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According to the ABA BASIC Examination Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:
The BoardVitals ABA BASIC question bank follows the content outlined in the ABA BASIC Examination Blueprint.
The BASIC Examination consists of 200 A-type questions and examinees have 4 hours to complete the examination. A-type questions are single-best-answer multiple-choice questions that require the application of knowledge rather than simple recall of factual information.
The ABA anesthesia exam pass rate as of November 2015 was 93%.
In addition to the BoardVitals ABA BASIC Question Bank, be sure to review the Sample BASIC Exam Questions provided by the ABA.
Students who’ve taken the ABA BASIC exam mentioned that it’s similar to the USMLE Step 1; factual recall is significant and there are complaints that the details in the exam are not clinically relevant and too focused on minutiae so don’t let this throw you off. Examinees recommend dedicating more time to studying anatomy and statistics, also, focusing on the organ-based systems/clinical assessment will be helpful. Students were surprised to find a lot of questions focused on physician impairment as well. Lastly, do not overlook the Mapleson and Bain circuits as there is great potential for these to be be on the exam.
Examinees state that dedicating 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, is an adequate amount of time to prepare for the exam; pairing our Anesthesiology BASIC Examination question bank with relevant texts will ensure success. Good luck!