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How to Prepare for the SPEX Exam (Medical License Exam) for General Practitioners

Updated on February 28, 2012

The Federation of State Medical Boards produces the SPEX exam. It is designed for testing medical general practitioners who currently have or have had a medical license. Reasons for requiring the SPEX test include reinstatement and license endorsement.

It should be noted that doctors with more specialized practices may also be subject to the SPEX exam. For example, pediatricians and physicians with a practice in other specialties may have to take this test when moving from one state to another. It all depends on the rules of each state medical board.

A general education in medical school is clearly going to be the most valuable asset in doing well on the SPEX test. There is a wide range of subjects dealing with the general matters of various types, as opposed to a board certification exam that involves a great deal of specialized medical knowledge. As such, recent textbooks used in medical school would be a good place to start. This is also important for doctors who have had a medical license for a long time and are now faced with taking the SPEX exam. There will generally be updates in technology that will be addressed in the newer textbooks.

All physicians required to take this medical post-licensing exam should access the "SPEX Information Bulletin." Under "Examination Administration," test takers can find out the main categories tested on the exam. There are also several SPEX practice test questions. There is also a link to another separate SPEX practice test in the Resources below.

Keep in mind that multiple-choice questions on this medical licensing test may have more than one correct answer. You must pick the most appropriate answer. For example, if a question asks about symptoms of a particular disease, the answers may include more than one correct symptom. But you must pick the best answer of the bunch, which would mean the symptom most important to you as a medical clinician in diagnosing a particular disease.

The Federation of State Medical Boards does not have any official study guide for the SPEX test. It simply mentions using up-to-date textbooks and periodicals and other related medical literature.


Federation of State Medical Boards: SPEX Information Bulletin

FSMB: SPEX Practice Test


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