2015 Examination Schedule Information

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 month-long testing windows in May and November 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 August for the November examinations.

Certification and Recertification Application and Examination Schedule:

Due Date for Completion of Application File: For CBT Examination In:
December 1, 2014 May 2015
May 1, 2015 November 2015

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Please Note:
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:

Specialty: Dates:
Anesthesiology
Diagnostic Radiology
Family Medicine and Obstetrics
Orthopedic Surgery
Radiation Oncology
Surgery
 October 3, 2015
October 9, 2016
Disaster Medicine Spring 2015 (Dates TBD)
Spring 2016 (Dates TBD)
Emergency Medicine April 18, 2015
April 9, 2016

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.

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.

 

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