EpiFITE Examination

The registration window for the 2021 EpiFITE examination has closed.

EpiFITE is an epilepsy-specific examination that will enable program directors and fellows to determine if there are specific areas where more study and experience are needed.

Why take the EpiFITE exam? EpiFITE assesses trainee knowledge of epilepsy treatment, identifies areas for growth, serves as practice for (and a mechanism to predict success on) other examinations (such as the ABPN Epilepsy Certification Exam), and provides benchmarking against peers across the United States.

Exam Content and Length


Exam Topic Breakdown

  • Seizure Classification: 10%
    • Seizure semiology, epilepsy syndromes
  • EEG: 20%
    • Routine and ambulatory, long-term monitoring (EMU and ICY), intracranial
  • Evaluation: 20%
    • Epilepsy history and exam, genetics, chemical/metabolic/CSF testing, imaging, neuropsychological testing
  • Management: 35%
    • Overall principles, AEDs, ketogenic diet, brain stimulation and other treatments, surgical treatment, status epilepticus, comorbidities, and psychosocial issues
  • Mechanisms of the Epilepsies: 10%
    • Pathology and pathophysiology
  • Systems-based Practice Issues: 5%


Exam Development Process

Exam questions are developed by an expert faculty comprised of epilepsy professionals trained to develop coursework and examinations that challenge the knowledge, competence, and performance of epilepsy trainees.

Questions undergo a comprehensive review by a test development specialist to ensure the content is clearly written, educationally significant, and inclusive of necessary and relevant topics.


Exam Administration

EpiFITE is an online examination. Program directors or program coordinators proctor the exam to fellows at their home institutions during the designated testing window.


Scoring and Reporting

Following the completion of the exam, participants will receive a report via email that contains discussion and references for any questions answered incorrectly. 

Participants will be able to download a diagnostic report that includes comparisons to other programs.


Questions? Please contact education@aesnet.org.