The 2021 sleep medicine MOC exam is Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
The detailed sleep medicine MOC exam blueprint, which is reviewed annually and updated as needed, describes the primary medical content categories of the exam, with the percentage assigned to each category for a typical exam.
The exam consists of single-best-answer questions only. This type of question consists of a brief statement, case history, graph or picture followed by a question and list of possible options. You must choose the one answer that is better than the others; note that other options may be partially correct. Familiarizing yourself with the question format in advance may help you work more effectively. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; therefore, you should answer every question. There is no penalty for guessing. Do your best to answer all questions according to your understanding of current clinical principles and practice. Multiple editions, or “forms,” of the exam are used, and they may differ in question order and content.
Arrive 30 minutes prior to the appointment time specified on your confirmation e-mail. If you arrive after your appointment time, you may not be admitted to the exam. When you arrive at the test center, you will need to present primary (e.g., driver’s license, passport) and secondary identification (e.g., Social Security card, valid credit card or ATM card).
The sleep medicine MOC exam takes approximately 10 hours. The day is divided into several sessions, each containing a maximum of 60 multiple-choice questions. You will have 100 minutes of available break time to use during your examination. The amount of break time you use after each test session will be subtracted from the amount of available break time. For instance, if you take a 10-minute break after session one, the amount of break time remaining for the exam will be reduced to 90 minutes.
Each session is open-book, meaning that you will have access to an online external resource (UpToDate®) for these questions. You can take the exam tutorial and visit the UpToDate User Academy for ABIM Exam to practice using the open-book feature. Please note that certain features of UpToDate, including those that access external websites like society guidelines, will not be available during the exam for security reasons.
Learn more about how to prepare for an assessment in a test center.
Your results will be released within three months of the last date of the exam in that area. When your results are released, you will receive an e-mail notification with instructions on how to access your Score Report in PDF format from your Physician Portal. All score reports are provided electronically within your Physician Portal, not via postal mail. The pass rate for the 2019 sleep medicine MOC exam, taken by 1,176 physicians, was 86%.