Psychiatry Examination Schedule

All ABPS written examinations 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 examination. Most test centers are open Monday through Friday only. ABPS strongly suggests that you do not schedule your examination on a weekend or a holiday.

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 examination 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 June 2013

Due Date for Completion of File:
May 1, 2013
December 1, 2013
May 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
For CBT Examination In:
November 2013
May 2014
November 2014
May 2015


October  5, 2013
October 11, 2014

You do not submit an application for the oral examinations, just the fee. Oral examinations are typically administered on Saturday, and occasionally, 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.

When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

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Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

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Internal Medicine