Family Medicine Board Exam Preparation

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Family Medicine Board Exam Format

The family medicine board exam is comprised of multiple-choice questions that assess knowledge and problem-solving ability. The exam is comprised of 5 sections and includes 20 test questions that will not be scored.

What to Expect the Day of the Exam

The family medicine board exam is a 1-day exam, offered in computer format only at Prometric testing centers.

  1. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for registration and ID verification.
  2. You cannot bring personal items (e.g., mobile phones, pagers, watches, purses, bags, books, etc.) into the exam room. If you cannot leave such items at home or in your car, you can store them in secure lockers at the exam location.
  3. Each workstation is equipped with a small whiteboard and marker for notes and prep work as you take the exam.
  4. There will be other examinees using the testing center at the same time, many taking other types of examinations. Ear plugs or headphones are provided on request.
  5. The family medicine board exam is broken out into sections. Once you complete and submit each section of the exam (or time is ended) you may not revisit the section.
  6. Several optional breaks are scheduled throughout the day: you may choose to take all of the breaks, part of the breaks, or none at all.

The Family Medicine Board Exam Schedule

Section 1:

  • 120 multiple-choice questions
  • 120 minutes

Optional first break: 15 minutes

Section 2:

  • First elective topic module (you are responsible for 2 exam module topics of your choice to be selected on the day of the exam; once you have made and confirmed your selection it cannot be changed.)
  • 45 multiple-choice questions
  • 45 minutes

Section 3:

  • Second elective topic module
  • 45 multiple-choice questions
  • 45 minutes

Optional second break: 70 minutes (as this break occurs following the end of the morning session, candidates typically take it as a lunch break)

Section 4:

  • 80 multiple-choice questions
  • 95 minutes

Optional third break: 15 minutes

Section 5:

  • 80 multiple-choice questions
  • 95 minutes