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Each general pediatrics examination adheres to a blueprint, also known as a content outline. The outline, which is developed by a committee of pediatricians and educators, defines the categories - and the percentage of questions assigned to each category - contained in each certification exam. The GP Content Outline was revised in 2016, and beginning September 1, 2017, all GP examinations administered will adhere to the revised content outline. To download the current content outline or the revised content outline, please click the appropriate link below.
Each content outline is developed and periodically reviewed by content experts based on analyses of practice (as determined by the content experts) and modified to reflect the breadth and relative importance of the clinical situations pediatricians encounter. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) test development staff uses the content outline to determine the number of new questions needed. If questions are needed in a specific area, test committee members write new ones based on their areas of expertise and interest. Exam committees accept questions from diplomates, which are also based on the diplomate's areas of expertise and interest.