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Note: The ABA did not release the 2022 pass rates for the BASIC exam.
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What do I do if I fail the Anesthesiology board exam?
The first thing you should do is just take it easy, sleep on it. Give yourself a few days, a week or two to come to terms with what has happened. Your next exam is six months to a year away. Dr. Jack has more advice in this video, What Do You Do If You Fail Your Medical Board Exam?
Anesthesiology Examination Format and Scoring
Both the BASIC and ADVANCED Exam consists of 200 questions and examinees have 4 hours to complete the exam. The BASIC
Exam includes A-type items only. A-type questions are single-best-answer multiple-choice questions that
require the application of knowledge rather than simple recall of factual information. These questions often
include a brief clinical vignette followed by a lead-in question and four response options.
Example of a single-best-answer multiple-choice question format:
Among patients from the emergency department, the traumatic incidence and age of patients are distributed in left-skewed character. Which of the following is correct?
◯ A. The mean is higher than the mode
◯ B. The median is higher than the mode
◯ C. The median is higher than the mean
◯ D. The mean is higher than the median
C. The median is higher than the mean
The distribution of the values is left-skewed. In a left-skewed distribution, the mode is higher than the median and the mean, and the median is higher than the mean. Therefore, the median is higher than the mean is the correct answer.
In a symmetric distribution mean, the median and the mode are the same.
In the right-skewed distribution, the mean is higher than the mode and median; the median is higher than the mode. All other answer options follow a right-skewed distribution.
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