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SOME IM CERTIFICATION EXAM APPOINTMENTS CANCELED Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

With capacity reduced at all Pearson VUE test centers to maintain safety, some appointments (less than 20%) to take the Internal Medicine Certification Examination have been canceled and must be rescheduled. If this applies to you, you should have received this email, which clarifies what your next steps are.

More than 68% of affected candidates have already rescheduled. So, be sure to reschedule soon if you haven’t done so already.

Technical Support for those taking the Knowledge Check-In at home/in office Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

Technical assistance on the day of your Knowledge Check-In assessment is available by chatting with a Pearson VUE agent. We are here to help! You may also call 800-606-0259 to reach an ABIM Customer Relationship Advocate, in the event you are unable to connect to a Pearson VUE agent.

Coronavirus Updates Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

At ABIM we are actively monitoring the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will post regular updates about any changes to scheduled assessments.
Scheduled for an assessment this year? ABIM is working with Pearson VUE to ensure your safety throughout your exam day. Learn more about what to expect at test centers.
Please follow the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information on the virus.

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Infectious Disease Maintenance of Certification Assessments

Schedule Your Infectious Disease 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 Infectious Disease MOC exam takes approximately 10 hours.
  • The day is divided into several sessions, each containing a maximum of 60 multiple-choice questions.
  • Each session is open-book, meaning that you will have access to an online external resource (UpToDate®) for these questions. You can take the exam tutorial and visit the UpToDate User Academy for ABIM Exam to practice using the open-book feature. Please note that certain features of UpToDate, including those that access external websites like Society Guidelines, will not be available during the exam for security reasons.
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 3 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 and visit the UpToDate User Academy for ABIM Exam to practice using the open-book feature. Please note that certain features of UpToDate, including those that access external websites like Society Guidelines, will not be available during the exam for security reasons.
Action Time Allotted
Launch Exam and Check in with Greeter Varies, up to 15 minutes
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