LLSA Test Requirements and Process
Only diplomates and former diplomates regaining certification by making up missed requirements may take LLSA tests. Former diplomates who are not in the process of regaining certification or are regaining certification by passing both the ConCert™ and oral certification examinations may not take LLSA tests.
LLSA Test Availability and Registration Process
A physician may register for an LLSA test any time the test is available. Once the physician has registered for the test, the registration remains in effect until the physician has passed the test, or five years have elapsed since registration, or the physician is a former diplomate no longer eligible to regain certification by making up missed requirements.
Diplomates and former diplomates regaining certification by making up missed requirements have three attempts to pass an LLSA test. If they fail the test three times, it is possible to re-register for the test, provided that it has not been retired.
LLSA tests will be retired on March 31, three years after being posted online. However, if a diplomate or former diplomate cannot meet requirements or cannot make up missed requirements without completing that specific LLSA test, it will be made available to them automatically.
LLSA CME Activity
Diplomates and former diplomates can earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for completing a CME activity related to the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015 LLSA test. Physicians must register and pay for the CME for the LLSA activity prior to taking the LLSA test. CME credit cannot be awarded retroactively. These credits can be applied toward your LLSA CME requirement.
Registration is a five-step process:
1. Determine which LLSA test you want to take
- Make sure the test you have selected will be available online when you plan to take it.
- If you have selected an LLSA test, determine if you wish to obtain CME credit for studying the LLSA articles.
2. Begin registration for the test
- Sign in to ABEM MOC Online, select “LLSA Activities” from the left side of the screen, and select “Register or Take LLSA Test."
- If you are planning to complete the CME activity associated with an LLSA test, click the “Register” button next to the CME for the LLSA test and follow the instructions.
- To begin registration for the LLSA test, click the “Register“ button next to the LLSA test you wish to take.
3. Update medical license information and affirm that your medical license(s) comply with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure.
4. Pay for the test. The payment step involves entering appropriate credit card information and obtaining immediate approval, or selecting the option of paying off-line. View the Policy on Fees for more information about LLSA test fees.
5. Review billing information to make sure it is correct.
Taking the Test
LLSA tests must be taken online through ABEM's ABEM MOC Online. Once registered, physicians may take the LLSA test up to three times under that registration. If needed, a physician may register for an LLSA test more than once as long as it is available to them. Physicians may take the LLSA test immediately upon registering for it, or may wait to take the test later. If a physician has registered for the CME associated with an LLSA test, registration for the CME activity must be completed before taking the LLSA test.
There is no need to complete an LLSA test in one sitting. It is open-book, and ABEM diplomates and former diplomates may prepare for it and take it in groups.
Once registered, a physician may take the LLSA test any time up to five years after registering for it.
Notification of Results
ABEM MOC Online will automatically score the LLSA test when the physician submits it for scoring. The score will be available online immediately. If the physician has not passed the test, information about the number of attempts remaining within the current registration will also appear. The physician may take the LLSA test again immediately or at a later date.
A physician who passes the LLSA test has the option of printing out a certificate of test completion or e-mailing the certificate to one or more e-mail addresses, such as employers.
If a physician registered for the CME activity associated with an LLSA test, a CME certificate of completion will be available after passing the LLSA test and completing the post-activity evaluation.