2016 Examination Schedule Information
The American Board of Physician Specialties uses computer-based testing administration for all written exams. Our exams are offered at a network of testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada and are given during month-long testing windows in May and October of each year. Registered candidates should be able to select the time, date, and testing location that is most convenient for their schedule, which may include evening or weekend hours at select centers. Registration paperwork will be mailed to approved candidates in February for the May examinations and in July for the October examinations.
Certification and Recertification Application and Examination Schedule:
|Specialty:||Due Date for Completion of Application File:||For CBT Examination In:|
Emergency Medicine (Recertification Only)
Family Medicine Obstetrics
|December 1, 2015||May 2016|
Emergency Medicine (Certification and Recertification)
|April 1, 2016||October 2016|
All applications must be complete when submitted, with the exception of the NPDB report. This report may be sent, unopened, after submission of your application. However, your application must be complete, including the NPDB report, at the time of board review. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be held until the next board review session, meaning you will not be eligible to sit for your exam until the next test administration window.
Oral Certification Examination
Candidates for initial certification must first successfully complete the written examination before they are permitted to take the oral/simulation examination. Oral examinations are not required for every specialty. Oral examinations for applicable specialties are offered once a year in Tampa, FL. Registration will be mailed to approved candidates approximately three months prior to the exam date.
Projected Oral Examination Dates:
Family Medicine Obstetrics
|October 8, 2016|
|Disaster Medicine||Spring 2016 (Dates TBD)|
|Emergency Medicine||April 9, 2016|
The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) provides alternate testing dates for candidates whose religious practices pose a conflict in taking an examination on the published date. Click here to see the complete policy for accommodations.
For current Written and Oral Exam fees, see table of Initial Certification Fees
IMPORTANT! Candidates for Written and Oral examinations are responsible for arranging and direct remittance of all related travel and hotel accommodations and expenses. ABPS will not be held responsible for expenses incurred beyond the cost of the exam, including but not limited to travel expenses and lost wages on the day of the exam.