The ACP Internal Medicine In-Training Examination® is a web-based self-assessment exam for residents to assess their progress.
The 2023 IM-ITE administration has ended.
Final Score Reports will be available to Program Directors and Coordinators on October 17, 2023.
The 2024 IM-ITE testing window dates will be August 15, 2024 – September 4, 2024, excluding Labor Day.
Additional information regarding the 2024 exam will be updated on this page starting spring 2024, prior to the registration period starting in May.
For more details about the IM-ITE, please read the important information below, including FAQs:
ACTION REQUIRED for Web-based Testing:
Changes to System Requirements Effective June 18, 2023
New to the IM-ITE? Learn about the registration process.
Important dates for the 2023 IM-ITE:
Registration: scheduled to begin early May 2023.
Test Administration Window: All programs are welcome to test one day or each day during the entire testing window*, Thursday, August 17, 2023 – Thursday, September 7, 2023 (excluding labor day: Monday, September 4, 2023).
*Although the registration process requires programs to identify a specific date or dates of testing, once registered, programs can schedule their residents to sit for the exam during any day of the test administration window, regardless of the date or dates identified during registration.
* Programs will have the option for in-person testing or remote proctoring and testing or a combination of both, using third-party software.
About the Exam
The IM-ITE® is developed by a committee of 11 expert physician-authors and is used by residents, program directors, and physicians alike. It is modeled after the American Board of Internal Medicine's certification exam. The exam is administered annually at each training site during a prescribed period. The 2023 exam will be administered from Thursday, August 17, 2023 – Thursday, September 7, 2023 (excluding labor day: Monday, September 4, 2023).
The exam is designed to:
- Give residents an opportunity for self-assessment
- Give program directors the opportunity to evaluate their programs
- Identify areas in which residents need extra assistance
The IM-ITE is an educational exercise. It should not be used in the following ways:
- For decisions concerning residency or fellowship training positions
- As a qualification to take the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification Examination
- By outside regulatory agencies for the purpose of assessing resident knowledge or the quality of training programs
- In letters of recommendation for residents
2023 Testing Window
The goal of the IM-ITE® is to gauge progress in training. For the most accurate assessment, you are advised not to study for this exam.
Before the Exam
- You are advised not to augment your study habits for the purposes of taking this exam.
- Special accommodations for those who need them can be made ahead of time. Be sure to alert your program director of any special needs as soon as possible.
- A few weeks prior to the testing window, you will be able to take the online practice exam to familiarize yourself with the online testing process.
- The total testing time will be 9 hours.
- There will be 7 hours devoted to the exam itself, plus several 10 minute breaks and a lunch hour.
- The exam will have roughly 300 questions.
- There is no penalty for guessing an answer, and the exam cannot be failed. Only questions answered correctly are counted toward your score.
- The exam will cover a number of subspecialties, including General Internal Medicine.
After the Exam
- Final score reports will be made available online to program directors roughly 4 to 6 weeks after the exam window.
- Programs will receive a report that shows the percent of questions correct for each examinee as well as each examinee's percentile rank.
- Report will also include a list of educational objectives of questions answered incorrectly.
For Program Directors and Chief Proctors
Effective July 2023
The following requirements are necessary to administer an NBME web-based examination
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Responsibilities of the Program Director
The program director is responsible for the following:
- Ensuring compliance with the program schedule and for coordinating examination administration;
- Completing registration in the MyNBME Services Portal and submitting the Program Registration Confirmation and payment;
- Securing a computer lab/testing room for examination administration;
- Securing appropriate number of proctors and workstations for examinees;
- Assuring system requirements on each examinee workstation;
- Arranging for IT staff at test sites to assist with any hardware/software problems before and during test administration; and
- Maintaining examination security.
Responsibilities of Chief Proctors - Before Test Day
Prior to test day
- Secure computer lab/testing room for exam administration if you are administering at your institution
- Designate a Chief Proctor computer workstation in the computer lab or testing room
- Arrange for IT staff at the test site to assist with any hardware/software problems before and during test administration
- Assure System Requirements are met on each examinee workstation and on Chief Proctor workstation
- Assure appropriate number of Assistant Proctors and workstations for the number of examinees testing each day
- Select Assistant Proctors for the test session (one for every 20-25 examinees)
- Assure standard testing room arrangements as outlined in Chief Proctor’s Manual or in a manner that best accommodates your testing room
- Review Chief Proctor’s Manual and Instructions for Remote Administration provided by NBME
- Ensure the Workstation Certification utility is run on each fixed workstation and institutional laptop
- Forward a link to the examinee version of the Workstation Certification utility to any candidates who will be testing on their personal laptops
- Practice monitoring a sample exam on the Chief Proctor Resource site using the username and password provided by NBME
Responsibilities of Chief Proctors - On Test Day
On Test Day
- Prepare examinee workstations – boot up each workstation in the testing room
- Log in to the Chief Proctor Resource site with username and password and enter test session information
- Admit examinees to the testing room; distribute Examinee Instruction Sheets, which includes examinee login information
- Provide examinees with Examinee Startup Code for launching the exam (this code is generated from the Chief Proctor’s workstation)
- Monitor the testing session on the Chief Proctor’s workstation and report any incidents on the Test Administration Report (contact NBME if support is needed)
- Ensure examinees return to the correct workstation after each break
- End the exam session and complete the Test Administration Report
Examination Feedback and Appropriate Use
Examination results are made available to program directors only via the MyNBME Services Portal for distribution to examinees approximately 5 weeks after the examination is administered; each examinee should receive from their program director a print-out of an individual performance report that contains a percent correct score for the total test and for each content area, a percentile rank for the total test and for each content area, and educational objectives for questions answered incorrectly. Additionally, each examinee should receive from their program director the full listing of educational objectives and a Performance Interpretation Guidelines document describing the individual performance report.
In the MyNBME Service Portal, each program director will have access to a graph showing the distribution of average examinees’ scores for training programs (based on PGY 2 examinees); additional graphs showing the distribution of examinees’ scores at each PGY level (PGY 1, 2, 3, and 4); a program performance report listing average percent correct scores and percentile ranks for all programs and for the program director’s program for the total test and for each content area at each PGY level; for every item, the percentage of examinees who answered correctly in all programs and in the program director’s program at each PGY level; the full listing of educational objectives; an electronic downloadable scores roster of the program director’s examinees; and a Performance Interpretation Guidelines document that includes norm data at each PGY level by program type.
In addition to the scores and data provided to programs as described above, preliminary percent correct total test scores (i.e., percentage of correctly answered questions for the entire examination, but not for the content area subscores) for every examinee within the program will be provided to the program director 5 business days from the last day of the examination administration window. Please note that preliminary percent correct total test scores are subject to change upon provision of official score reports due to quality control analysis.
Program directors are urged to develop a broad-based evaluation process both for the examinees and the program. Examination scores can be a useful element in this evaluation as a measure of cognitive knowledge. Other important factors that should be evaluated include attitudes, relationships with patients, problem-solving skills in a clinical setting, technical skills, teaching skills, and the ability to interact effectively with other members of the health care team.
Individual examinee results may be helpful in identifying areas of deficiency and for planning improvements. In addition, the program director might find it helpful to review results to identify potential areas of program weakness and strength.
ACP or NBME will not provide individual score reports directly to examinees.
The examination is neither a qualifying nor a certifying instrument. It should not be used for determining who should be promoted, who should be eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine certifying examination, or who may be qualified for post residency fellowship training. It is designed only as a self-assessment tool.
However, program directors are encouraged to include IM-ITE results in semiannual reviews of resident performance and reporting on attributes of the Medical Knowledge competency. As part of the Internal Medicine Milestone Project, this activity may contribute to a residency program’s participation in the Next Accreditation System (NAS) to determine the overall progress of residents. The release of any score, either at an individual or aggregate level, to any person or organization outside the residency program, is strictly prohibited.
Questions about Performance Feedback reports should be addressed to IM-ITE@acponline.org
The registration process begins each year in early May when programs that have previously participated in the IM-ITE receive an email providing access to the registration portal. Programs will be able to update their existing roster of residents with additions and deletions, along with updates to administrative contacts. Newly participating programs will be able to create their roster for the first time. Programs will also be asked to provide their chosen Chief Proctors' contact information.
If your Program hasn't participated in the IM-ITE before, contact us to receive a Program Information Form at IM-ITE@acponline.org before July 17, when regular registration closes. After July 17, all registrants will be charged an additional $30 fee.
Still Have Questions?
For general information about the IM-ITE, call 215-351-2553 or 215-351-2568.
You can also send us an email at IM-ITE@acponline.org.