BASIC Exam (not required for certification)

The BASIC Exam assesses fundamental skills expected of first-year dermatology residents. Residents do not have to sit for nor pass the BASIC Exam. It is informational only and is not required for certification. First-year candidates receive an exam total percent correct score, percent correct score per each content area, and a percentile rank among their peers. The 4-hour BASIC Exam consists of approximately 200 multiple-choice items and is administered at the residency training programs.


For additional information about the BASIC Exam, please refer to the Certification Pathway Information Center and the BASIC Exam section of the Resident & Fellow FAQs.