To better ensure the health and safety of our candidates, the ABR has committed to a remote exam platform starting in 2021. The decision was made after weeks of consultation with key stakeholders, including candidates, programs, associations, and societies. We are continuing those discussions as we move forward in our exam development process.
Transitioning from in-person to remote exams will take substantial effort and we want to keep our stakeholders informed. Please bookmark this page or follow us on Twitter to check for updates. We appreciate everyone’s interest as we work to build a new way of delivering exams.
2021 Exam Dates Announced
The ABR Board of Governors this week determined remote exam dates for the first half of 2021. Dates for the second half of the year will be established shortly and posted here.
Stakeholder Calls Inform Exam Planning
Last week, the ABR convened meetings with initial certification stakeholder groups to solicit feedback about the move to remote exams. During these meetings, we provided a high-level overview of the remote approach for both our computer-based and oral exams.
ABR computer-based initial certification exams will take place in a remote location of the candidate’s choosing, provided that place meets a few basic requirements. Remote computer-based exams are not likely to be given at commercial testing centers (e.g., Pearson VUE) or ABR centers. The exams will use an ABR-developed exam interface similar to what has previously been used for computer-based exams. In addition, we will likely use a third-party vendor to handle exam-day security and remote monitoring. We will provide additional details about the requirements when we know more.
The oral exam will use an ABR-developed platform that will combine remote proctoring with video conferencing. As with the computer-based exams, candidates will have the freedom to select a location, but it must meet a few basic requirements. The details about exam-day location and other logistics are still in development and will be communicated when we have more information.
Many thanks to the leadership and staff of all the organizations that so thoughtfully engaged with us (listed below). We truly appreciate the collaboration as we begin this important endeavor and look forward to continuing the dialogue as we move forward.
As mentioned in previous communications, we’ll be sharing more information on exam dates for 2021 by August 1.
Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR)
Association of Program Directors in Interventional Radiology (APDIR)
Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD)
American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2)
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
American College of Radiology, Resident and Fellow Section (ACR RFS)
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Review Committee for Radiology (ACGME-RC)
IC Advisory Committee for Diagnostic Radiology
Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs (ADROP)
Society of Chairs of Academic Radiation Oncology Programs (SCAROP)
Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO)
Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP)
IC Advisory Committee for Medical Physics
Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR)
Society for Interventional Radiology, Early Career Section (SIR ECS)
Society for Interventional Radiology, Residents, Fellows and Students (SIR RFS)