not be accompanied by another person.
(f) The candidate may not bring any electronic or other equipment to the review appointment that records audio, records visual images, allows two-way communication, or otherwise retains or transmits information.
(g) The candidate is not allowed to retain a copy of the examination, examination results, or the standardized form. Nor may the candidate take written notes or pictures away from the appointment.
(h) Following the informal review, the candidate can decide not to challenge the examination results. The candidate must sign a statement on department forms indicating that the request for informal review is withdrawn. Withdrawal will not affect the right of the candidate to retake the examination at a later date.
(3) The board will only review and consider the standardized form completed by the candidate. The consideration will take place in open session at the board's next regularly scheduled meeting. The board will notify the candidate in writing, within thirty days of the meeting, of its decision.
(4) A candidate's failure to follow the informal review process may result in the loss of the right to formal review.
(5) Any candidate who has completed the informal review process and is not satisfied with the result may submit a request for a formal hearing to be held before the board of denturists.
(a) The request must be made in writing and must be received by the department within thirty calendar days of the postmark date of the results of the board's informal examination review.
(b) The written request must specifically identify the challenged portion(s) of the examination and must state the specific reason(s) why the candidate feels the results of the examination should be changed.
(c) The board will not set aside its prior determination unless the candidate shows error in examination content or procedure, bias, prejudice, or discrimination in the examination process.
(d) The board will not consider any challenges to the written examination score unless the total revised score would result in a passing score.
(6) The formal hearing will be held pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW, and the model procedural rules for adjudicative proceeding of the department, chapter 246-11 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.30 RCW and 2013 c 171. WSR 14-24-033, ยง 246-812-158, filed 11/24/14, effective 12/25/14.]
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