5.13 Test Item and Security


Board, staff and volunteers who participate in test development must sign a Non-disclosure Agreement to ensure the integrity of the Board Certification Exam. The document makes clear that specific details about the exam should be kept confidential.


  1. All persons who participate in test development are prohibited from copying test materials or keeping documents used during item writing/item review workshops.
  2. Materials utilized during item writing/item reviewing workshops are safeguarded by the Item Writing and Item Review Committees and may only leave the room under committee members’ supervision and authority.
  3. Participants must wait two years after participating in an item writing or item review workshop before taking a Board Certification exam.
  4. ABO staff will maintain all Non-disclosure Agreements in the ABO office.