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The ABPN 2022 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Pass Rate for the Certification exam is 80%.
The ABPN 2022 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Pass Rate for the Maintenance of Certification exam is 97%.
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ABPN Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Examination Scoring
There is no predefined passing rate for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry examinees. Each examinee should have some degree of familiarity with the subject matter of each question. Even though the examinee may be in doubt about the correct answer to a particular question, they should answer every question. This will increase the likelihood that the examinee’s examination score will reflect the breadth of their knowledge of the field. There is no penalty for guessing.
ABPN Board Examination Format
The computer-delivered Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Continuing Certification Examination primarily consists of 170 test questions to be completed within 170 minutes (2 hours and 50 minutes).
The Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Continuing Certification Examination consists of single-best-answer multiple-choice questions.
Example of a single-best-answer multiple-choice question format:
A 16-year-old girl presents to the emergency department with her mother. The patient was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago. Her mother states that she gets “hyper,” overly talkative, and euphoric on a daily basis for the past week. Her physical exam and urine drug screen are unremarkable. Which of the following correctly describes the difference between mania and hypomania?
◯ A. Hypomania is a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood lasting at least one week but only occurs at night.
◯ B. Mania and hypomania are mainly distinguished by the potential of mania to cause marked social and occupational impairment.
◯ C. There is a decrease in goal-directed activity in mania as compared to hypomania.
◯ D. Hypomania is extremely severe and causes marked impairment in social or occupational functioning.
◯ E. Hypomania is a mild disturbance in mood so the change in functioning is not observable by others.
The correct answer is:
B. Mania and hypomania are mainly distinguished by the potential of mania to cause marked social and occupational impairment.
A manic episode is described by the presence of abnormally and continually elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and abnormally and continually increased goal-directed activity or energy. Symptoms are present most of the day, nearly every day, for at least a week. Hypomania is characterized by abnormally and continually increased activity or energy that is present most of the day, almost every day, for at least 4 days. In both mania and hypomania, the patient may have exaggerated self-esteem or grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, pressured speech, distractibility, psychomotor agitation, or increase in goal-directed or impulsive activities that have a high potential for painful consequences. The episode should not occur solely under the influence of a substance or any other medical condition. The basic difference between mania and hypomania is that mania causes marked social and occupational impairment or requires hospitalization.
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. 5th ed. Washington, 2013. Goldstein BI, Birmaher B, Carlson GA, et al. The International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force report on pediatric bipolar disorder: knowledge to date and directions for future research. Bipolar Disord. 2017;19(7):524-543.