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Here at Speedwell, we aim to make life as easy as possible for our clients when preparing examinations and systems of assessment.

Our market-leading examination software and products are designed to make the creation of exams and surveys as intuitive and streamlined as possible.

OSCE papers and CliniQuest

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Short Written Answer papers can be time consuming to prepare and complex to interpret. CliniQuest makes this workflow and process easier and more efficient by automating as much of the process as possible.

What is borderline regression?

Borderline regression is a method of setting a pass mark for OSCE stations. As a process, it focuses on the subjective grades given by examiners, rather than the overall scores.

How does borderline regression work?

Borderline Regression works by applying a simple, linear regression calculation on the candidate’s scores. This number is then split by the subjective grades supplied by an examiner, such as “Fail”, “Borderline”, “Pass”. The pass mark is then derived from the point at which the best fit regression line crosses the borderline mark.



CliniQuest allows the borderline mark to be set at any bespoke value; a grade report will then be generated which displays the regression line in addition to the calculated pass mark.

Setting the pass mark universally


The pass mark can be set for all OSCE stations to the revised borderline regression calculated pass mark by clicking on the “Calculate Pass Marks” option on the “Stations” menu in CliniQuest. The pass mark may still be modified further if more refinements are required.

Why use Borderline Regression?

Borderline regression is a very popular, successful and proven method of pass mark calculation. Very easy and quick to calculate, it is an objective way of standard setting; based on the observation made by the examiner.

For more information on using CliniQuest and Borderline Regression, please contact our team at Speedwell via this website, email at or by telephone on +44 (0)1223 851703.

Published 30th January, 2014 by Cuchulain O’Rourke