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Dates & Deadlines

The Board Certification Timeline
If you complete your residency training program in: Your first opportunity to take the Written Qualifying Examination is: You may advance to the Oral Examination on:
June 2019 September 14, 2019 August 29-30, 2020 (Central Time)
September 12-13, 2020 (Pacific Time)
November 7-8, 2020 (Central Time)
June 2020 September 30, 2020 TBA

 Note: All registration activity takes place on your Candidate Status Page. See below for deadlines and details.

Written Qualifying Examination: Upcoming Dates

The WQE is administered once per year in the fall.

Registration Deadlines Fee Location
September 30, 2020 Registration is now closed -- Pearson Vue test centers nationwide

Oral Examination: Upcoming Dates

Please note that prior to your online Oral Examination, you will be assigned to a particular examination day and time during the examination weekends listed below.

Examination Weekends
Time Zone
Session Times Location
August 29-30, 2020 Central 7 AM - 11 AM or 11 AM - 3 PM Online
September 12-13, 2020 Pacific 7 AM - 11 AM or 11 AM - 3 PM Online
November 7-8, 2020 Central 7 AM - 11 AM or 11 AM - 3 PM Online


Cancellations: To cancel an examination, please email the Board Office. If you cancel your exam before the registration deadline, your fee will be refunded minus a $300 application fee. There are no refunds for cancellations received after the registration deadline; however, if the full fee was paid, 50% of the fee will be applied to the following year's examination. Once a candidate’s seven-year Board Eligibility period ends, all fees become non-refundable and non-transferrable whenever cancellations are received after the exam registration deadline.

Military Service Credit: Active duty United States military service members will be reimbursed 50% of all paid certification fees. To claim reimbursement, please submit the standard registration fee, then submit a copy of your active duty paperwork to with a request for reimbursement. The ABO will issue a check or credit card refund within 10 business days.