Performance on the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certification Examination: Are Superior Test-Taking Skills Alone Sufficient to Pass? - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study looked to examine claims that the certification program is testing one’s ability to take tests rather than a physician’s skill level of practicing medicine. To test this theory, four nonphysicians, all of which were experts in the area of certification testing, completed the 2009 ABFM board examination certification. Ultimately, none of the four individuals were able to score high enough to meet the minimum reportable score and only one participant outperformed any physicians. These results show that medical training is needed to be able to pass the examination and that test takers can not rest solely on cues.

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