“When I studied for the exam, I went to an ASAM review course (weekend course) and did their bank of ~500 questions 2-3 times prior to finding out about BoardVitals. When I purchased BoardVitals, I was impressed with the questions and lengthy vignettes. I think the questions you have reflect more of what is seen on the actual exam. I actually tossed all my ASAM stuff and focused on your question bank. I did all the questions 2-3 times prior to the exam. ”
In general the feedback on the exam is that this is not just about clinical practice. The exam has significant elements that deal with process, statistical analysis, and ethical and legal concerns. Fully 15% of the exam is dedicated to ethics, which makes sense for an addiction exam, but is considerably more than most boards. 20% of the exam deals with epidemiological questions and prevention 40% of the exam is more of the traditional clinical topics (such as screening and assessment). The remaining 25% is more of a ‘memorization section’ that includes definitions, genetics, pharmacology, and neurobiology.
The best performers on the exam have 1) read the blueprint so that they’re aware of the unique nature of the exam 2) have read textbooks (specifically Principles of Addiction Medicine) and 3) have done many practice questions. There is a correlation between the number of practice questions taken and performance on most board exams, so learning how to take the exam in a timed environment is key.
Our Addiction question bank is specifically targeted to the exam topics and serve as a great review. Even if you mark the question correctly, reviewing the explanation is a good way to discover additional context around the questions. We have worked to create detailed explanations that explain the rationales, and occasionally how to approach the problem.