FAQs about the Cardiology Recertification Exam

Here are some common questions that we are asked about taking the Cardiology MOC Exam:

How much does the exam cost?

The cost of the exam is included in a candidate’s 10-year MOC program fee. The fee covers one examination for every specialty area a candidate chooses to maintain. The 10-year fee is $1940 for internal medicine, $2060 for internal medicine with a focused practice in hospital medicine, and $2560 for any subspecialty.

How long does the exam last?

The exam lasts one day.

What is the format for the exam?

The exam consists of multiple choice with a single best answer. There are multiple editions, or forms, of the exam, each of which consists of a different set of questions. The questions primarily focus on patient scenarios, while some require interpretation of visual materials. The exam will likely mirror your day to practice as it is meant to be a clinically focused exam.

What does the exam cover?

The exam covers the following topics:

  • 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 long will it take to receive my results?

Candidates will receive their results in the mail approximately three months after the last exam given in the candidate’s testing area.

How should I prepare for the exam?

The American Board of Internal Medicine offers a preparation tutorial for the examination. There are many books on the market to help test takers prepare, such as the bestselling Cardiology Intensive Board Review guide from the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic also hosts an annual symposium each summer to help candidates prepare. You may also prepare by reviewing reference materials or completing a practice self-assessment independently. We suggest taking the Board Vitals Cardiology MOC question set at least once in timed mode.