California Acupuncture Board: Reform & Re-evaluation of California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE)
  • Petitioned Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.

This petition was delivered to:

Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development
Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.
Denise Brown, Director
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
Dr. Bob Holmgren
Office of Professional Exam Services
Terri Thorfinnson, J.D., Executive Officer
California Acupuncture Board

California Acupuncture Board: Reform & Re-evaluation of California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE)

    1. Esther Moux
    2. Petition by

      Esther Moux

      San Diego, CA

Graduates of acupuncture when taking the CA board exam deserve the right to be given a fair licensing exam that is graded accurately. Furthermore, exam takers deserve the right to transparency in the determination of the cut scores, methods on item creation and selection. We petition for CAB reform as well as California Acupuncture Licensing Exam test reform.

Recent signatures


    1. CAB April 22 Meeting agrees to HAND RECOUNT for AUG 2012 exam!

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      Good news from CTUF (CALE Takers United Front) : The CAB (California Acupuncture Board) has agreed to do a hand recounting of August 2012 tests of test takers who did not pass. This is a really intriguing and very important outcome of the Examination Committee Meeting on April 22. They have seen mistakes were made in the original evaluation.

      IF YOU WERE AN AUGUST 2012 CALE test taker and did not pass, please send your name and test score to your school. The school reps will then create a list from their graduates; those lists will be sent to the CAB and the Chairperson (An York Lee) stated in the April 22 meeting that he will see to it that his staff will pull the scantrons and include them for hand rescoring.

      The more data that we have them look at, the more likely something may be uncovered.
      Please spread the word among everyone you know! Having the CAB hand rescore scantrons on such a large scale is UNPRECEDENTED!!! We need as many pieces of data to be considered.

    2. FOIA Request and the Smoking Gun

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      Cale Takers United Front (CTUF) has filed a massive Freedom of Information Act Request to the CAB.
      see link:
      Specific data is needed to prove that historically the Aug 2012 exam was deeply flawed. We went from an average of 68% people passing to 38%. We have not seen a pass rate this low. The burden of proof is on them.
      An "investigation" was done which has not yet been independently reviewed. Essentially the people who created the exam (OPES) investigated themselves. A case of the fox guarding the hen house. This is not acceptable.

      We are demanding change, and transparency. We want the CAB to provide a fair examination for all. CTUF will continue to push forward in our efforts to institute this change.

    3. National Support from AAAOM!

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      Wonderful news, everyone! AAAOM/AAAOM-SO has our back! Just got letter they have sent to the CAB in support of our efforts! See link below:
      Woot-Woot! Thank you, Michael Jabbour, Rachel Brumberger and Joshua Saul!

    4. The Battle of the laywers

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      Our wonderful CTUF attorney, Robert Sulnick, wrote a demand letter to CAB, January 2nd and received a lukewarm "form letter" from CAB's attorney that answered none of our concerns. Our attorney quickly responded reminding the CAB of their fiduciary duty to test takers. We have one last CALL TO ACTION push! Call your legislators and ask them if they have our attorney's letters. To find your legislator:
      Encourage them to call CAB, DCA, and the governor and ask what they are doing to fix this! We demand fairness and transparency!
      CAB: 916-515-5200 DCA: 916-445-1254 Governor: 916-445-2841

      our original letter from Lawyer to CAB:
      the response from cab:
      our lawyer's second letter:

    5. CALL TO ACTION: We have a lawyer and need your help!

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      Be an agent for positive change! Our group (CALE Takers United Front) hired an attorney who has delivered a letter to CAB today- demanding appeals process for exam takers, transparency and fairness. Anyone can participate. Help us get the word out! Here is the lawyer's letter's link for your review:

      We need your help. The more emails, the more seriously the CAB will take our requests. Support change for the displaced graduates and future graduates. Thank you for helping our voices be heard!
      Here is the CALL TO ACTION instructions link:

    6. CALL TO ACTION: Phone Campaign and update

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      For those of you who are calling in to help push our reform. Your calls are appreciated ALL this week and next week. It was not just this Tuesday. Thanks to all of you that have reached out already.
      In case you did not get Tuesday's email....We are asking you to make 3 calls to help us get a fair exam for everyone. Please use the script below or freely speak your concerns:
      1. James Westbrooks, (213)745-6656, aide at Senator Price's office
      2. Governor Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 at his office
      3.Bob Holmgren, (916) 575-7273 at Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES)
      CALL SCRIPT: "Hello, My name is _____. I am calling to request California Acupuncture Board (CAB) to do an immediate investigation on the August California Acupuncture Licensing exam (CALE), and re-score it it to a fair and reasonable pass rate of 70% with a deadline of December 7th. Please reference the letter and petition emailed by CALE Takers United Front."

    7. CALE exam under investigation

      Esther Moux
      Petition Organizer

      As of Nov. 15, a full investigation into the August California Licensing Exam has been authorized by the California Acupuncture Board. Many students, administrators and members from the CALE Takers United Front initiative were present, and provided key support for this. Thank you all who were in attendance and pushed for REFORM! Here is a link to the board meeting:

      Acupuncture Board of California Meeting - November 15, 2012

      Agenda and meeting materials can be found here:

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ratka Popovic OAKLAND, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Because this exam in its current state is ridiculous.

    • Kathleen Thomas SAINT MARYS, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      The CA Board Exam is an indicator of how corrupt the NCCAOM Board Exam is. I have documented proof of NCCAOM's illegal policies and procedures are but am too scared to pursue it as a lone individual.

    • Tenisha Dandridge SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am an Acupuncturist. I demand a fair test, that test my knowledge and skills and not my ability to regurgitate the most obscure information possible

    • sarah mcgaffey SEBASTOPOL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      i took the test in aug 2011. i studied for it for 10 months. i did not pass it by 9 points!!!!! but i have passed both NCCAOM tests. the test was ridiculous. poorly written and uneccisarily confusing.

    • Ratka Popovic OAKLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because the Exam is administered poorly. The content does not reflect practical TCM questions and Graduate studies curriculums.


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