The ABAI offers exams for
Certification and Maintenance of
Certification (MOC) once every year. The times and places of examinations
are determined by the ABAI and announced in the appropriate specialty journals,
in the ABAI newsletters,
and on the ABAI website.
||7hrs (2 sessions)
||4hrs (1 session)
*Percentages are approximations.
The examinations include items listed in the examination
item classification list as
determined by the ABAI Board of Directors as well as current
ACGME Program Requirements for Residency
Education in Allergy and Immunology.
NOTE: The MOC proctored examination only covers the
Clinical Science section
of the Item Classification Outline.
Proctored Exams: Certification and MOC
The one-best answer multiple-choice items are objective and designed to test
the individual's knowledge through recall, interpretation, problem solving, and
clinical judgment. Examinations may contain both previously used and new
- Test Centers -
MOC examinations are
administered annually by computer in proctored test centers throughout the
country. It is the responsibility of the candidate to register with the test
center. Detailed instructions will be sent out upon receipt of all required
- Scoring - The Conjoint Standards Committee, with representation
from the ABAI, the ABIM, and the
ABP, recommends the passing grade for the
MOC Examinations to the
Board for its determination. Since 2003, ABAI sets a criterion- reference
standard prior to the examination, which verifies a candidate's ability
level (score) relative to the performance on the content of the examination.
The passing score is computed from an estimate of the probability of an
average candidate answering each item correctly. Theoretically, all
candidates can pass or fail the examination. The validity of the
individual's performance on the examination is secured by every means
- Rescore - Candidates who wish for their exam to be rescored must
submit a written request via certified mail to ABAI
within 30 days of the date on the results letter. A non-refundable
fee must accompany the
- Failure - Candidates who are unsuccessful on either proctored
examination may re-apply for subsequent
There is no restriction on the number of opportunities for re-examination.
- Board Review Courses - The ABAI does not sponsor or maintain any
records on any courses, which claim to be review courses in preparation for
its examinations, nor does it offer or endorse any specific publications or
courses to prepare for its examinations. The ABAI publishes an
item classification list for
- Disability Accommodations - Individuals requiring special
accommodations during the examinations must provide written documentation by
their specialist to the ABAI at the time of application for examination in
accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact
ABAI for further information.
- Irregular Behavior - All Board examinations are supervised by
proctors, who are required to report any irregular behavior, which includes,
but is not limited to, giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid
before, during, or after the examination as evidenced by observation or
subsequent statistical analysis of answer sheets. Offering financial or
other benefit to a proctor, employee, or agent of the ABAI is forbidden.