Jump to content

FAQs Regarding 2020 Certifying Exam Format Change

Posted on October 6, 2020
 

Why are you changing the format for the 2020 Specialty Certifying Examination (CE)?

 

The health of all participants (and those with whom they come into contact) is paramount. We cannot ask you or our volunteers to take unnecessary risks by having an in-person examination. Unfortunately, despite working continuously to provide a virtual option, we do not believe we will be able to successfully provide this option by first quarter of 2021. This is why the exam format has changed to a computer-based exam which will be administered at Pearson VUE test centers. This eliminates the need for you to travel a considerable distance and helps prevent possibly spreading the virus. 

 

 

Will I need to complete an application for the 2020 Specialty CE again?

 

No, you will not need to complete another application for the 2020 examination.  

 

 

Will I need to book a seat at a Pearson VUE test center to take the examination?

 

You will need to book a seat at your preferred Pearson VUE test center. Pearson VUE is working closely with ABOG regarding exam scheduling. You will have a task on your portal no earlier than next Friday, October 16 to schedule at your preferred test center. We will distribute another email when scheduling is available. If you need an accommodation for the examination or lactation facilities, you must make that request by contacting ABOG at 214-871-1619 or exams@abog.org prior to scheduling with Pearson VUE. 

 

 

Is it safe to take an exam in a Pearson VUE test center?

 

Pearson VUE is following recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect testing candidates and its own staff. You will need to comply with all of the health and safety guidelines outlined on the Pearson VUE website.

 

 

If I am unable to attend the examination on the scheduled date, or would otherwise prefer not to take the computer-based examination, will I be able to use my case list and fees paid for the 2020 CE?

 

Yes, your examination fees and case list will be rolled to the 2021 examination.  However, you will need to complete the online application for the 2021 Specialty CE and meet the requirements as outlined in the 2021 CE Bulletin.

 

 

I withdrew from the 2020 CE due to travel restrictions from COVID-19. Can I re-register now that you are switching to the computer-based format?

 

Yes. Please send an email to the Exams Department at exams@abog.org and request that the tasks and information be re-added to your portal. This must be requested no later than October 30, 2020, to allow time to input case lists and have them reviewed before the examination.  

 

 

What types of questions will be on the computer-based CE?

 

This CE will be clinically based, multiple-choice questions. You will have four hours to take the examination. The question distribution will be based on the blueprint, which is included in the 2020 Specialty Certifying Examination Bulletin. The high-level blueprint begins on page 13, and more specific topics are listed beginning on page 30.

 

 

I understand ABOG will be reviewing case lists. What does that mean, and what is the impact on my eligibility to take the CE?

 

ABOG is reviewing all case lists to ensure they meet the standards as outlined in the 2020 Specialty Certifying Examination Bulletin. Please click the “Case List” icon on your ABOG portal to verify that your case list has been approved or to correct any issues if required. If the case list is submitted and approved, you may take the computer-based CE. ABOG staff is still reviewing case lists, so please check back later if your Case List is marked as “Under Review.” 

 

 

What happens if my case list is not approved?

 

Candidates will be notified on their portal (see above) if edits are needed to their case lists. You will be given an opportunity to submit necessary corrections to your case list in order to become eligible to take the examination. 

 

The most common error in case lists is an issue with the case list affidavit, not the case list itself. 

 

 

If I choose to take the computer-based CE and do not pass, will I be able to use my case list for the 2021 examination?

 

Yes, your case list will be rolled to the 2021 examination. However, you will need to complete the online application for the 2021 Specialty Certifying Examination, meet the requirements as outlined in the 2021 CE Bulletin, and pay the application and examination fees.

 

 

If I choose to take the computer-based CE and do not pass, will I be able to take the computer-based certifying examination again in the 2021 exam cycle?

 

No. This is a one-time-only accommodation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This format will only be offered for the 2020 Specialty CE cycle. 

 

 

Will ABOG continue to offer a computer-based certifying examination in the future? 

 

No. This is a one-time-only accommodation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This format will only be offered for the 2020 Specialty CE cycle. 

 

 

Have additional questions? Contact the Exams Department at exams@abog.org or 214.871.1619.