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The relatively high quality of practice in ophthalmology today is due in part to the American Board of Ophthalmology, an ever-changing group of physicians, which for 46 years has held as its objective the elevation of standards in this specialty. Those ophthalmologists who have complied with Board requirements in years gone by may be interested in the fate of present candidates.
The last written qualifying test was held on Jan. 22, 1962, in 25 cities of the United States and in Lima, Peru, Manila, Philippine Islands, and Wiesbaden, Germany. Two hundred multiple-choice questions were used, and the cut-off point for a passing grade was established at 30.5%, evidence that the questions were difficult. Of the 247 candidates who took the test, 45 failed. This failure rate of 19% is approximately the same as it has been in recent years. Of the 45 candidates who failed, 23 had previously failed one
R. CW. American Board of Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(5):580. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030584002