In-Service Examination
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2020 ACPM In-Service Examination Information 

August 1 - 31, 2020


Deadline: Friday, July 17, 2020 

  • The price for the exam is $150 per resident 
  • The exam will be administered via the internet 
  • The examination period is August 1-31, 2020
  • Programs may determine exam logistics, and may administer during different times/days 
    • If scheduling during different times/days, scheduling in the same week is preferred 
  • Programs must agree to provide a proctor 
  • Results will not be returned until payment is received
  • Exam access information, including URL and resident-specific login, will be emailed to contact person shortly before the examination period


Virtual Proctoring for In-Service Exam 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing response, we have received questions about virtual proctoring of the in-service exam. Since this is an internal exam that is used for assessment of the residents’ competencies, we wanted to make sure that the process was simple and similar to last year. Below are guidelines for the administration of the in-service exam.

  1. Once the program directors pick a day between August 1 – 31, ACPM staff will send instructions to access the exam through our learning management system.
  2. Programs that choose to proctor virtually, may do so by using any of your virtual platforms such as Zoom, Gotomeeting etc.  
  3. Programs that have the capacity and permission to offer the exam in-person may continue to proctor the residents the same way as they did last year.

About In-Service Examination 

The ACPM In-Service Examination is administered annually every August. This exam enables program directors and residents to determine if there are specific areas where more study and experience are needed. It can also be a tool for programs to evaluate the training they provide compared to that provided at other programs. This voluntary exam also allows residents to compare themselves with others at the same level nationally.

The exam’s 110 questions are written in a "one best response" format, and residents are given 2 1/4 hours to complete the exam.

Though not intended to be an examination preparation tool, the In-service Exam can be a gauge of how well residents are being trained and prepared for the content of the Board examination. It is designed for residents in all specialty areas of Preventive Medicine. The material covered in the exam relates to the core (morning) portion of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification exam.

For additional information, contact Anita Balan (

455 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 466-2044