The I-ITE is a proctored examination delivered via the internet using a secure browser. The examination consists of approximately 150 single-best answer multiple-choice questions. The examination is delivered in the English language, and programs who conduct their training in a language other than English can choose an extended time option. Examinees are allotted 3 or 4.5 hours to complete the examination, plus an additional 20 minutes of break time. An English dictionary may be used by residents during the test. Experience the I-ITE first hand with the examination demonstration.
It is important for residentsto understand the purpose of the examination. The I-ITE is intended to be used as a self-assessment by both residents and program directors/mentors. Although the American Board of Pediatrics encourages collegial collaboration in daily practice, it is prohibited on this examination and is, in fact, counterproductive, as its purposeis to assist residents and their mentorsin identifyingareas of strengths and areas needing additional training in a resident’s core knowledge of general pediatrics. Therefore, sharing information or collaborating with mentors or peers before, during, or after this examination renders it ineffective as an individual assessment tool. To address potential instances of information sharing among trainees, 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 receives an incident report with specific information included in the examination results package.
What type of feedback is provided after the examination?
Results are typically released within 6 weeks of the examination’s administration and are provided directly to the program director or administrator. Since this examination is an assessment tool, specific feedback is provided on individual items that are answered incorrectly. View our sample report to see an example of this feedback.