The exam is composed of 250 multiple-choice questions covering all areas of thoracic surgery. The questions consist of a brief statement, case history, possible graphic or picture, followed by a question and a list of possible answers.
The exam is given on a single day each year in an electronic format at Pearson Professional Testing Centers located throughout the United States. By using a computer-based format, candidates will have the opportunity to select the testing center in which they would like to take the exam. Please note that not every Pearson Testing Center is available on the day of the Written Exam. Candidates need to be flexible when selecting a testing center location.
The exam is given in two equal parts that last 2 hours, 45 minutes each, for a total of 5 1/2 hours. The Written Exam is given once a year to candidates whose applications have been approved. The exam is usually administered in late November or early December.