Examination Statistics

Diplomate Data

Year Certified Spring Certified Fall Certified Total Recertified (through MOC)
2016 222 220 442 885
2015 226 225 451 788
2014 255 233 488 652
2013 229 270 499 863

Certification Exams

Written Qualifying Examination (WQE)

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers
Passed
Repeat Takers Repeat Takers
Passed
Overall Passed Overall Failed
2016 665 501 437 (87.23%) 164 58 (35.37%) 495 (74.44%) 170 (25.56%)
2015 632 460 416
(90.43%) 
172  64
(37.21%) 

480
(75.95%)

152
(24.05%) 
2014 660 511 440
(86.11%) 
149 42
(28.19%) 

482
(73.03%) 

178
(26.97%) 
2013 668 490 442
(90.2%) 
178 75
(42.1%) 
517
(77.40%) 
151
(22.60%) 
2012 661 483 410
(84.9%)
178 71
(39.9%)
481
(72.77%)
180
(27.23%)
2011 633 464 394
(84.9%)
169 60
(35.5%)
454
(71.72%)
179
(28.28%)
2010 628 479 399
(83.3%)
113 36
(31.86%)
435
(69.27%)
193
(30.73%)
2009 619 441 389
(88.21%)
178 70
(39.33%)
459
(74.15%)
160
(25.85%)

Oral Examination

To date, the ABO has administered 229 Oral examinations and has certified 29,891 ophthalmologists.

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers
Passed
Repeat Takers Repeat Takers
Passed
Overall Passed Overall Failed
F2016 290 206 160 (77.67%) 84 60 (71.43%) 220 (75.86%) 70 (24.14%)
S2016 312 262 190
(72.52%) 
50 32
(64%) 
222
(71.15%) 
90
(28.85%) 
F2015 277 223 183
(82.06%) 
54 42
(77.78%) 
225
(81.23%) 
52
(18.77%) 
S2015 280 232 189
(81.47%) 
48 37
(77.08%) 
226
(80.71%) 
54
(19.29%) 
F2014 280 240 199
(82.92%) 
40 34
(85%) 
233
(83.21%) 
47
(16.79%) 
S2014 305 247 207
(83.81%) 
58 48
(82.76%) 
255
(83.61%) 
50
(16.39%) 
F2013 328 271 222
(81.92%) 
57 48
(84.21%) 
270
(82.32%) 
58
(17.68%) 
S2013 288 253 205
(81.03%) 
35 24
(68.57%) 
229
(79.51%) 
59
(20.49%) 
F2012 278 219 190
(86.76%)
59 49
(83%)
239
(85.97%)
39
(14.03%)
S2012 284 234 186
(79.48%)
50 37
(74%)
223
(78.52%)
61
(21.48%)
F2011 269 225 186
(82.67%)
44 30
(68.18%)
216
(80.3%)
53
(19.7%)
S2011 279 224 190
(84.82%)
55 42
(76.36%)
232
(83.15%)
47
(16.85%
F2010 282 215 171
(79.53%)
67 54
(80.6%)
225
(79.79%)
57
(20.21%)
S2010 283 227 178
(78.41%)
56 38
(67.86%)
216
(76.33%)
67
(23.67%)
F2009 266 231 185
(80.09%)
35 27
(77.14%)
212
(79.7%)
54
(20.3%)
S2009 257 209 176
(84.21%)
48 40
(83.33%)
216
(84.05%)
41
(15.95%)
F2008 253 216 179
(82.87%)
37 27
(72.97%)
206
(81.42%)
47
(18.58%)
S2008 266 223 185
(82.96%)
43 30
(69.77%)
215
(80.83%)
51
(19.17%)

Maintenance of Certification

Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) Examination

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers Passed Repeat Takers Repeat Takers Passed Overall Passed Overall Failed
2016 814 776 746
(96.13%) 
38
 
34
 (89.47%)
780
(95.82%) 
34
(4.18%) 
2015 1,089 1,067 1,033
(96.81%) 
22 14
(63.64%) 
1,047
(96.14%) 
42
(3.86%) 
2014 976 967 945
(97.72%)
9 6
(66.67%) 
951
(97.44%) 
25
 (2.56%)
2013 860 852 844
(99.06%) 
8 6
(75%) 
850
(98.784%) 
10
(1.16%) 
2012 957 935 926
(99.04%) 
22 21
(95.45%) 
947 (98.96%) 10 (1.04%)
2011 792 772 752
(97.41%) 
20 16
(80.00%) 
768 (96.67%) 24 (3.03%)
2010 599 597 577
(96.65%) 
2 1
(50.00%) 
578 (96.49%) 21 (3.51%)
2009 370 366 362
(98.91%) 
4 3
(75.00%) 
365 (98.65%) 5 (1.35%)
2008 380 379 376
(99.21%) 
1 0 376 (98.98%) 4 (1.05%)
2007 338 337 335
(99.41%) 
1 0

335 (99.11%) 3 (0.89%)
2006 330 330 329
(99.70%) 
n/a n/a 329 (99.70%) 1 (0.30%)