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Nephrology Maintenance of Certification Exam Assessments

Schedule Your Nephrology MOC Exam

If you are eligible to take an assessment, you can schedule it through your Physician Portal during the open registration window. Test appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by the test vendor, Pearson VUE.

How to Schedule:

  1. Go to the My Exams page in your Physician Portal.
  2. Click on the green “Register” button next to the exam you wish to take.
  3. Complete the registration steps.
  4. Once you have completed the registration steps, you will be routed to Pearson VUE’s site to schedule your appointment.
  5. To schedule your appointment you may also call Pearson VUE directly at 1-800-601-3549, Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. Provide the Pearson VUE representative with your ABIM ID. Please include “ABIM” in front of your ID number (i.e., ABIM999999) and confirm which exam you will be taking.

If you are a physician from another ABMS board: Schedule your appointment by calling Pearson VUE directly at 1-800-601-3549, Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. Provide the Pearson VUE representative with your Board ID and confirm which exam you will be taking.

After Scheduling:

Exam Day Schedules:

MOC Exam Day Schedule (traditional 10-year assessment)

  • The Nephrology MOC exam will take approximately 10 hours. If you took this exam previously, please note that the schedule is new beginning Fall 2016.
  • The day is divided into four sessions, each containing a maximum of 60 multiple-choice questions.
  • The first session is a closed-book session. The last three sessions are open-book, meaning that you will have access to an online external resource (UpToDate®) for these questions. You can take the exam tutorial to practice using the open-book feature.
Action Time Allotted
Registration Varies
Tutorial Optional, up to 30 minutes
Instructions and Pledge of Honesty Up to 10 minutes
First Session Up to 2 hours (maximum 60 questions)
Break Optional, up to 100 minutes (divided between 3 breaks)*
Second Session Up to 2 hours (maximum 60 questions)
Break Optional, up to 100 minutes (divided between 3 breaks)*
Third Session Up to 2 hours (maximum 60 questions)
Break Optional, up to 100 minutes (divided between three breaks)*
Fourth Session Up to 2 hours (maximum 60 questions)
Optional Survey Up to 10 minutes
Total Approximately 10 hours

You will have 100 minutes of available break time to use during your examination. The amount of break time you use after each test session will be subtracted from the amount of available break time. For instance, if you take a 10-minute break after session one, the amount of break time remaining for the exam will be reduced to 90 minutes.

Knowledge Check-In Exam Day Schedule (two-year assessment)

  • The Knowledge Check-In takes approximately 3-1/2 hours.
  • The assessment is divided into two sessions, each containing a maximum of 45 multiple-choice questions.
  • The Knowledge Check-In is the same exam whether you take in online or in a test center.
  • Both sessions of the Knowledge Check-In are open-book, meaning that you have access to an online external resource (UpToDate®). You can take the exam tutorial to practice using the open-book feature.
Action Time Allotted
Registration Varies
Tutorial Optional, up to 5 minutes
Instructions and Pledge of Honesty Up to 3 minutes
First Session Up to 1 1/2 hours (maximum 45 questions)
Break Optional, up to 15 minutes
Second Session Up to 1 1/2 hours (maximum 45 questions)
Optional Survey Up to 5 minutes
Feedback Screen Up to 2 minutes
Total Approximately 3 1/2 hours