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July 1968

Qualifying Tests

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;80(1):1-2. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.00980050003001

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THE THOUGHTFUL editorial in the May issue of the Archives (79:510-511 [May] 1968), reviewing the Brochure of the Written Qualifying Test of the American Board of Ophthalmology, calls for some comment to avoid possible misunderstanding, and, perhaps, a few speculations.

In states that candidates in training in the larger residency training programs in this country are in a favored position because they "have had access to pooled questions 'smuggled' out of the examination by those who have taken the test in prior years." The use of the word "smuggled" implies that copies of questions are being made at the time of the examination and carried out of the room. This is extremely unlikely. The smuggling almost certainly must be only in the form of memorizing questions for the Board goes to great pains to prevent this from happening. Further, any candidate caught in the act of transporting such material

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