Top 10 Questions About Internal Medicine Qbanks & the ABIM Exam

July 30, 2020
Researching the best ABIM 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 ABIM 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 Choose the Best Internal 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 IM 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:

  • BoardVitals
  • MedStudy
  • NEJM Knowledge+
  • Rosh Review
  • TrueLearn
  • UWorld
When is the ABIM Certification Exam?

Generally in the summer. In 2020, the exam can be taken on August 17, 18, 20, 26, 28, or 30 or on the added dates of December 14 or 15.

How do I study for the ABIM Certification Exam with a Qbank?

We have a detailed article about How to Boost your ABIM 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. And if you’re interested in using multiple Qbanks together, you can play to each one’s strengths to further boost your knowledge. For example, if your program gives you access to MKSAP, we have an honest assessment from an IM resident explaining How to Use Rosh Review with MKSAP for ABIM Board Review.

How many questions are on the ABIM board exam?

There are 240 total questions administered in 4 blocks of 60 questions each.

According to the ABIM website, you will have up to 2 hours to complete each block of questions.

When do ABIM results come out?

They are released within 3 months.

How long does ABIM certification last?

10 years.

What happens if I fail the ABIM 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. 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 succeed. We’re here to stand with you throughout your career—not just sell you a product and move on.

How do I get a discount to 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 Rosh Review 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, while 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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