2018 Examination Schedule Information

Updated April 2018

Written Examination

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 three-week-long testing windows (the 1st through the 21st) in May and/or October of each year, depending upon the specialty.

Registered candidates 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 is mailed to approved candidates in February for the May exams and in July for the October exams.

Certification and Recertification Application and Examination Schedule:

Specialty:  Final Due Date for Completion of Application File: For CBT Exam In:
Anesthesiology
Diagnostic Radiology
Emergency Medicine (Recertification Only)
Family Medicine Obstetrics
Internal Medicine
Integrative Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery
December 1, 2017** May 2018
Administrative Medicine Dermatology
Disaster Medicine
Emergency Medicine (Certification and Recertification)
Family Medicine
Hospital Medicine
Urgent Care
May 1, 2018** October 2018

Please Note:
All applications must be complete before they can be reviewed by the Board. An application is deemed complete when all forms and applicable supporting documentation have been received.  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.

**These are final application deadlines. For special pricing based on earlier application deadlines for the May 2018 and October 2018 specialty examinations, go to ‘Board Certifications’, then the applicable specialty’s homepage and click on the ‘Exam Process, Dates, and Fees’ page link located in the side menu.  Recertification applicants will find the special 2018 pricing by clicking on the ‘Recertification Fee Schedule’ link on the applicable specialty’s homepage.

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:

Specialty: Dates:
Anesthesiology
Diagnostic Radiology
Family Medicine Obstetrics
Orthopedic Surgery
Surgery
 October 27, 2018*
Emergency Medicine  April 14, 2018

Please Note:
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.

* The Fall 2018 Oral exams have been rescheduled from Nov 3 to Oct 27.

For current Initial Certification Written and Oral Exam fees, go to Boards of Certification, then the applicable specialty Board and click on the link to Exam Process, Dates and Fees. 

For Recertification application deadlines and fees, click on Recertification 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.

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