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Medical Oncology Certification Exam

Medical Oncology Certification Exam Content

Exam Content

The detailed Medical Oncology Certification exam blueprint (pdf) includes an outline of the content areas and their approximate percentages for a typical exam.

Exam Administration

Multiple editions, or “forms,” of the exam are used, and they may differ in question order and content. Some questions require the interpretation of illustrative materials such as electrocardiograms, radiographs and photomicrographs (e.g., blood films, Gram stains, urine sediments).

Question Format

The exam consists mostly of single-best-answer questions and a small number of multiple-response questions. All questions consist of a brief statement, case history, graph or picture followed by a question and list of possible options.

For a single-best-answer question, you must choose the one answer that is better than the others; note that other options may be partially correct. For a multiple-response question, you will be given four to six answer options, and you must select the two or three options that are correct. The number of correct options will be indicated in each question's directions.

Familiarizing yourself with the question formats in advance may help you work more effectively.

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