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Information about the ABPN Neurology Initial Certification Exam

Beginning in 2017, the questions on the Neurology Certification exam will conform to a new, two-dimensional content specification. One dimension focuses on neurologic disorders and topics, while the other is devoted to competencies and mechanisms that cut across the various disorders of the first dimension.

In 2015, the pass rate for first-time test takers on the ABPN Neurology Certification exams were 90%.

What is covered on the ABPN Neurology Certification Exam?

According to the ABPN Neurology CERT Content Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:

Dimension 1: Neurologic Disorders and Topics

  1. Headache and pain disorders 4-6%
  2. Epilepsy and episodic disorders 8-12%
  3. Sleep disorders 3-5%
  4. Genetic and developmental disorders 6-8%
  5. Vascular neurology 8-12%
  6. Neuromuscular diseases 8-12%
  7. Movement disorders 8-12%
  8. Neuroimmunologic disorders of the CNS 8-12%
  9. Neuroinfectious diseases 2-4%
  10. Brain and spinal trauma 2-4%
  11. Neuro-ophthalmologic and neuro-otologic disorders 2-4%
  12. Metabolic diseases, nutritional deficiency states, and disorders due to toxins, drugs, and physical agents 3-5%
  13. Neuro-oncology and paraneoplastic disorders 3-5%
  14. Behavioral neurology and neurocognitive disorders 7-9%
  15. Psychiatric disorders 5-7%
  16. Autonomic nervous system disorders 1-3%
  17. Normal developmental processes and development through the life cycle 1-2%

Dimension 2: Physician Competencies and Mechanisms

  1. Neuroscience and mechanism of disease 22-28%
  2. Clinical aspects of neurologic disease 17-23%
  3. Diagnostic procedures 17-23%
  4. Treatment 22-28%
  5. Interpersonal and communication skills 2-3%
  6. Professionalism 2-3%
  7. Practice-based learning and improvement 2-3%
  8. Systems-based practice 2-3%

What is the format of the ABPN Neurology Certification Exam?

The ABPN Neurology Certification Exam 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 Sample Screens provided by the ABPN.

Information about the AAN RITE (Residency In-Service Training Exam)

What is covered on the RITE Exam?

According to the AAN 2017 RITE Exam Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:

  • Anatomy 10%
  • Behavioral/Psychiatry 11.25%
  • Clinical Adult 17.5%
  • Clinical Pediatrics 11.25%
  • Contemporary Issues 3.75%
  • Neuroimaging 13.75%
  • Pathology 10%
  • Pharmacology/Chemistry 10%
  • Physiology 12.5%
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