OKAPS / WQE

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OKAPs 


The Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) is a 260-item multiple choice exam administered to Ophthalmology residents in each year of training in the United States and Canada.  The test-taker receives percentile scores so that (s)he can measure her/his performance relative to peers at a similar level of training.  Some key facts about the OKAPs:


  • 260 multiple choice questions (each with 4 answer choices).

  • Covers the 13 topics covered in the BCSC clinical education books:

    • General Medicine
    • Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology
    • Clinical Optics
    • Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
    • Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery
    • External Disease and Cornea
    • Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation
    • Glaucoma
    • Lens and Cataract
    • Retina and Vitreous
    • Refractive Surgery

  • Duration of test:  4 hours and 40 minutes (includes a 10 minute break).
  • After 2 hours and 15 minutes have elapsed (or answering 130 items), the optional 10-minute break can be taken.
  • Location:  Virtual (i.e. you will need your own computer or laptop with a front-facing camera and microphone)
  • Exam date:  mid/late March
  • More information about the exam requirements can be found at the AAO's website.

The OKAPs serve several key functions:

  1. They are used to prepare candidates to successfully pass the American Board of Ophthalmology's written qualifying exam (see below).
  2. They help residency Program Directors (and other attendings) understand in what areas their program is doing well or poorly.
  3. Many fellowship programs ask for OKAP scores during their application process.  Even though the OKAPs were originally intended only for the resident's self-reflection, its scores are commonly used to judge fellowship applicants.

WQE 

The Written Qualifying Exam (WQE) is the first exam that is needed to become board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (the other exam being the Oral Board exam).  It is typically taken within the first year of finishing residency -- something we highly recommend while the knowledge and minutiae are still fresh in your mind.  The format of the WQE is very similar to the OKAPs.  Some key facts:

  • 250 multiple choice questions (each with 4 answer choices).

  • It is expensive ($1950 fee in 2021)!

  • The questions are more clinically-oriented.  As such, these are the 9 topics covered:

    • Lens and Cataract
    • Cornea, External Disease, and Anterior Segment
    • Glaucoma
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology
    • Oculofacial Plastic, Lacrimal, and Orbital Surgery
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
    • Optics and Refractive Management
    • Retina, Vitreous, and Intraocular Tumors
    • Uveitis

  • As you can see, the WQE does not include "General Medicine" and "Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology."  Thus, you do not have to remember the management of congestive heart failure anymore!

  • The WQE is not graded on a curve.  Thus, every examinee could pass the exam as long as they answer a minimum number of questions correctly.

  • There are no percentile ranks given out.

How OphthoQuestions helps you succeed on the OKAPs or WQE

The questions contained in this package of OphthoQuestions were specifically written so that you can succeed on your OKAPs and WQE.  We actually started this website in 2011 because there were no quality question banks out there from which to study!  Our questions are specifically written to simulate the OKAPs and WQE and much of its content is seen repeatedly on the actual exams.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up to OphthoQuestions and dominate your OKAPs and WQE!


Pricing Packages

6 months

$299.99

12 months

$329.99