Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions
How do I prepare for the test?
Click here to access the exam resources section of the ABOM web site.
How do I access the sample test questions?
- Login to your account at https://abom.learningbuilder.com/account/login/
- Navigate to My Application > Current Application.
- On your application, in the section titled Review Sample Test Questions, click the Begin Sample Test button.
- The ABOM Sample Questions: Load Sample Questions page displays.
- Click the Begin Sample Questions button.
- The ABOM Sample Test Questions page displays.
How do I access the online computer-center tutorial?
You may access the ABOM exam computer tutorial online. The tutorial and sample items are meant to help examinees familiarize themselves with the computer functionality of the exam as well as what protocols to expect on exam day. You can access the tutorial here: Online Computer-Center Tutorial
When will test results be available?
Test results will be available on May 10, 2018. You will be notified via email on this date with instructions about how to access results online.
How do I schedule the test?
To schedule your test, you will first need to access your scheduling permit. Your scheduling permit contains your scheduling number. You will need this number to schedule your test.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCHEDULING PERMIT ACCESS
To log in to the Scheduling Permit system, you must provide the following information:
Date of Birth
Note: You will not be able to access your Scheduling Permit if you do not supply the exact information for all four items above.
To access your Scheduling Permit, go to http://examinee.nbme.org/documents/ABOM, log in using the identifying information listed above, and select the ‘Print Scheduling Permit’ link. Your permit will open in a new browser window. Use your browser’s ‘Print’ function to print the permit.
Refer to the instructions on the Scheduling Permit to schedule your testing appointment.
What happens if I can’t take my exam on the date it is scheduled?
If you are unable to keep a testing appointment and would like to reschedule, you must contact Prometric by 12:00 PM ET of the second business day prior to your appointment. The rescheduled date must fall within the testing window. Fees from your previously scheduled test will be transferred to the rescheduled exam as follows:
If you contact Prometric by 12:00 PM ET of the second business day prior to your test date, you will be charged a $100 fee.
If you cancel your appointment within 2 business days of your test date, when you attempt to reschedule your exam within the testing window you must contact Prometric Candidate Cares and pay a $100 fee to reinstate your eligibility record.
If you do not appear on your test date, and would like to reschedule your exam within the testing window, you must contact Prometric Candidate Cares and pay a $100 fee to reinstate your eligibility record.
How can I obtain a receipt that shows I paid to take the test?
You can access a receipt by logging into your account at https://abom.learningbuilder.com
Click the “My Account” tab in the top right corner and then click the “Payment History” button.
What happens if I don’t pass the test the first time I take it?
Applicants are entitled to retake the examination one time, upon payment of a retesting fee, without resubmitting evidence of compliance with the stated qualifications. The candidate must retake the exam the following time is offered or forfeit the retesting opportunity. Any additional retesting will require a reapplication for board certification.
How much does it cost to retake the test?
The retake fee is $450.
Can I request a score recheck?
Yes. Candidates agree to pay ABOM a score recheck fee of $100 per request. Score recheck results will be reported with ten (10) business days of the request.
How long is the certification good for?
Certification is good for 10 years.
Where can I take the test?
The certification exam is administered at computer based testing facilities managed by Prometric Inc. Test centers are located in every U.S. state as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Canadian test centers are located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Click here to search for a test center near you.
I have already paid to take the test, but I would like to cancel and get a refund. Is that possible?
If you cancel by December 15, 2017, you will be refunded $1000.
If you cancel after December 15, but before December 31, 2017, you will be refunded $500.
There are no refunds after December 31, 2017.
What topics are covered on the exam?
Click here to access the test content outline.
How many questions are on the exam?
There are a total of 200 questions on the exam. The questions are broken up into four blocks each containing 50 questions.
How much time do I have to complete the exam?
The test is comprised of four, 60-minute test blocks.
Will I get any breaks during the test?
There is a total of 45 minutes break time allotted for the exam.
I need special accommodations in order to take the test. What should I do?
The ABOM will grant reasonable testing accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities that timely apply and provide the necessary supporting documentation. All requests for accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to provide advance notice and appropriate documentation of the disability with a request for test accommodations. If an applicant identifies functional limitations or special needs that would prevent him or her from taking the certification exam under standard testing conditions, ABOM in consultation with its testing agency, will evaluate and respond to that applicant’s needs for special arrangements. Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding the request and the accommodations that will be provided. Requests for special accommodations must be made through the online application portal.
How do I access my Scheduling Permit?
Please follow this link to access your scheduling permit: https://apps.nbme.org/eddiexaminee/Login.do?client=ABOM
What happens if my name on the Scheduling Permit is doesn’t match the name on my identification?
If the name on your scheduling permit does not match exactly the name on your identification, you must contact ABOM immediately. Name changes or correction cannot be made within seven (7) business days of your scheduled testing date. You will be denied admission to the test if the name on the permit does not match the name on your identification.
What happens if I forget to bring my Scheduling Permit to the test center on the day of my test?
You are allowed to present your Scheduling Permit on an electronic device (e.g. smartphone) at the test center.
Why do I need to print the Scheduling Permit and bring it with me to the test center on the day of my test?
The Scheduling Permit contains your Candidate Identification Number (CIN), which you will need to enter in order to start the test. Prometric does not have access to your CIN. If you do not print your Scheduling Permit, you may present it electronically. But having a hard copy is advised.
What do I need to bring with me to the test center on the day of my test?
You must bring your Scheduling Permit (hard copy or presented electronically) and the required identification described on your Scheduling Permit. Acceptable forms of identification include the following forms of unexpired identification:
- Driver’s license with photograph
- National identity card
- Other form of unexpired, government issued identification
Your identification must contain both your signature and photograph. If it contains your photograph but not your signature, you can use another form of unexpired identification that contains your signature, such as an employee identification card or a credit card, to supplement your photo-bearing, government-issued identification.
The first and last names on your identification must exactly match the names on Scheduling Permit. The only acceptable difference would be the presence of a middle name, middle initial or suffix on one document and its absence on the other.
What happens if I am late for my scheduled testing appointment?
If you arrive after your appointment time, you may not be admitted. If you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled testing appointment, you will not be admitted.
What should I do if I have a problem with the quality of the testing site during the administration of the test?
If you encounter a problem during the administration of the test, immediately report such problem to the test center staff and send written notification to ABOM as set forth below.
Any and all complaints regarding the quality of the testing site, including, but not limited to, the professionalism of the proctor, computer glitches, software glitches, room temperature, distracting noises, lighting, examination interruption, etc. shall be sent in writing to ABOM no later than seven (7) calendar days after the candidate’s examination date via fax or certified mail to:
American Board of Obesity Medicine
Attn: Test Center Complaint
2696 S. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 340
Denver, CO 80222
Any written complaints received by ABOM after the seven (7) day deadline will not be considered by ABOM.
How much of the obesity medicine certification exam is devoted to pediatric content?
Exam questions are broken down into the following categories:
a. questions on pediatric content (15%)
b. questions on adult content (20%)
c. questions relevant to the entire life cycle (65%)