Diplomates who are have an approved application are required to take and pass the MOC exam, which is offered online between September 4 to October 31, 2018. Approved applicants will not have access to the examination after October 31, 2018.
If your application was approved, you received an email providing instructions on how to access the exam as well as the examination link.
The MOC examination tests fundamental and practice-related knowledge and can be taken at your home or office provided that you have internet connection. Diplomates chose one of the following four exams on their 10-year application to align with their practice: Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic, Cardiothoracic, or Congenital. The MOC exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. You will be given four answer options and will be asked to choose the one correct answer. The MOC exam has a similar format to SESATS, however the MOC exam is graded.
The ABTS highly encourages you to complete the exam early in the period it is offered. The MOC exam is not timed and you may log in and out of the exam until the hard deadline of October 31, 2018. If you logout of the exam, simply click the exam link in the original email you received and login to resume.
For your convenience, we have provided you with a demo test on the main webpage of the examination that you can work through to familiarize yourself with the exam format.
The MOC exam is graded. Diplomates may take the exam starting in the eighth year but must pass it by their tenth year.