Exam Overview

The ABEM Maintenance of Certification Program Examination is a one-day examination administered online through a third-party software called QuestionMark. Candidates will take the exam at their place of work, with the candidate finding a proctor (coworker, boss, etc…) to administer the exam. The proctor will sign a document saying that the test taker is who they say they are and make sure no cheating is occurring.
Prior to the computer-based examination, a detailed analysis of individual questions has been performed and a minimum passing score established. After completion of the exam, ABEM Executive Office Staff will notify candidates whether they passed or failed the examination.

No other information about the examination, examination results, or performance on subsections of the examination will be made available to the candidates.

Exam Format

The examination is a four hour proctored examination containing approximately 125 multiple-choice questions, which test cognitive knowledge relevant to the clinical experience of electrodiagnostic medicine. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease. All questions are written by ABEM certified electrodiagnostic medicine physicians. Some of the 125 questions are trial questions and will be un-scored.

Content for this year's exam is broken down within the following exam areas and percentages:
  • Electromyography (EMG)- 12%
  • Nerve Conduction Studies- 14%
  • Focal Neuropathy- 14%
  • Generalized Neuropathies- 15%
  • Radiculopathies/Plexopathies- 12%
  • Motor Neuron Disease- 8%
  • Myopathies and Myotonic Disorders- 10%
  • Neuromuscular Junction Disorders- 7%
  • Ethics, Safety, and other Techniques- 8%