2018 Testing Information

ABPS 2018 Testing InformationAll written examinations that are administered by American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) are computer based. Exams are offered across a network of testing centers in the United States and Canada. Depending on the specialty, candidates may sit for testing during one of two three-week-long testing windows: May 1–21, 2018 or October 1–21, 2018. When registering, each candidate is encouraged to choose a day, time, and testing location that best fits into his or her schedule. Evening and/or weekend hours are available at select testing locations. Please refer to the applicable Member Board under the “Board Certifications” link above for more specific information about the exam process, application deadlines, test dates, and our newly introducing tired pricing schedules.

A physician seeking to become an ABPS Diplomate must timely submit a fully completed application accompanied by the appropriate application fee. We advise that all required documents be sent by certified mail or other traceable means to ensure application deadline compliance. Depending on the number of applications being processed, confirmation of application receipt may take anywhere from two to four weeks. An application will be deemed complete when it is verified to include all the documentation required by the applicable specialty’s Application Checklist. Submitting an incomplete application may prevent you from taking an exam in your preferred testing administration window.

Some ABPS Member Boards administer oral exams as part of the testing process. Candidates seeking initial certification through these Member Boards must first successfully pass the applicable written examination before being allowed to sit for the oral component. Please be advised that oral exams are administered once a year in Tampa, Florida. Registration paperwork will be mailed to all candidates permitted to take an oral exam approximately three months before the exam is administered. You are advised to refer to the specific Member Board for information pertaining to its oral exam requirements, if any, including the 2018 oral examination dates.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to the ABPS. The ABPS also accepts application and exam fees via MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Travel expenses – including flights and hotel accommodations – are the responsibility of each candidate. The ABPS will not be held responsible for any non-exam-related expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses and lost wages.

To learn more, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
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To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine