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The Family Medicine Boards are only offered in a computer-based format, but are offered in all 50 states. The format of the exam is pretty straightforward – there is a brief practice test, you will see the time remaining, and be able to see the unanswered questions. Unlike board exams for the other specialties, you are able to review previous items and change answers.
However, in our experience, when physicians go back to modify questions, they often change their answer from the right one to the incorrect one. Unless you're sure of an answer change, focus on the questions ahead, and not the ones that you have already answered.
The first exam section lasts 120 minutes (2 hours) and there are 120 questions on the exam. The time does pass pretty quickly, so pay attention to the clock. For both certification and recertification, physicians select 2 modules. You cannot change the modules once selected. As of 2012, the module options included Ambulatory Family Medicine, Child and Adolescent Care, Geriatrics, Women's Health, Maternity Care, Emergent/Urgent Care, Hospital Medicine, and Sports Medicine. Each module has 45 questions. The fourth exam session is another set of 80 multiple choice questions. The fifth exam section consists of an additional 80 Multiple Choice Questions.
At about 1 minute per question, make sure to pace yourself! This is feedback that we get from Family Medicine students all the time. We suggest using a portion of our question bank as an actual exam with one minute per question to get a feel for the pace. Remember that there is no brand new information… focus on established medicine.
Good luck on the exam!