The ABAI offers the Certification Examination and Continuous Qualification Exam (CQE) once every year. The times and places of examinations are determined by the ABAI and announced in the appropriate specialty journals, in the ABAI newsletters, and on the ABAI website.
|Time||7hrs (2 sessions)|
|Passing Score||absolute minimum|
*Percentages are approximations.
NOTE: The CQE examinations only cover the Clinical Science section of the Item Classification Outline.
The examinations include items listed in the examination item classification list as determined by the ABAI Board of Directors as well as current ACGME Program Requirements for Residency Education in Allergy and Immunology.
The one-best answer multiple-choice items are objective and designed to test the individual's knowledge through recall, interpretation, problem solving, and clinical judgment. Examinations may contain both previously used and new questions.
The Certification examination is administered annually by computer in proctored test centers throughout the country. It is the responsibility of the candidate to register with the test center. Detailed instructions will be sent out upon receipt of all required application materials. More information on the test centers can be found here. Please note that the test centers administer many examinations besides the ABAI secure examinations. ABAI does not have control over the availabiliy of test sites and dates and therefore, does not guarantee that you will be able to test on your preferred date or at your preferred test site. Candidates must also read and abide by all rules as outlined by the test centers. The Continuous Qualification Examination (CQE) is a paper and pencil examination administered annually in Philadelphia.
The Conjoint Standards Committee, with representation from the ABAI, the ABIM, and the ABP, recommends the passing grade for the Certification and MOC Examinations to the Board for its determination. Since 2003, ABAI sets a criterion- reference standard prior to the examination, which verifies a candidate's ability level (score) relative to the performance on the content of the examination. The passing score is computed from an estimate of the probability of an average candidate answering each item correctly. Theoretically, all candidates can pass or fail the examination. The validity of the individual's performance on the examination is secured by every means available.
Diplomates/Candidates who wish for their exam to be rescored must submit a written request via certified mail to
Diplomates/Candidates who are unsuccessful on the CQE examination may re-apply for subsequent scheduled examinations. There is no restriction on the number of opportunities for re-examination but there is a limit on Board Eligibility for the initial certification examination.
Board Review Courses
The ABAI does not sponsor or maintain any records on any courses, which claim to be review courses in preparation for its examinations, nor does it offer or endorse any specific publications or courses to prepare for its examinations. The ABAI publishes an item classification list and an examination blueprint for the Certification and CQE examinations.
Individuals requiring special accommodations during the examinations must provide written documentation by their specialist to the ABAI at the time of application for examination in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact ABAI for further information.
All Board examinations are supervised by proctors, who are required to report any irregular behavior, which includes, but is not limited to, giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid before, during, or after the examination as evidenced by observation or subsequent statistical analysis of answer sheets. Offering financial or other benefit to a proctor, employee, or agent of the ABAI is forbidden. Please review the candidate rules agreement for more details.