PROCEDURES FOR REVIEW AND APPEAL
December 1, 2012 & June 1, 2013 Examinations
Louisiana R.S. 35:191.1 (A)(3) makes a provision for review of examinations.
Multiple-Choice and Research components: All multiple-choice items are subjected to post-test statistical analysis that provides a basis for adjustments to the passing score for these components. Additionally, at the test administration, examinees may request a form on which they may challenge the validity of any multiple-choice or research item as written. All written examinee challenges to test items will be reviewed by the scoring team.
Scenario Component: All applicant scenario responses are scored and reviewed by multiple scorers.
Applicant Review of Scenario Component: Any applicant who fails the scenario portion of the notary exam shall have the right to review his or her failing examination booklets and the representative good answers for the failed examination after formally notifying the LSU Office of Assessment and Evaluation, 51 Himes Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 via email (email@example.com) or by certified mail. This request must be received within 14 days after the scores have been reported. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the request for review was received by LSU. Candidates will be notified in writing or via email of the review date and time they will attend. A make-up review day also will be designated. All test reviews will take place on the campus of Louisiana State University on the specified dates. Candidates will receive an acknowledgement via email that they may print or, if the request is made by certified mail, an admission letter. The day will be divided into 2 review sessions. Candidates must complete their review during one session only. No candidate will be allowed more than one review session. The review times will be from 8:30 until 12:00 and from 1:00 until 4:30 on the specified review dates. Applicants must sign a receipt for all examination booklets and representative good answers received for review. No person other than the applicant will be allowed to review the materials or to participate in the review. Applicants will not be allowed to take notes or to copy or to remove any failed examination booklets or representative good answers. The applicant must return the examination booklet and representative good answers to the monitor before being allowed to sign out. The initial reported score for the candidate’s scenario examination response shall be final. Following the review dates, all failing scenario examination booklets may be destroyed. No cause of action shall arise in favor of an applicant as a result of the applicant's exercise of the review privilege.
Scenario Score Appeal: An examinee may appeal the reported scores of Scenario Component by sending a formal request to the Office of Assessment and Evaluation, Room 51 Himes Hall - LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3505, by certified mail or by private delivery services that provides proof of date shipped and proof of delivery, postmarked no later than 7 days after the second review date described above in “Applicant Review of Scenario Component.” The formal request should include a check for a $150 fee payable to the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. The examinee will receive a written explanation of why the scenario response received a "no-pass." If the review results in a successful appeal, the examinee will receive a full refund of the $150 fee.
Updated January 2013