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Pedorthist Exam Prep

 

​​ABC has numerous resources available for you as you prepare to sit for your ABC pedorthist certification exam. These include the Practice Analysis, sample exam questions and the information outlined below, all created exclusively for your use.
As you prepare for your exam, we encourage you to review the following:

 Practice Analysis

​A Practice Analysis, or role delineation, is a study of the profession that provides a foundation for the exam content. The Practice Analysis, which gives you an in-depth look at the profession, is used by the exam development committee to create ABC’s comprehensive, contemporary and relevant exam.​

 Test Content Outline

One helpful study resource is the Pedorthist Test Content Outline. The outline is broken down by domain; each domain section indicates the percentage of emphasis the elements of practice in that domain receives on the exams. For each Practice Domain listed on the Test Content Outline, you should plan on familiarizing yourself with clinical, technical or general practice information related to that domain. 

You may want to do a self-assessment of the practice areas that are represented by the percentage of time reported by certified professionals, checking the topics that you know you need to review, including any practice areas that you have not seen often in your practice.

 Exam References and Recommended Reading List

Another source of information to help you prepare is the exam reference and recommended reading list. This list is used by the exam writers to validate the correct answers to the exam questions. You may also want to refer to published journal articles, reference lists and the textbooks from your educational program.

Some candidates find it helpful to review basic test taking principals while preparing for the exams. Numerous references for exam preparation, reducing exam anxiety and study tips are available from a wide array of publishers and are commonly available in bookstores and online.

 The Exam

The ABC pedorthist certification exam is a three-hour, multiple-choice exam that measures the candidate’s basic principles of pedorthic patient management and understanding of professional practice issues. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes anatomy, biomechanics, principles of gait, common foot pathologies, materials, prescription criteria, pedorthic techniques and practice management. Also included are general practice questions that you should be familiar with based on the practical experience you gained from your clinical experience. 
The written exam contains 165 questions.

>>Sample Written Exam Questions
Included in the Pedorthist Candidate Guide are sample questions for the pedorthist exam. 

Here are two examples of sample written exam questions:

1. A patient has pain and callousing of the second metatarsal head. The physician         has prescribed a metatarsal pad. Where should the pad be placed?

a. Under the metatarsal head
b. Between the second and third metatarsal heads
c. Proximal to the second metatarsal head
d. Distal to the second metatarsal head

2. The range of motion at the ankle joint necessary to complete a normal gait is:

a. 5° dorsiflexion 10° plantar flexion
b. 8-10° dorsiflexion 20° plantar flexion
c. 20° dorsiflexion 20° plantar flexion
d. 20° dorsiflexion 50° plantar flexion

 Exam Review Courses

​You might consider taking an exam review course, or purchasing exam preparation materials that are available from multiple sources. ABC neither sponsors nor endorses review/preparatory courses or any exam preparation materials. Your review may include pedorthic specific material, or might be in the general area of test taking techniques.​

 Study Groups

​​You might consider taking an exam review course, or purchasing exam preparation materials that are available from multiple sources. ABC neither sponsors nor endorses review/preparatory courses or any exam preparation materials. Your review may include pedorthic specific material, or might be in the general area of test taking techniques.​

 Patient Care Experience

​One of the most important parts of your preparation for the ABC pedorthist certification exam is completion of your patient care experience hours. The competency assessments that are a part of the pedorthist self-a​ssessment checklist​ are a good gauge of your knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. This is critical to your learning and progression from student to independent care provider.​

 ABC Certified Colleagues

​Talk with ABC certified colleagues to find out what resources they suggest to help you prepare for your exam and what study advice they might offer. While they are not allowed to share exam content with you, they can help with focusing your studying activities to the most critical areas.​

 Exam Results

​If you are retaking your exam, review your Notice of Test Results and identify the domain areas where you have the most opportunity to improve. Review the Understanding your Exam Results to help you focus your studies accordingly.