Top 8 Questions About Pediatric Qbanks & the ABP Certifying Exam

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August 21, 2020
Researching the best pediatric exam study tips and board review methods 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 study options exist, which one(s) are right for you, and what you need to know to prepare for the ABP General Pediatrics Certifying 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 Pediatric Board Review, 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 pediatric 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
  • Hippo Education
  • MedStudy
  • NEJM Knowledge+
  • Rosh Review
  • TrueLearn
How do I study for the pediatric board exam with a Qbank?

We have a detailed article about How to Increase Your Pediatric 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.

When is the pediatric board exam?

In 2020, the exam is offered on October 13, 14, or 15. If the dates change due to COVID-19, registrants will be notified. To learn more, read our post Everything to Know About COVID-19 ABP Pediatric Certification Updates.

How many questions are on the pediatric board exam?

According to the ABP website, there are roughly 330–350 multiple-choice questions.

The questions are administered in 4 sections, and you have 7 hours to complete the entire exam.

What happens if I fail the pediatric board exam?

Life happens. Between practicing medicine, studying for the boards, having a personal life, and dealing with a global pandemic, there’s always the possibility 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.

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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