Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Continuous Assessment Program (CAP)
CAP Definition & Purpose
What is CAP?
Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Pilot is an online assessment program for physicians. CAP emphasizes continuous learning, allowing diplomates to determine when and where they would like to answer questions. Instead of a single exam day that requires months of preparation, you may test as you go, on the go. It is designed as an alternative to the current MOC Part III proctored exam currently required every 10 years.
CAP Eligibility Information
Who is eligible?
• If you have a valid time-limited certificate, currently enrolled in MOC, you are eligible to participate.
• If you have a valid time-unlimited certificate, currently enrolled in MOC, you are eligible to participate.
• If you have a valid time-unlimited certificate, NOT enrolled in MOC, but would like to participate CAP, you are eligible to participate and your time unlimited certificate will not be at risk by participating in CAP. However, once enrolled in the MOC program, you must adhere to all MOC requirements.
CAP Participation Requirements
What if I prefer to take a proctored exam at a secure testing center instead of enrolling in the CAP?
• Taking a proctored MOC secure exam is not an option.
How do I know if I pass?
Your score will be updated in real-time to help you track your progress throughout the year. Your final pass/fail determination will be based on your final score at the end of the 5 year cycle. This information will be available in the CAP section of your portal page.
CAP Program Rules, Question Delivery & Requirements
How many questions do I have to answer?
You will receive 40 questions per 6 month block; 30 questions from articles, 10 questions from core or general knowledge, for a total of 80 questions annually. Any question not answered will be scored as incorrect.
Use of Resources/Books
Am I allowed to use resources when answering CAP questions?
• Resources (e.g., books, internet) may be used, as long as the question is answered during the allocated time of 10 minutes, without seeking assistance from other individuals.
• You will be asked to review and sign the CAP Participant Agreement, which explicitly states what resources can and cannot be used.
What ADA accommodations will CAP offer?
• CAP will offer extended time as an accommodation for those who qualify. Diplomates may visit the ABAI website to request an accommodation.
• The CAP platform does not prohibit or block the use of third-party applications such as text zoom or text-to-voice.
Continuous Assessment Program Pilot Guidelines
How many article-based questions must I answer?
Diplomates must select ten articles and answer three questions from each article.
CAP due dates and times
When does CAP start and end?
CAP is designed to be a continuous program. The first six month block starts on February 15th through July 15th and
The second six month block starts on August 15th through January 15th.
CAP Progress Meter
What is the progress meter?
The progress meter gives an overall snapshot of the advancement of the CAP 5 year cycle. It will be accessible to diplomates enrolled in CAP and is made up of the four parts.