FAQs about the Cardiology Recertification Exam

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Cardiologists are required to complete recertification as part of their requirements to remain a practicing physician. The Cardiovascular Disease Maintenance of Certification Exam can be difficult, with a pass rate in 2021 of 88%. What are some things you need to know before you sit for the exam? Here are some common questions surrounding the Cardiology MOC Exam:

When is the Cardiology MOC exam offered?

The Cardiology MOC exam will be offered on April 3, 2023, and October 11, 2023.

How much does the exam cost?

In early 2022, the ABIM updated its fee structure to help physicians pay less over time to maintain their certifications. Please see the official ABIM website for more information on MOC exam fees.

How long does the exam last?

The Cardiovascular Disease MOC exam takes approximately 10 hours to complete

What is the format for the exam?

The exam contains 220 questions, of which about 50 are new questions that will not count in your final score. When taking the test, you will complete several sections of up to 60 multiple-choice questions.

Each session is open-book, meaning that you will have access to an online external resource (UpToDate®) for these questions. Test questions primarily focus on patient scenarios, while some require interpretation of visual materials.

What does the exam cover?

The Cardiology MOC exam covers the following subjects:

  • Arrhythmias 15%
  • Coronary Artery Disease 21.5%
  • Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy 19%
  • Valvular Disease 15%
  • Pericardial Disease 3%
  • Congenital Heart Disease 3%
  • Vascular Diseases 5%
  • Systemic Hypertension and Hypotension 8.5%
  • Pulmonary Circulation Disorders 3%
  • Systemic Disorders Affecting the Circulatory System 7%

How is the exam scored?

The exam is pass-fail, based on the candidate’s performance on the entirety of the test. Questions left unanswered are scored as incorrect, therefore candidates are encouraged to guess if they are unsure of the answer to a question.

How can I prepare for the exam?

Practice makes perfect when it comes to preparing for any exam. Completing review questions will help you go over content in advance of exam day, giving you a better idea of which areas you may struggle in. The BoardVitals Cardiology MOC question bank contains more than 1,400 Cardiology review questions on topics you’ll see on test day. Sign up for a free trial today!

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