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“The BoardVitals neurology question bank questions challenge your clinical knowledge while providing detailed and clear explanations that add to your understanding of the pathophysiology of the neurosciences. This is a great way to beef up your knowledge for the boards and RITE exams! ”

Dr. L Schneider
Neurology Resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Neurology MOC Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Sleep
  • Behavioral, Cognitive, Psych
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Epilepsy, Seizures
  • Genetic
  • Congenital
  • Cerebrovascular
  • Neuromuscular
  • Cranial Nerves
  • Movement Disorders
  • Demyelinating Disorders
  • Neuroinfectious Disease
  • Critical Care
  • Trauma
  • Neuro - Ophthalmology
  • Neuro - Otology
  • Neurotoxicology, Nutrition, Metabolic
  • Pregnancy
  • Child Neurology
  • Neurologic Complications of Systemic Disease
  • Imaging/Diagnostic Studies

ABPN Neurology MOC Exam Info

Pass Rate

The ABPN Recertification (MOC) exams have a published pass rate of ~95%. The pass rate is based on multiple takes however, and it’s actually not uncommon to have to sit twice for the exam.

How long is the Neurology MOC Exam?

The exam is comprised of 220 multiple choice questions (MCQ) in single best answer format. The exam will take approximately 5 hours and is divided into four sessions. Each session contains 50-60 questions.

See the Instructions for the 2017 Neurology Maintenance of Certification Examination for the examination delivery structure.

It is recommended candidates familiarize themselves with the examination functions by reviewing Sample Screens provided by the ABPN.

The Neurology MOC Exam Content:

As outlined in the ABPN MOC Examination in Neurology 2017 Content Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:

  1. Headache disorders 7–9%
  2. Pain disorders 1–2%
  3. Epilepsy and episodic disorders 9–11%
  4. Cerebrovascular disease 9–11%
  5. Aging, dementia, and neurocognitive disorders 7–9%
  6. Spinal cord diseases 3–5%
  7. Cranial nerve palsies 1–2%
  8. Neuromuscular diseases (adult and child) 9–11%
  9. Movement disorders (adult and child) 9–11%
  10. Demyelinating diseases (adult and child) 3–5%
  11. Critical care 3–5%
  12. Trauma 1–2%
  13. Neurologic complications of systemic diseases 3–5%
  14. Neuro-ophthalmology 1–2%
  15. Neuro-otology 1–2%
  16. Neurogenetics/neurometabolic disorders 1–2%
  17. Neuro-oncology 1–2%
  18. Neuroinfectious diseases 3–5%
  19. Neurotoxicology 1–2%
  20. Sleep disorders 1–2%
  21. Ethics 1–2%
  22. Child neurology (specific disorders) 2–4%
  23. Interpersonal and communication skills 1–2%
  24. Systems-based practice issues 1–2%
  25. Diagnostic procedures 1–2%
  26. Neurorehabilitation 1–2%

The BoardVitals Neurology MOC Question Bank offers a Neurology search feature that allows users to search for specific content areas in preparation for the MOC Neurology exam.

All of the questions, answers, and explanations in our Neurology qbank are reviewed and actively rated by users.

The BoardVitals question bank also targets the AOBNP OCC continuous certification exam. Additional resources may be available via the AAN.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 100 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Neurology CME info found here.