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    How To Prepare for Pediatric Boards - 8 Tips to Pass ABP Exam

    2023 ABP Exam Study Guide

    2023 Pediatric Board Exam Study Plan

    Exam time is approaching, and you're wondering how to prepare for Pediatric Boards. Let Med-Challenger help you with that!  This pediatric study guide is full of tips, tricks, and valuable insight into the art of pediatric board prep and the inner-workings of the exam itself.

    Follow these steps and you'll likely pass - and with a higher score!

    Pediatric Exam Dates

    About the Pediatric Exam and ABP Certification Requirements

    Standard ABP Exam Dates

     Exam Date Options

    2023: Oct. 10-12


    Preparing for the Pediatric Board Exam

    How to Prepare for and Pass the ABP exam

    Follow these steps to ensure you are prepared for the Pediatric Boards.

    1. Understand the Structure of the Exam

    Step one: Know what material is going to be covered in the exam. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) publishes an exam blueprint detailing what material is represented on the examination, with the percentage assigned per content category. Keep this in mind going forward to better focus and guide your study sessions.



    2. Know What to Expect on Exam Day

    Knowing What to Expect on Exam Day can be a game changer. The pediatric certification exam is broken down into four sections of multiple choice questions, each allowing 1 hour and forty-five minutes to complete. These four sections are separated by breaks. The total appointment time is approximately nine hours and is NOT open book.

    It'll do you good to familiarize yourself with the exam day schedule ahead of time. Knowing what to expect & when to expect it helps ease anxiety and ultimately perform better.

    3. Plan Out a Study Strategy

    Take the time to assess the content you need to cover, and portion it out into manageable increments. Once you’ve grasped the breadth of the material, schedule times throughout your day dedicated solely to the topics and sections you’ve chosen to focus on. Setting a strict schedule and mapping out a plan of attack from the get-go will not only help you manage time and stress, it also ensures that you cover all relevant material.

    Starting with topics that are familiar to you will help get you started and reinforce what you know, as well as familiarize you with your study habits.

    It's highly recommended to spend 10-14 hours a week for three or more months.  Take a practice exam simulation as see where your weaknesses are. Work through the individual topics of difficulty to master them, then re-assess overall knowledge with larger exam simulations.  Med-Challenger PEDS Board Review is built for this.

    4. Find a Smart ABP Question Bank

    Feedback from successful examinees suggests that seminars are not very useful. Instead, we recommend you choose a board review course that challenges you and requires your active participation.

    Exposing yourself to practice exams early on will warm you up to the content you should expect to see on the exam, as well as help you assess your strengths and weaknesses. Be sure your pediatric study guide is mapped to the ABP Blueprint and offers case-based questions that emulate the Q&A format seen on the actual exam.

    Things to keep in mind when choosing a Pediatric board review course: As far as board review questions and practice exams go, consider quality as well as the quantity. Insist upon a review that offers thorough, detailed, case-based questions that require involved study and active reading. This is the kind of quality content you're most likely to retain long-term.

    Look for lasting value. Once certified, you'll have annual MOC and CME requirements to fulfill. The ability to earn continuing medical education credits while working through a review product is one of the main added values to pass-guaranteed board reviews.

    Med-Challenger is a leader in online medical education, offering the best pediatric board review. Boasting over 1,700 detailed, challenging case-based questions following the ABP exam blueprint, built-in Pediatric CME & ABP MOC resources, and a 100% pass guarantee, you can't go wrong.

    Keep MOC Points in mind.

    Med-Challenger's Pediatric Board Review Course also provides the ability to earn ABP MOC Points - an annual ABP MOC requirement - while you study. This sets you up nicely after you've passed exams.

    5. Practice & Re-Practice

    I start this tip off with a word of advice: As you work your way through review courses and practice exams, expect to fail. Answering incorrectly may be one of the most effective learning tools at your disposal, as it requires remediation, which in turn reinforces learned information and improves recall through active engagement.

    Never expect to get by knowing only the bare minimum. Simply working your way through all content areas relevant to the ABP Exam Blueprint will not be enough. In times of stress, you don't rise to the occasion - you fall to your highest level of preparation. Go back - do it again. The goal is to assess your strengths and weaknesses. Identifying your knowledge gaps early in the process frees up time for the actual study and review.

    6. Identify & Attack Weak Areas

    Once you've worked your way through the entirety of your study material several times and familiarized yourself with what areas you are and are not confident in, it's time to focus on the relevant material with which you are least comfortable and familiar.

    Consider leaning on an adaptive assessment / prescriptive learning platform, like Med-Challenger. With adaptive learning, not only are you assured to properly utilize all materials available, your time is spent exactly where it needs to be spent with every use, thereby producing a more effective individual review, with no wasted value, all in less time.

    And remember: Always keep the ABP Exam Blueprint in mind!

    7. Treat Your Body Right

    Preparing for pediatric boards will push you to your limits – you will be stressed, burnt out, and oftentimes exhausted. But like they say: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. In the long run, it won’t do you any good to sacrifice your physical and mental well-being.

    At least every 3 hours, allow yourself a break to relax and unwind. Stay hydrated throughout the day. Remember to eat and nourish your body with healthy meal options. Exercise will help maintain healthy circulation and oxygenation to your brain. Take some time to meditate. And perhaps most importantly, maintain a healthy sleep schedule, especially the week before your exam.

    8. During the Exam

    The ABP board uses multiple-choice questions that have one best answer. These items have a “stem” that presents the background information necessary for answering the question, which usually comes at the end of the stem. Be sure to read the stem carefully. As you proceed, make note of information that seems especially relevant. Read every answer option carefully. First use the process of elimination to filter out what you know is incorrect, and go from there.

    Focus on addressing each question individually. Take a deep breath every now and then.

    If you are completely stumped by a question or unsure you answered correctly, flag it and come back later. That having been said, also consider that the first thoughtful answer an examinee makes is usually the best answer. Second-guessing yourself is not likely to help your performance unless you fully realize that you've misread or misunderstood the question. This will help you maximize your time.


    Long answers + language match = 😉

    Board exam questions usually have tell-tale indicators of what the correct answer option is likely to be.  Typically, correct answers tend to be a bit longer and echo language and exact details used in the question stem.  

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    Here's the bottom line: You need to ace the pediatric board exam, & we at Med-Challenger can make that happen.  Our Pediatric Board Review Course has everything you need to practice the various test scenarios you will face during your exam.  It's 100% pass-guaranteed with a 99.8% pass-rate.

    What's more? Our ABP board review course also doubles as an ongoing knowledge refresh, MOC requirements aid, and CME credit resources - not just for today, but for every year of your future practice. Begin your full free trial today!

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