DOCK Examination

DOCK Examination Overview

The Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) Examination tests clinically relevant fundamental knowledge in ophthalmology as well as self-selected practice-related knowledge. The exam is based on the MOC Content Outline, a curriculum of clinically relevant ophthalmic knowledge developed by hundreds of practicing ophthalmologists.

The deadline to complete the DOCK Examination has been extended to December 31, 2018. After this date, all diplomates will transition to the Quarterly Questions program and the DOCK will no longer be offered.


  • The DOCK is a secure, proctored, 150-item computer-based exam that takes approximately four hours to complete. The exam consists of one 50-item module on Core Ophthalmic Knowledge and two 50-item modules chosen by you from a list of practice emphasis areas. You are encouraged to select modules in the areas of clinical practice most relevant to you.
  • The content of the DOCK  is based on the MOC Content Outline, a curriculum of clinically relevant practice-related knowledge.
  • The DOCK is a pass-fail examination with results based on the total percent correct of all 150 questions. It is necessary to achieve an overall passing grade based on the combined grades of all three modules. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; therefore, you are encouraged to answer every question.
  • The DOCK examination employs a criterion-referenced passing standard, which means it is possible for all examinees to pass the examination. The ABO does not release the passing standard for the DOCK.
  • Optional PORTs are available to help you prepare for the exam. PORTs promote lifelong learning and are accredited for up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits TM per module through a joint providership agreement with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The ABO offers three PORTs to all diplomates free of charge.
  • Results are sent within 2-3 weeks of testing.

Module Selection

  • All examinations include a 50-question module in Core Ophthalmic Knowledge. If you successfully pass the 2017 version of the Quarterly Questions program, which covers the same core knowledge topics, the ABO will allow you to "skip" this DOCK module and substitute your Quarterly Questions participation, thereby shortening your DOCK Examination to only 100 questions in the subspecialty area of your choice.
  • You will also select two additional 50-question subspecialty modules (100 questions total) for inclusion on their examination. You may select two modules within the same subspecialty area or two different areas. However, there is currently only one module available for Refractive Management/Intervention and Uveitis.
      • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
      • Cataract/Anterior Segment
      • Cornea/External Disease
      • Glaucoma
      • Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbit
      • Oculoplastics and Orbit
      • Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
      • Retina/Vitreous
      • Refractive Management/Intervention
      • Uveitis 


To take the DOCK Examination from your home or office, simply sign up through your MOC Status Page to schedule a test appointment prior to December 31, 2018. A computer or tablet with a camera and sufficient internet is required to facilitate a secure testing environment. Please note that for the duration of your examination and all break times, you may not use pen and paper, access written materials, or operate phones, tablets, or other electronic devices. Doing so compromises the security of the examination and may invalidate your score. Unsure if your computer meets the technical requirements for the secure remote-proctored examination? Click here to test it out and watch the overview video produced by the ABO's remote proctoring provider, ProctorU.

Special Accommodations

The ABO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to mitigate the effects of an ADA-qualifying disability on the testing activity. To accommodate individuals with disabilities, the ABO will make reasonable modifications to its examinations that do not fundamentally alter the requirements of the examination or the measurement of the skills or knowledge the ABO examinations are intended to test. Click here to review the ABO's ADA policy and download the accommodation request form.