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Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Assessments

Schedule Your Internal Medicine 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:

  • If you are taking the Knowledge Check-In online (in a location such as your home or workplace), you must complete the system check on the computer in the location that you will be using on exam day. We will publish a link to the system check well in advance of the Knowledge Check-In. If you are scheduled to take the online Knowledge Check-In in 2018, you will receive an email from ABIM with a link to the system check as soon as it is available.
  • You should carefully review Prepare for an Assessment in a Test Center or Prepare for an Assessment Online (home or workplace), depending on the location of your assessment.
  • You are responsible for making your own travel and hotel reservations. Recommendations for overnight accommodations are not available from ABIM or the test vendor.
  • Instructions are available if you need to change your exam date, test center location or cancel an exam.

Exam Day Schedules:

MOC Exam Day Schedule (traditional 10-year assessment)

  • The Internal Medicine MOC exam takes approximately 10 hours.
  • The day is divided into several 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 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 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 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