The examination consists of 300 multiple-choice questions. Two hundred of these are previously tested questions which will be used to grade candidates on the examination. One hundred of these are new, field-test questions which are being evaluated and will not count toward the final grade. Candidates have up to four opportunities to complete the Qualifying (Part 1) Examination successfully before their five-year period of admissibility expires.
* 200 Qualifying Examination Questions
100 Field Test Questions
* Only these questions are used to score candidates on the examination
A committee of twenty urologic physicians with expertise in the various subspecialty areas of urology develops the examination component of the Qualifying process. Committee members are chosen with regard for the region of the country in which they practice as well as their subspecialty expertise, so that the committee reflects a comprehensive representation of urologic disciplines and regional practice variations.
The committee is composed of four subject-oriented task forces.
JOINT EXAMINATION COMMITTEE
Task Force A
Physiology, immunology, molecular biology, hypertension, transplantation,
sexual dysfunction, voiding dysfunction
Task Force B
Infections, inflammatory diseases, endocrinopathy,
calculus disease, trauma, obstructive uropathy, fertility
Task Force C
Neoplasms, urinary diversion, fistulae
Task Force D
Pediatric urology, anatomy, fluid and electrolyte disorders
Questions are generated by individual committee members, reviewed by the appropriate task force, and then presented to the entire Examination Committee for critique. Following the critique, questions are rewritten and presented to the group as many times as necessary to reach agreement on relevance, clarity, and the correct answer.
After a new question has been approved by the Examination Committee, it is included as a field test item in the Qualifying (Part 1) Examination along with previously tested questions which have met stringent criteria for inclusion as official graded questions.