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ABOG Updates 2020 Exam Blueprints

Based on its recent Obstetrics and Gynecology Job Task Analysis (JTA), the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) has updated its blueprints for its 2020 specialty certification exams. The OB GYN JTA is a standard process done to validate the knowledge, judgement, and abilities to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology assessed in certification.

The JTA included a nationwide survey of obstetricians and gynecologists in practice. The primary goal was to further ground OB GYN certification standards around two key principles: relevancy and quality. Survey questions focused on determining critical areas of practice in the field and the frequency of the tasks performed in those areas. View ABOG's JTA process.

The results of the JTA informed the development of the new OB GYN blueprint or content area specifications and their approximate percentages for the Qualifying and Certifying Examinations. The main domains (i.e., Obstetrics, Gynecology, Office Practice, and Cross Content), the subdomains within each of these four larger domains, and the task statements nested in each of these subdomains are similar between the two examinations.

Qualifying Examination


ABOG has modified the 2020 Qualifying Examination (QE) blueprint, and it will have increased weighting in Gynecology and in Office Practice and Women's Health and decreased weighting in Obstetrics.

Previous QE Weighting New QE Weighting 
 Obstetrics 40% Obstetrics 30% 
 Gynecology 25% Gynecology 30% 
 Office Practice and Women's Health 25% Office Practice and Women's Health 30% 
 Cross Content 10% Cross Content 10% 
Certifying Examination

No modifications were made to the domain weightings of the 2020 Certifying Examination (CE) blueprint. Approximately 30% of the questions on the test will be in the area of Obstetrics, 30% in Gynecology, 30% in Office Practice and Women's Health, and 10% in Cross Content. Importantly, the topic areas, domains, and subdomains assessed in the CE are the same as those on the QE. Additionally, the subdomain weightings on the CE are proportionally equivalent to those on the QE.

Based on JTA results, the Obstetrics and Gynecology 2020 QE and CE blueprints reflect the current knowledge, judgement, and skills that obstetricians and gynecologists need to become certified.

Click here to view the 2020 Specialty QE blueprint and here for the 2020 Specialty CE blueprint.

For topic areas, click here to view the 2020 Specialty QE topics and here for 2020 Specialty CE topics.

Questions? Email exams@abog.org