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Ophthalmology Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Basic Science
  • Cataract and Anterior Segment
  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbit
  • Oculoplastics
  • Ophthalmic Pathology and Oncology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Refractive Management and Optics
  • Retina and Vitreous
  • Uveitis

Information About the ABO Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam (WQE)

According to the ABO, the Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam is designed to test the basic science and clinical knowledge of candidates who have passed an accredited ophthalmology education program. The WQE must be passed in order to be admitted to sit for the Oral Exam.

What is covered on the Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam?

The exam content is distributed in the following percentages as outlined in the ABO Written Qualifying Exam Content Outline, and our question bank follows suit:

  • Lens and Cataract (12%)
  • Cornea, External Disease and Anterior Segment (13%)
  • Glaucoma (13%)
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology (10%)
  • Oculofacial, Plastics, and Orbit (10%)
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (11%)
  • Refractive Management and Optics (8%)
  • Retina, Vitreous, and Intraocular Tumors (15%)
  • Uveitis (8%)

How long is the Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam?

The WQE is a one day exam lasting approximately 5 hours, which includes a tutorial and break time.

How many questions are on the ABO Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam?

The WQE is made up of 250 multiple-choice questions in single best answer format.

Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam Preparation Tips

In addition to the BoardVitals Ophthalmology Board Review Question Bank, be sure to review the ABO’s page on Preparing for the WQE.

In 2017, the pass rate for first-time takers of the WQE was 88.7%.

Information About the AOBOO Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam

According to the AOBOO, the Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam is designed to test the candidate on their understanding of the basic scientific bases of the problems involved in ophthalmology, familiarity with the current advances in ophthalmology, and possession of sound judgment and high degree of skill in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involved in the practice of these specialties.

What is covered on the AOBOO Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam?

The exam content is outlined in the AOBOO Exam Table of Specifications, and our question bank follows suit:

  • External Disease and Cornea
  • Fundamental Principles of Ophthalmology, General Medicine, Anesthesia
  • Glaucoma
  • Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis
  • Lens and Cataract
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses
  • Orbit, Eyelids, Lacrymal System
  • Pathology and Tumors
  • Pediatrics and Strabismus
  • Retina and Vitreous

What types of questions will be on the AOBOO Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam?

The format of the questions may include, but not be limited to multiple choice and short answer essay.

AOBOO Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam Preparation Tips

When preparing for this exam, be sure to review the AOBOO Suggested Reading List for Ophthalmology.