SPEX Practice Test
SPEX is specifically used in the United States and Canada to re-assess physicians and their ability to understand basic medical knowledge. In order to take this exam, the individual must currently hold or have previously held an unlimited license to practice medicine.
This computer-based exam consists of multiple-choice questions. The exam consists of 7 blocks. Each block allows 64 minutes to complete 48 questions. The estimated passing score is 75.
If you require special accommodations, this request must be made in writing when the exam application is submitted.
To take SPEX through the board-sponsored process, you must have held a valid, unlimited license, and met eligibility requirements established by the licensing board(s).
To take SPEX as self-nominated, you must currently hold a valid, unlimited license.
What are the topics covered?
The two areas assessed are “Disease Categories” and “Physician Tasks”.
The following subjects are covered under each topic.
- General principles
- Blood disorders
- Nervous System/Special Senses Disorders
- Mental disorders
- Skin disorders
- Musculoskeletal System Disorders
- Respiratory System Disorders
- Cardiovascular Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Renal and Urinary Disorders
- Male Reproductive System Disorders
- Female Reproductive System and Pregnancy
- Endocrine System Disorders
- Immunologic Disorders
- Applying scientific concepts
- Formulating a diagnosis
- Managing patient care
How do I register for the exam?
- If you have not already done so, you must create an account on the online application system.
- Submit your application, certification of identity form (if applicable), and fee.
- Verify you meet all eligibility requirements.
After you receive approval, you will be emailed a copy of your Scheduling Permit. The permit is used to schedule your exam. Also, you must take the Scheduling Permit with you on exam day in order to take the test.
What is the cost of the exam?
The cost of SPEX is $1,300. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. It must be paid with American Express, MasterCard or Visa.
What are the testing dates and locations?
The Scheduling Permit you receive entitles you to a 90-day eligibility period in which you can take the exam.
Test appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are over 300 testing sites throughout the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Bring a valid photo ID and Scheduling Permit.
You are not allowed to bring a calculator to the testing area. Additionally, you are prohibited from bringing personal items such as a jacket, backpack, or cell phone.
What happens after I take the exam?
Your test results will be available 2-4 weeks after you take the exam.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
In a 12-month period, you will be given three attempts to take the exam. You are allowed to make a second attempt at the exam at any point after the first attempt. If a third attempt is required, you must wait 90 days from the day of the second attempt. Any attempts at the exam after these three, there is a mandatory one-year waiting period from the first time you took the exam.
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