The examination is based upon seven major content areas. Each of the content areas is briefly described and followed by an outline of the topics included in the area in the NAECB candidate handbook. In addition, the number of test items devoted to each major content area is noted. The examination is composed of 175 items. (150 scored items, 25 pre-test items).
There are two kinds of eligibility. A candidate must fulfill ONE of the requirements.
Each test item on the examination is categorized by a cognitive level that a candidate would likely use to respond. These categories are
Recall: The ability to recall or recognize specific information is required.
Application: The ability to comprehend, relate or apply knowledge to new or changing situations is required.
Analysis: The ability to analyze and synthesize information, determine solutions and/or to evaluate the usefulness of a solution is required.
The NAECB Exam consists of 175 multiple-choice questions, 150 of which are scored and 25 that are not scored, that are split into the following four sections:
• The Asthma Condition (Approximately 30 questions)
• Patient and Family Assessment (Approximately 39 questions)
• Asthma Management (Approximately 65 questions)
• Organizational Issues (Approximately 16 questions)