The exam blueprints provide classification for the questions on each examination.
Each question has one of 9 primary classifications (Basic Science, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Oncology-other, and Pulmonary) and it may have up to 3 secondary classifications. The secondary classifications include all 9 of the primary classifications and 7 additional categories (CT, Infectious/inflammatory, Molecular-imaging, Patient-safety, Pediatrics, Regulatory, and Therapy). The exam Blueprint shows the primary classifications in row 3. Row 4 and 5 are the number of questions on the exam and the percent of the exam respectively. The secondary classifications are shown in column A. Columns L and M show the number of questions on the exam and the percent of the exam respectively. Columns B through J show the relation between the primary and secondary classifications.
Oncology questions related to an organ system have the organ system as a primary classification, and Oncology as a secondary classification. Oncology questions not included in another primary classification have a Oncology as a primary classification.