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    The ABP Board Exam: A Comprehensive Guide

    The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) board exam is a pivotal milestone for pediatric medicine physicians. It is instrumental in validating the skills, knowledge, and expertise of professionals in pediatrics. Here, we will explore the intricacies of the ABP exam, offering insights, tips, and strategies to optimize your preparation and performance.

    ABP Exam Dates

    2024 Spring Subspecialty Exam Late Registration October 3-31, 2023
    2023 Fall General Pediatric Certification Exam October 10-12, 2023
    2023 Fall Pediatric Infectious Diseases November 2, 2023
    2023 Fall Pediatric Endocrinology November 8, 2023
    2023 Fall Pediatric Gastroenterology November 9, 2023
    2023 Fall Sleep Medicine November 21, 2023
    2024 Spring Child Abuse Pediatrics March 27, 2024
    2024 Spring Adolescent Medicine April 2, 2024
    2024 Spring Pediatric Nephrology April 3, 2024
    2024 Spring Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine April 4, 2024

    Exam Features

    The ABP certification exam is composed of approximately 350 single-best-answer, standard multiple-choice questions that follow the ABP Blueprint. Each question is in paragraph form with an answer set containing one correct answer and three or four incorrect answers.

    The exam is divided into four sessions each lasting one hour and 45 minutes, separated by scheduled breaks. The entire exam appointment takes approximately nine hours to complete.

    Content Specifications

    Exam content is determined by a pre-established blueprint, or table of specifications. The blueprint is developed by ABP and is reviewed annually and updated as needed. Trainees, training program directors, and certified practitioners in the discipline are surveyed periodically to provide feedback and inform the blueprinting process.

    The primary medical content categories of the blueprint are shown below, with the percentage assigned to each for a typical exam:

    Strategizing Your Preparation

    Comprehensive Study Material

    Choose study resources that are aligned with the ABP Blueprint, ensuring that you cover every topic in depth. Resources like Med-Challenger Pediatrics offer tailored preparation with a vast question bank of constantly updated content.

    Mock Exams and Simulations

    Simulated exams, such as Med-Challenger's Board Exam Simulator, part of the Pediatric Boards Prep Course, are instrumental in gauging your preparation level. They offer insights into your strong areas and those requiring improvement, enabling a focused preparation strategy.

    Time Management

    The ABP exam evaluates candidates under timed conditions. Practice with timed mock exams to enhance your time management skills, ensuring that you can navigate through the questions effectively and efficiently during the actual exam.

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

    Navigating the Exam Day

    Stay Calm

    It’s natural to feel anxious. However, staying calm and composed is crucial to think clearly and make informed decisions during the exam. Knowing what to expect by checking out Exam Day: What to Expect can also help put your mind at ease.

    Pace Yourself

    The exam is structured to evaluate a broad spectrum of your skills and knowledge. Pacing yourself is crucial to ensure that every section of the exam is attempted with equal focus and concentration.

    Review Your Work

    If time permits, review your answers. Sometimes, a second look can offer new perspectives and insights.

    See also: What Pediatricians Say About Med-Challenger - Pediatrics CME Reviews

    Post Exam Day

    Notification of Examination Results

    Exam score reports are typically posted in your online portfolio within 60 days of the exam administration date. Although the examination is administered on the computer, we cannot provide you with your results at the testing center. We conduct extensive quality control activities before releasing results to ensure that the examination is psychometrically sound and the data are accurate. 

    In addition, without exception, each candidate's examination score is reported to his or her program director. The names of certified pediatricians, but not their scores, are sent to appropriate organizations and directories.

    Passing Criterion and Scoring

    There are multiple versions of each certifying examination, and a rigorous scoring procedure ensures that all candidates are held to the same passing standard regardless of which version of the exam they receive.

    After administration, statistical analyses are conducted and a small number of questions may be deleted if they do not meet standards for statistical and psychometric validity. Deleted questions are not included when calculating candidates' final scores.

    After deleted questions are removed, a candidate's total score is calculated as their number of correct answers. No points are deducted for incorrect answers and all questions are weighted equally.

    Although the total score is based on the number of correct answers, all examination results are reported using a 1 to 300 scale, with 180 designated as the passing mark. This conversion is necessary because there are multiple versions of each exam. The versions may vary slightly in difficulty because they contain different questions, and it would be unfair to require someone who had a more difficult version of the exam to answer the same number of questions correctly as someone who had an easier version of the exam. A statistical process known as equating is applied to ensure that everyone is held to the same passing standard. Therefore, a candidate's score on the 1 to 300 scale does not reflect the percentage of questions answered correctly. Instead, a 180 represents the minimum level of knowledge required to pass the examination.

    Pass Rates

    ABP Pass Rates

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