As outlined by the American Board of Urology, the purpose of the examination is to evaluate whether the candidate can demonstrate a minimum level of knowledge necessary for the safe practice of urology.
According to the American Board of Urology, the Qualifying (Part 1) Exam tests on the following four subject-oriented task forces:
Task Force A
Physiology, immunology, molecular biology, hypertension, transplantation, sexual dysfunction, voiding dysfunction
Task Force B
Infections, inflammatory diseases, endocrinopathy, calculus disease, trauma, obstructive uropathy, fertility
Task Force C
Neoplasms, urinary diversion, fistulae
Task Force D
Pediatric urology, anatomy, fluid and electrolyte disorders
The Urology Qualifying Exam is made up of 300 multiple-choice questions (MCQ), of which 100 are new field-test questions and will not count toward your final grade.
It is a one day, computer-based exam divided into two sections, each lasting 3 hours.
BoardVitals offers a more granular approach to the categories in relation to the exam and we offer questions that are allocated to a number of categories. Note that these categories can be taken one at a time or in combination to create a custom exam. For the most realistic exam experience, users should set the BoardVitals timer to 60 seconds per question as the real exam requires 50 questions to be answered in an hour (a little more than a minute per question).
According to the ABU, this exam has a pass rate of approximately 90% for first-time examinees.