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Written Qualifying Examination Format and Sample Questions

All questions in the Written Qualifying Examination are single one best answer questions. This is the traditional, most frequently used multiple-choice format. It consists of a statement or question followed by four options that are in alphabetical or logical order. The response options in this format are lettered (eg, A, B, C, D).

Examinees are required to select the best answer to the question. Other options may be partially correct, but there is only ONE BEST answer.

Strategies for Answering Single One Best Answer Test Questions

  • Read each question carefully. It is important to understand what is being asked.
  • Try to generate an answer and then look for it in the option list.
  • Alternatively, read each option carefully, eliminating those that are clearly incorrect.
  • Of the remaining options, select the one that is most correct.
  • If unsure about an answer, it is better to guess since unanswered questions are automatically counted as wrong. No points will be subtracted for incorrect responses.


Sample Question 1

Which of the following factors is most important when deciding to drain subretinal fluid during scleral buckling surgery?

a) Bullous retinal elevation in the inferior temporal quadrant
b) Macular detachment
c) A previous surgical failure
d) The retinal break can be approximated to a buckle


Sample Question 2
Three weeks ago, the parents of a 2 1/2-year-old girl noticed intermittent esotropia in the child's right eye. Examination reveals 20 prism diopters of esotropia at 6 1/3 m. Which of the following is the most appropriate initial therapy?

a) Alternate occlusion
b) Base-out, 10 PD Fresnel prisms on plano spectacles
c) Recession of the medical rectus muscles
d) Spectacles for correction of hyperopia

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