Coming up on your Internal Medicine In-Training Exam? You got this! Here are some quick facts about ITEs so you can feel confident on exam day.
The ITE is a comprehensive exam used as a tool to help you and your residency program assess your progress through residency. It also helps identify knowledge gaps before you take your Board exam. It’s typically required for all residents.
You'll be in for a long day! The total testing time of the exam is nine hours.
You sure do! Seven of the hours are for test taking, and then there are 10-minute breaks and a lunch break over the nine hour time span.
The In-Training Examination is a 300-question exam. You can't fail the exam! Only questions answered correctly are counted toward the score.
Percentage weight of each topics for ITEs
There sure is! You can take the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination Practice Test a couple weeks before the real thing to get a good feel for how it will go.
You can find your results online about 4–6 weeks after the exam window.
Your program will receive a report showing the percentage of questions you answered correctly and a ranked list of all the examinees.
Your results are a guide for you so that you'll know what to focus on during your studies for residency and boards!
If you're in your first or second year of residency, think of your ITE score as setting a baseline for your knowledge. Use your score and report to focus on the topics you didn't know as well for next year's ITE.
And if you’re a PGY3, you’re already well-prepared to take the ITE! Your score will help you fine-tune the learning objectives you need to brush up on before boards.
Remember! Preparing for the "real deal" (A.K.A- ABIM Boards) is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself! Keep up with your daily studies—try your absolute best not to cram. Make time for yourself to do things you enjoy, too. Dedicating a little time to those things each day will keep you feeling refreshed and motivated, helping you stay on track with your goals long-term!
Want even more info? Check out our other IM ITE related blogs:Your 5-Minute Guide to Taking The Internal Medicine ITE