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When taking the multiple-choice practice questions, note the wizard in the bottom right corner. Click this wizard: he will magically turn PURPLE and your question will be flagged for review
Find your flagged questions within the “Question Parameters” during creation of your practice exam. Highlight the “Question Preferences” tab and select “Flagged” to simulate a practice exam with your flagged questions.
Our advice is that you replicate the exam conditions. In other words, you can try and marathon through a 400-question practice exam, but this is not realistic and you will likely fatigue over time. Instead, take 80 question exams one at a time. Set the time limit so you are spending approximately a minute to a minute and a half per question. This will simulate closer to exam day conditions.
When setting up a full-length exam, never click back on a question since the actual didactic exam is forward moving only. Once you have clicked to the next question, you can never go back.
Guidelines for the ABFAS exam structure often change; it is important for you to be aware of the time constraints and number of questions on the exam being administered in any given year.
We try our best to reflect the current state as outlined, and recommend that you stay current with ABFAS information and requirements.
At the “Question Parameters” page during MCQ test creation, you may choose to “show categories” and “show explanations”. At the bottom of this page simply highlight Yes or No for each.
If Yes is selected: categories cannot be hidden; however, the explanation won’t be revealed unless the down arrow in the bottom right is selected.
Yes, all MCQ practice exams must be completed to be saved. There is no way to return to an uncompleted exam. Your completed exams will be saved for review at your home page in the order of most recently completed.
Exams must be ended to be saved for review - We recommend ending the exam by clicking GRADE EXAM- even if you haven't finished each question. This automatically saves the examination under "Most recent MCQ Tests Completed." This saves your examination and you can review this at any time. This allows you to review all questions, INCLUDING questions that weren't answered/completed.
Cases cannot be saved in the middle of the workup. Progress is lost after quitting and only completed cases will be saved. This occurs after selecting “Finish Case.” Your most recent five completed CBPS cases will be listed for your review at your profile home page.
Number of attempts will be shown next to the case at the case selection screen. This is useful in keeping track of how many times you have attempted a given case.
This is completely customizable by you! You can take all cases in the order they are presented by simply selecting “Start Foot Exam,” “Start RRA Exam,” or “Start Full Exam” at the bottom of the page.
You may individually select the cases you wish to complete. Select as many or as few as you prefer. Click once to highlight each case, then at the bottom of the screen select “Start Custom Exam.”
Since we do not know exactly the method by which the ABFAS scores the CBPS exam, we encourage you select as many “pertinent positives” in a given exam scenario, as this will help you develop the skills to navigate the actual CBPS.
Generally, if you are getting the “pertinent positives” in each section of the case, this is a good sign that you will likely have PASSED that case.
PACE yourself. Remember you have to be finished with the case in 15 minutes.
Remember focus on the “pertinent positives”. Only the ABFAS know the exact method for how the exam is scored. In other words, your objective should be work through the case effectively within the allotted time frame.
The ABFAS is not out to trick you. Approach the case like you would an encounter with a patient. You got this!
DO NOT JUMP TO DIAGNOSES or TREATMENT until you are ready to proceed to these sections, otherwise this will likely result in a failing exam score.
It is important to get through EACH and EVERY case with a passing score if you are going to pass the CBPS portion of the exam.
- Correct responses- These are correct responses that YOU DID select
- Missing responses- These are correct responses that YOU DID NOT select. Keep in mind that some of these responses are surplus. It is not understood how redundancy will be graded on exam day; however, we encourage you to select as many of these as possible even if it seems excessive. Do not choose options that may harm the patient.
- Additional responses- These are responses that YOU DID select, but were not deemed pertinent. If a choice picked by you resulted in potential harm to the patient, this would likely count against you.
Many of these responses are surplus. In other words, if you clicked on HCG for a pregnancy test, you may not truly need to select “serum pregnancy test” OR “urine pregnancy test” for credit on the exam. However, in our Recap/Review mode, you will see all 3 responses listed. Those you did not select may be listed in the “Missing Responses” section.
The same principle applies to pulses. If you chose “pedal pulses”, then you probably don’t need to individually select “dorsalis pedis” or “posterior tibial”. Use your best judgment if you are selecting at least one of the three options; however, select as many and all that apply while also factoring the time remaining and the remaining available answer choices. Select options that are most important first. Be sure to select any additional pertinent options before returning to options that may be redundant, otherwise you may lose points!