Certified Director of Assisted Living Examination Statistics

SLCC develops new versions (forms) of the CDAL examination on a regular basis and administers them during two testing periods each year. Each version is based on the knowledge that executive directors of assisted living communities are expected to have, as validated in the job analysis study conducted in 2015. Each version has 135 questions that are scored and 15 that are included for experimental purposes. Candidates qualify to take the test by satisfying eligibility criteria that address education and experience in the management of assisted living communities. Scores are scaled to a range from 200 to 800, with the passing standard anchored at 500. The passing standard was established using methods that link the required score to the level of proficiency that corresponds to certification. The following table presents information about CDAL candidates have performed on the test.

For the 12 month period ending December 31, 2017, 260 individuals took the CDAL examination and of those, 176 passed the exam for a pass rate of 68%. As of December 31, 2017, there were 433 active CDALs.