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Hospice & Palliative Medicine Maintenance of Certification Assessments

Hospice & Palliative Medicine MOC Scoring and Results

Scoring

The examination pass-fail decision is based on your performance on the entire examination. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; therefore, you should answer every question. The minimum passing score reflects an absolute standard that is independent of the performance of any group of candidates. This standard has been established by the examination committee and approved by the ABIM Board of Directors.

ABIM has a standard process for evaluating changes in medicine that occur too late in the test administration schedule to replace or modify any affected examination questions. We advise candidates to answer all questions according to their understanding of current clinical principles and practice. If ABIM determines that any question has been compromised by new information, that question will be reviewed to ensure that test-taker results are not adversely affected. This information appears in the instructions that candidates see before beginning any ABIM examination.

Results

  • After the exam is given, it will be analyzed and evaluated to ensure the reliability of individual results.
  • Your results will be released within three months of the last date of the exam in that area. When your results are released, you will receive an e-mail notification with instructions on how to access your Score Report in PDF format from your Physician Portal. Starting in 2015, all score reports will be provided electronically within your Physician Portal, not via postal mail.
  • Score reports will be available for two years from the date on which they were released. For exams taken in 2015 or later they will be available within your Physician Portal. For exams taken prior to 2015, you may obtain a copy of your Score Report upon written request during that two-year period. Questions regarding exam results should be submitted in writing within six months of the date results were released.

At the end of the Certification cycle, physicians who pass the Maintenance of Certification Exam, have successfully completed the self-evaluation component, and whose credentials have been verified by ABIM are considered to be recertified. Physicians with a lapsed Certification are considered recertified upon successful completion of these three components. Your current status is reported on your Physician Portal My Exams Page.

Rescore

ABIM's scoring process is meticulous and includes a rigorous set of quality control steps to verify the accuracy of results for every examinee. Additional information on how exams are scored may be found at How Exams Are Developed.

It is very unlikely that an error occurred in retrieving your answers from the computer or scoring your exam.

However, you may request a rescore for a fee of $250.

If you would like to have your examination rescored, please put your request in writing. All requests must be received within six months of the results' release date. Include your name, ABIM ID, the examination to be rescored, and a check for $250.00 payable to the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Send to:
Rescore Request
American Board of Internal Medicine
510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3699

Results of the rescore will be mailed to you within eight weeks of receiving your request.

Pass Rates

See First-Time Taker Pass Rates for Maintenance of Certification (pdf).