Staying Away from Forfeited Questions is Goal for OLA Participants

Staying Away from Forfeited Questions is Goal for OLA Participants

An important date is coming for diplomates participating in Continuing Certification (MOC) who haven’t started answering OLA questions yet this year. August 4 is the last day when those diplomates can start answering questions and still reach their OLA progress requirement for the year.

Here are a few things to consider as you assess your OLA participation. 

Remaining on Pace Is Important 

Since two questions are offered to most participants every week, 104 are available to be answered each year. To meet the annual progress requirement, most diplomates need to answer only 52 questions per year. OLA allows substantial flexibility regarding when diplomates answer questions, as questions do not expire until four weeks after they are offered.

Avoid Forfeited Questions 

Questions that are required but unanswered for a given year are considered “forfeited” and count as incorrect responses. For example, if you are required to answer 52 questions and you only answer 50, the two unanswered will be “forfeited” and therefore scored as incorrect. 

You Have Choices After Meeting Your Annual Progress Requirement 

When you meet your annual progress requirement, you have options regarding participation for the rest of the year.

  • Take a break: You may wait until next year to resume answering questions.
  • Keep going: You may choose to answer more than 52 questions this year. There is no penalty for continuing to participate. 

Questions? Contact Us 

If you have fallen behind or have questions about your OLA status, please contact a certification manager at or 520-790-2900.

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