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ABPS Physician Certification Examinations for 2021

To earn board certification with the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), candidates must pass a written exam. Our standardized psychometrically validated exam tests core concepts of a specialty area and measures how physician candidates have mastered the subject matter.

Depending on the specialty, candidates can sit for exams in May, August, or October at select testing centers in the United States and Canada. Some ABPS specialty boards also require an oral exam, which is held once a year in Tampa, FL. Candidates for initial certification in those specialties must pass the written exam before they are permitted to take the oral component.

To be eligible for an ABPS board certification or re-certification exam, you must apply before the published deadline. To view the application and exam schedule for each specialty area in 2021 as well as a list of specialties that offer an oral exam, click here.

Physicians currently board certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Orthopedic Association (AOA) are eligible to recertify through the ABPS.

Please note, that candidates are responsible for arranging and financing all travel necessary to sit for their exams, and the ABPS is not responsible for providing lodging, reimbursing travel expenses, or compensating for any lost wages.

For more information about the ABPS 2021 exam schedule, and the eligibility requirements for board certification through one of our Member Boards, contact us today.