A national analysis of the practice of cardiovascular computed tomography was conducted in 2007 and again in 2013 in order to define the responsibilities, tasks and knowledge necessary for physicians to practice in the field of cardiovascular computed CT. Data from the studies were collected from a cross section of spcialists in the field. Analysis of the data, along with input from experts and guided by test development consultants, determined the specifications and content of the examination. This process ensures that the content of the CBCCT examination reflects accurately current practice in the field.
The certification examination is composed of 160 multiple-choice questions. Examinees will have four (4) hours to complete the examination. This time includes five (5) minutes specifically allotted for the completion of the NDA and exit survey.
The recertification examination is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Examinees will have two and one-half (2½) hours to complete the examination. This time includes five (5) minutes specifically allotted for the completion of the NDA and exit survey.
Some questions include interpretation of images. Each question contains four options or choices, only one of which is the correct or best answer.
The CBCCT retains consultants from a research and development firm that serves certification bodies by planning, developing, and administering assessment procedures and programs designed to measure professional competence.
The examination questions were developed by the Examination Committee, an expert panel of the CBCCT, under the guidance of the consultants. The examination question pool will be updated on a regular basis to reflect current knowledge. Individual questions are modified or deleted based on statistical analysis of the examination.