KSAP: Frequently Asked Questions

What is KSAP?

KSAP is a self-assessment program that reviews the essentials of nephrology for fellows preparing for initial certification, practicing nephrologists preparing for recertification, and practitioners hoping to renew and refresh their clinical knowledge, diagnostic, and therapeutic skills. This case-based question and answer study tool is based on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Examination Blueprint.

ABIM Blueprint Pathway

Medical Contents Category % of Exam
Sodium / Water8%
Acid-Base / Potassium10%
Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Stones4%
Chronic Kidney Disease/ESRD20%
Hypertension10%
Tubular, Interstitial and Cystic Disorders4%
Glomerular / Vascular Disorders12%
Kidney Transplantation10%
Pharmacology8%
Acute Kidney Injury / ICU Nephrology14%
Total100%


What is the purpose of KSAP?

The purpose of KSAP is to help participants prepare for the Nephrology Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Examinations.

Is CME credit offered?

15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are awarded.

Are Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points offered?

25 MOC points are awarded.

Respondents must meet the following criteria:

  • Be certified by ABIM in internal medicine and/or nephrology and enrolled in the ABIM–MOC program
  • Enroll in the ABIM MOC program via the ABIM website (www.abim.org).
  • Enter your (ABIM) Candidate Number and Date of Birth prior to completing the examination.
  • Take the self-assessment examination within the timeframe specified in this issue of KSAP.

MOC points will be applied to only those ABIM candidates who have enrolled in the MOC program. It is your responsibility to complete the ABIM MOC enrollment process.

How long do I have to complete the examination and claim CME credit and MOC points?

  • Termination date for KSAP V1, M1 is February 28, 2018
  • Termination date for KSAP V1, M2 is September 30, 2018
  • Termination date for KSAP V2, M1 is June 25, 2019
  • Termination date for KSAP V2, M2 is September 30, 2019

How do I participate?

Complete the KSAP online self-assessment examination.

Each participant is allowed two attempts to answer each question to pass the examination with a passing score of 76% or greater for CME credits and MOC points. Answers and explanations are provided with a passing score or after the second attempt.

How do I print or download a copy of the KSAP questions and answers file?

Answers and explanations can be viewed in the CME Center with a passing score or after the second attempt for the entire time that the activity is active (3 years). To maintain the integrity of the exam, the answers and explanations are available online ONLY.

How many questions are in each module?

There are 75 questions in each module.

Are the modules different?

Each module is designed to include content from each of the ten ABIM nephrology blueprint categories and target the same content distribution as the exam. Questions in each module are unique and address different competencies within the blueprint categories to explore the breadth of material that may be encountered on the secure exam.

When will the next KSAP Modules be available?

  • Volume 3, Module 1 will be available late summer in 2017
  • Volume 3, Module 2 will be available late fall in 2017

What's the difference between KSAP and NSAP?

Each bimonthly issue of NephSAP is dedicated to a specific theme, i.e., to a specific area of clinical nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, and transplantation, and consists of an editorial, a syllabus, and self-assessment questions, to serve as a self-study device. Over the course of 24 months, all clinically relevant and key elements of nephrology are reviewed and updated.

KSAP is composed of clinically oriented questions based on case vignettes. Unlike NephSAP, KSAP does not have a syllabus. Each question includes a detailed response that outlines both the approach to the clinical scenario at hand and the best answer. References are provided from either recent well-done reviews from major and easily accessible journals or the classic original reference.

What's the difference between KSAP and BRCU practice examination?

BRCU exam is an in depth review of the basic core of the practice of nephrology led by experts (faculty) in each component of the ABIM nephrology examination blueprint.

KSAP is also based on the ABIM nephrology examination blueprint but is a self-paced activity that uses case vignettes to allow learners to review the basic core of the practice of nephrology.

What is the cost of each module?

  • Fellow-in-Training Member: $50
  • Member: $75
  • Non-member: $200

For questions, contact the Education Team at education@asn-online.org.