EpiFITE Examination

The EpiFITE testing cycle has ended for 2022. Details for the 2023 examination will be made available later this year.

The Epilepsy Fellowship In-service Training Examination (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 other programs nationwide.

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%


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What is the EpiFITE Examination?
The American Epilepsy Society offers an in-service training examination called EpiFITE. 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 should my program register for EpiFITE?
Currently, EpiFITE is the only epilepsy-specific examination.  This exam will help epilepsy fellowship programs:

  • Assess trainee knowledge of epilepsy treatment
  • Identify areas for growth
  • Serve as a prediction for other examinations such as the ABPN Epilepsy Subspecialty Certification
  • Benchmark performance to peers nationally
What does the examination cover?
Exam content will follow the ABPN Subspecialty Certification in Epilepsy Medicine Content Blueprint and also be informed by the ACGME Epilepsy Milestones
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What feedback will fellows receive?
Upon completion of the exam, fellows may download their own electronic report. This report includes the discussion and references for any incorrect questions they selected.

What feedback do programs receive?
The Program Contact will receive an email from AES with instructions on how to access the electronic downloadable diagnostic report for their fellows from the exam system April 4, 2022. 

Can anyone access the diagnostic report?
The program contact will have access to the reports. If the program director’s name and email were included on the registration form, then they will be able to log in and access the report. Otherwise, only the program contact will be able to download the report.

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. More information can be found in the EpiFITE FAQs.


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