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The 2018 In-training Examination (ITE) will be an online exam. This year, each residency program has the option of holding the exam during a single day, or over up to five days, beginning on February 27. As a result of the expanded testing window, the rules about discussing exam questions has been slightly revised, so that conversations about test questions cannot take place until after the entire five-day testing window is over, no matter whether an individual program administers the test over one day or five days.

Many residents have already experienced the online testing format, but for those who have not, a few highlights:

  • The test can be taken using either Windows or Mac operating systems, as well as with iPads. Some programs administer the test in computer labs, while others have residents use their own equipment.
  • In the two weeks prior to the first day of the exam window (February 27), programs and residents will use a portal to run final systems checks. If you or your program experience any difficulties, technical support and trouble-shooting will be available to assist you.
  • In the interest of security, the ability to access the Internet or files on electronic devices will be disabled.
  • At the end of the exam, you will have the opportunity to respond to a survey about your testing experience. Your input is valued, so we encourage you to respond. Based on resident feedback to last year’s exam, development staff and exam editors made a concerted effort to optimize and enlarge the size of the question stimuli that appeared on the online ITE.

Your program director will have information about how your program plans to administer the exam. Good luck!