Board Certification Exam Schedule

Examination Dates Through the Year 2011

All ABPS written exams are offered in a computer-based multiple choice format in test centers across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

The computer based format allows the candidate great flexibility in examination scheduling and, in most cases, eliminates the need for long distance travel.

The computer-based examination window usually spans four weeks, and the candidate can schedule on any day during that time that his/her chosen test center is open, and at any time during the day, so long as he/she allows enough time to complete the exam. Most test centers are open Monday through Friday only, a few are open on weekends as well.

Once a candidate is approved to sit for the examination, and the examination fee is paid, ABPS will send the candidate a password and directions for registering for the examination on the date and at the test center of his/her choice.


Submission of an incomplete application may delay the Board’s acceptance of your application in time for you to take the exam on the date you desire.

At the end of the application you will find a checklist detailing the items you need to attach to the application in order for your application to be considered complete. Please review the materials you are submitting against this checklist.

If, after a period of one year from your submission of your application, all of the application materials are not deemed complete and the application has not been approved by the appropriate board of certification, your application will become invalid, thereby requiring you to submit a new application and application fee in order to pursue certification. You must meet the certification requirements in effect at the time the second or subsequent application is received by ABPS.

Revised August 2010

Due Date for Completion of File:
May 1, 2010
December 1, 2010
May 1, 2011
For CBT Exam In:May 2010
September 2010
May 2011
September 2011


October 16, 2010
October 1, 2011
October 13, 2012

You do not submit an application for the Oral examinations, just the fee. Oral examinations are typically administered on Saturday, and sometimes on Sunday. Examinees are not permitted to take both the written and oral examinations during the same administration. Oral examinations are not required for every specialty.


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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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
Internal Medicine
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