A proper understanding of the purpose of this examination should minimize potential security issues. It is important that both training program directors and the trainees taking this examination understand its purpose, which is self-assessment at both the resident and program level, as well as the identification of strengths and any weaknesses or deficits that may exist in core knowledge of general pediatrics. Therefore, sharing information, collaboration between peers, or any other form of cheating are not only prohibited by ABP policies but are counterproductive and hinder the examination’s intended use.
Additionally, data forensic analyses of the test response data are conducted to identify pairs of trainees whose response patterns have statistically unlikely similarities, as well as trainees whose scores are unusually high for their training level. If such trainees are identified, the training program will receive an incident report with specific information as part of the results package. Program directors and administrators are strongly encouraged to handle these types of incidents, if any, as part of the trainee’s mentoring in professionalism. Incidents that compromise the integrity of the testing process may result in the examination scores being withheld.