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The ABPN 2022 Neurology Pass Rate for the Certification exam is 74%.
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The first thing you should do is just take it easy, sleep on it. Give yourself a few days, a week or two to come to terms with what has happened. Your next exam is six months to a year away. Dr. Jack has more advice in this video, What Do You Do If You Fail Your Medical Board Exam?
ABPN Neurology Certification Examination Scoring
There is no predefined passing rate for Neurology 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 Neurology Certification Examination primarily consists of 170 test questions to be completed within 170 minutes (2 hours and 50 minutes).
The Neurology 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 your clinic with a 3-month history of intermittent headaches. The pain is characterized as pressure-like and throbbing, but she does not have photophobia. In addition, she says that she can hear her pulse in her head and occasionally has blurred vision, especially in the morning when she awakens. Her past medical history is significant only for severe menstrual cramping, for which she was recently started on an oral contraceptive. Physical exam reveals a slightly overweight, well-developed Caucasian female with a normal neurological exam. Which one of the following etiologies of her headache is most likely?
◯ A. Catamenial migraines
◯ B. Migraine with aura
◯ C. Pseudotumor cerebri
◯ D. Subarachnoid hemorrhage
◯ E. Tension headache
The correct answer is:
C. Pseudotumor cerebri
Transient visual loss is more commonly seen in patients with pseudotumor cerebri than with migraines and results from changes in intracranial pressure that can relate to position. A number of medications have been associated with pseudotumor cerebri, including retinoids, vitamin A toxicity, tetracycline, lithium, and oral contraceptives. Obesity is also strongly associated with pseudotumor.
Symptoms of subarachnoid hemorrhage would be more severe and acute.
Tension headaches do not typically present with changes in vision.
Friedman, D. I. (2009). The Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome: Pseudotumor Cerebri, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Benign Intracranial Hypertension, And Related Conditions. Neurology, 73(2), 162–163. doi: 10.1212/wnl.0b013e3181ad5433