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ALTHOUGH a multiple choice qualifying test has been given by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1952, candidates for the written test have had no official orientation to the type of questions which they will encounter. Those presenting themselves in the past have therefore fallen into the following two groups: those with no knowledge of the form of the test and those who have had access to pooled questions "smuggled" out of the examination by those who have taken the test in previous years. Since this circumstance has tended to favor applicants from larger institutions (a factor which cannot be entirely eliminated), the Board's decision to publish an introductory brochure with sample questions is commendable.
The brochure, entitled "The Written Qualifying Test" and copyrighted by the Board, contains a two-page introduction stating the purposes of the test, the subject material covered in the test, the manner of scoring, and the