This ABD Certification Pathway Sample Item Tutorial demonstrates the types of content on the BASIC, CORE, and APPLIED exams.
The BASIC Exam tests both knowledge base and application of knowledge, but in a limited scope. The emphasis is on common conditions and less complex situations.
The CORE Exam modules test more advanced knowledge, for example, knowledge of less common conditions and less commonly used medications, as well as visual diagnosis of clinical and histologic images.
The APPLIED exam focuses on application of knowledge in the context of an individual patient.