How does it work?
The ABO issues 50 new questions on an annual basis, released in quarterly segments (hence the name), which is composed of 40 knowledge questions and 10 article-based questions. A diplomate has the flexibility of accessing the Quarterly Questions platform with a computer, tablet or mobile device via a user-friendly interface.
Beginning in 2018, more subspecialty content will be available to provide focused questions for ophthalmology subspecialists. Diplomates will answer each single-correct answer choice knowledge question (without the use of outside resources) within a one-minute timeframe. These can be answered one at a time, in small batches or all in one sitting.
During the pilot project, the ABO found that most diplomates were able to answer the questions within 30 seconds. The article-based questions have a five-minute timeframe and may be re-attempted once if the initial answer choice is incorrect. Diplomates will receive and review instant feedback with question-by-question performance and will be able to track how their score compares to the diplomate community.
Additionally, commentary feedback will include the rationale and references for each question, along with relevant learning resources for further study if desired. The cumulative scoring is based on 250 questions answered correctly over the 10-year certification cycle on an overall passing standard.