Written Exam

Radiation Oncology Written Exam Information

The Written Examination consists of three parts:  Part I – Radiobiology, Part II – Physics and Part III – Clinical.

Applicants for certification in radiation oncology will be examined in the following areas:

Part I – Radiobiology 70 questions 1 1/2 hours
Part II – Physics 70 questions 1 1/2 hours
Part III – Clinical 110 questions 3 hours

Format

The three part written examination is scheduled at a time and location designated by the Board. The examination is given in one session. Part I and Part II are offered in the morning and Part III is offered in the afternoon. The format of the examination will include both multiple choice and true and false questions. The written examination is revised each year in all categories. The content of the examinations is carefully evaluated in order to keep current with new information and developments. Applicants are not permitted to review past examinations or questions. The examination is the sole property of the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology and may not be reproduced.

Reexamination

A candidate must pass all three examinations (Radiobiology, Physics and Clinical) of the written examinations for admission to the oral examinations. A candidate will have three consecutive opportunities to appear for and pass or condition the written examinations. The candidate’s first scheduled examination will represent his/her first opportunity. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled examination will be regarded as one of the three opportunities.

A candidate who fails an examination may be reexamined the following year.

Failures:
A candidate failing two or three examinations of the written examinations at any examination sitting must repeat the entire examination at the next consecutive examination. If after three opportunities a candidate fails to pass at least two of the examinations at a single sitting, he/she must submit a new application, fee and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat all three sections of the written examinations. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled examination will be regarded as one of the three opportunities.

Conditions:
A candidate is identified as conditioning if he/she passes two of the three examinations at a single sitting. A candidate conditioning has three additional consecutive opportunities to pass the failed examination. If after three opportunities the candidate fails to pass the examination, he/she must submit a new application, fee and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat all three written examinations. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled examination will be regarded as one of the three opportunities.

Cancellation

Cancellation is defined as canceling one of the three consecutive examination opportunities. Failure to appear for a scheduled examination willl be regarded as a cancellation. A cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellation received up to 20 days prior to the first day of the written examination. This fee represents administrative costs to the Board. Cancellation less than 20 days prior to the first day of the written examination will result in forfeiture of the entire examination fee.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal is defined as withdrawing from the examination process. A new application, fee, and appropriate documentation must be filed for future examination. In the event of withdrawal of an application, the application fee is non-refundable and the balance of the examination fee will be refunded.