Top 10 Questions About Family Medicine Qbanks & the ABFM Exam

August 21, 2020
Researching the best ABFM board review methods and exam details can be overwhelming, so we’ve done the time-intensive searching for you to answer the common questions. Hopefully this helps clarify what types of board review options exist, which one(s) are right for you, and what you need to know to prepare for the ABFM Certification Exam. Did we miss a question? Let us know and we’ll get the answer for you.

Should I use a Qbank?

There are many ways to study for the exam, such as live courses, self-directed study, and Qbanks. You need to choose the option that’s best for you. We’re a Qbank company, so we (not surprisingly) think Qbanks are an excellent way to prepare for your test. We’ve detailed How to Select the Best Family Medicine Board Review Qbank, which will help you answer these questions:

  1. Do I need to use a Qbank?
  2. What criteria should I use to make a decision? 
Which FM Qbanks should I compare?

If you don’t have the time to read through our “How to Select a Qbank” article but know you’re interested in a Qbank, these are the companies we suggest trying. Compare them by signing up for a free trial and see which one is right for you:

  • AAFP
  • BoardVitals
  • Exam Master
  • NEJM Knowledge+
  • Rosh Review
  • TrueLearn
  • UWorld
When is the ABFM Certification Exam?

Typically in the spring and fall. In 2020, the spring dates were pushed to July and early August because of COVID-19, and the fall dates are November 9–14.

How do I study for the ABFM board exam with a Qbank?

We have a detailed article about How to Increase Your ABFM Certification Exam Score that includes our favorite study tips. Spoiler alert: we recommend targeting your “unknown unknowns.” Here’s how you do that:

  • Answer a question from a Qbank
  • If you answer incorrectly, read the explanation
  • Take notes about why the correct answer is correct, and make sure to take notes on anything in the explanation that you didn’t already know

If you do this for every question you answer incorrectly, and if you regularly review your notes and add information to topics as you do more questions, you’ll eventually determine your unknown unknowns. In return, you’ll uncover most of your blind spots that questions on the board exam can ask about. 

Our “How to Boost Your Score” article also includes day-of tips like which grammatical mistakes to keep an eye out for to help you narrow down answer choices. Our goal is to help you succeed, so read as many of these tips as you can before exam day.

How many questions are on the ABFM board exam?

There are 300 total questions administered in four sections. You have 95 minutes to complete each section.

What happens if I fail the ABFM board exam?

Life happens. Between practicing medicine, studying for the boards, having a personal life, and dealing with a global pandemic, it’s possible that you might not pass the exam. We believe in you, which is why we extend your subscription until you pass your exam. Even if you didn’t use Rosh Review before taking your exam and you didn’t pass, we will give you a complimentary subscription until you pass. We’re here to stand with you throughout your career—not just sell you a product and move on.

Should I use a Qbank for the FMCLA? 

The Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) is a new assessment for physicians who are up for their 10-year recertification. Rather than taking a 1-day test, for the FMCLA you are given 25 open-book questions each quarter and will answer 300 questions total (you can do this in 3 years or up to 4 years if needed).

Rosh Review’s search feature can easily help you answer open-book questions. See how to search for the information you need.

How do I earn CME with Rosh Review?

If you sign up for an account that is linked to CME, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Complete 1,000 questions in your Qbank
  2. Score 70% or better (you can use either tutor or test mode)
  3. Retake questions as needed until you achieve 70% correct
  4. Email us at for your certificate

You’ll earn 100 AAFP-approved AMA PRA Cat 1 CME credits.

How do I get a discount on Rosh Review?

If you’re part of a group purchase or program purchase, we offer a discount based on the number of people in your group or program. We also offer discounts to active military and to attendees of certain conferences. Otherwise, we do not offer individual discounts. We believe in what we offer, and we strive to continually elevate our Qbanks rather than racing to the bottom with constant discounts. You can read about Rosh Review’s Discounts, Promo Codes, and Coupons for more details. 

Are Qbanks worth the money?

Depends on who you ask! Some people do better with live courses, some swear they wouldn’t have passed their exam without a Qbank and that the cost was reasonable and well worth it. Your best bet is to try a free trial and determine what’s right for you. And if you choose Rosh Review, we’ll be with you every step of your career.

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