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The ABPN issues a certificate for Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurology with a Special Qualification in Child Neurology. The BoardVitals question bank is specifically targeted to the Special Qualification exam. Click here for access to our general Neurology question bank.
BoardVitals has a statistically significant higher pass rate than the national average on the Neurology and Psychiatry exams. The content is updated continually, ensuring that we don’t include any older question formats or content.
Beginning in 2017, the questions on the Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology exam will conform to a new, two-dimensional content specification. One dimension focuses on disorders and topics, while the other is devoted to competencies and mechanisms that cut across the various disorders of the first dimension.
According to the ABPN Child Neurology CERT Content Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:
Note that the examination DOES include adult neurology topics and concepts.
The ABPN Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology is comprised of 400 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in stand-alone and vignette format.
Stand-alone questions are single best answer MCQ’s that are not associated with any other questions. These questions can be flagged for review or skipped. However, candidates cannot review questions in a section that has been completed.
Vignette questions are typically two to five MCQ's linked to a common case that may be presented in either a short video clip (30 seconds to 3 minutes), or in text. Vignette questions must be answered in order to advance to the next question. Therefore, candidates can not skip vignette questions or review vignette questions after they have been completely answered.
It is recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the examination functions by reviewing Samples Screens provided by the ABPN.
The pass rate for the 2017 Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology exam was 85% for first-time takers.