We understand that waiting for your score report to arrive can be stressful. Please remember that results can take up to three months from the date of the last administered exam.
Understanding Your Score Report
While you may be worried while waiting for your score report, there’s good news: the majority of physicians pass the exam on their first attempt.
Once you receive your score report, it’s important to review the areas in which your scores were lower than others, as that can help you decide where to focus your learning activities in the future. We’ve created a cheat sheet to help you understand some of the terms used in your score report.
If you were not successful on your exam, please review ABIM's Board Eligibility policy to confirm when you'll be able to take your next certification exam.
Did you know?
- Upon achievement of your ABIM Board Certification in internal medicine or a subspecialty, you will be eligible to claim AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ directly from the AMA. Learn more
ABIM's MOC program requires that you:
- Complete one approved activity at least every 2 years.
- Earn at least 100 MOC points through these approved activities every 5 years.
- Take and pass a knowledge assessment, which can be the traditional, 10-year MOC exam, the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment, or a Collaborative Maintenance Pathway assessment that is available in Cardiovascular Disease and cardiology subspecialties. Learn More
The Latest Updates
String Link Between Diagnostic Knowledge and Avoiding Death, Hospital Visits, Study SaysApril 01, 2021 | Patients are significantly less likely to face death, an emergency department (ED) visit or hospitalization for conditions at high risk for diagnostic errors when treated by a board certified physician who scores higher on diagnostic questions on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam, according to a study by researchers from ABIM, Harvard Medical School and the Mayo clinic.
Physicians Who Don’t Keep Medical Knowledge Current More Likely to Over-Prescribe Opioids for Back PainJuly 01, 2021 | Researchers from Harvard University and the American Board of Internal Medicine found better test-takers wrote less pain pill prescriptions.
Geriatric Patients Were Prescribed Fewer Potentially Dangerous Medicines from Physicians who Scored Higher on ABIM AssessmentsSeptember 08, 2021 | Physicians with higher scores on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessments were less likely to prescribe “potentially inappropriate medications” (PIMs) to their older patients – including anticholinergics, which have been linked to cognitive impairment and decline in older patients, according to a study by ABIM researchers.