We are excited to inform you that the AUA Office of Education and the ABU/AUA Examination Committee have moved to computerized testing for the ISE and Oncology Knowledge Assessment Test (OKAT). This is a needed change that will improve the quality of our exam and the examinee's experience. The date will remain the same as the previous years, which is the third Saturday of November (November 16, 2013).
Registration information for the 2013 ISE will be sent to you in late June. In past years, residency programs located in cities with multiple programs rotated hosting the exam. It is important to note that beginning in 2013, all training programs will administer the exam for their training program only.
You will need to determine the venue for the exam (i.e., local testing center, department/division computers, or personal laptops). We recommend that you contact your Department of Surgery as they currently administer their American Board of Surgery Resident exam at campus testing centers. You may be able to duplicate what they are doing and use the same testing facility. This could save you some time when determining how you plan to administer the exam. One advantage of using ITS for our exam is that it allows for testing on personal laptop computers if you don’t have a testing center or enough desktops. It will be necessary to perform a system check on each computer used and download a secure browser 7 to 10 days before the examination regardless of the venue selected.
As in previous years some programs may be hosting individuals taking the Oncology Knowledge Assessment Test (OKAT). OKAT participants are responsible for contacting their program site for testing arrangements including start time, location, and method of testing (i.e., if they need to bring a laptop). Your program will be responsible for making accommodations for these individuals. Programs with an accredited fellowship program should contact their residency program director regarding testing arrangements.
We will need for you to inform us about the testing option that you have selected via the AUA Registration website as well as when you plan to administer the exam (as a guideline, it should be started after 7 a.m. and completed by midnight of your time zone).
To ensure the integrity of the examination, we continue to require two full-time faculty proctors from your program be present. This is important in the event of an emergency situation where one proctor is unable to assist.
For questions or concerns please contact, Jessica Gourlay, Education Associate, at jgourlay@AUAnet.org.