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 March 19-21, 2020
June 2020 September 30, 2020 March 18-20, 2021

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

Written Qualifying Examination Details

Effective September 2019, the WQE will be given once per year in the fall.

Registration Deadlines Fee Location
September 30, 2020 June 1, 2020
August 1, 2020 (late)
Test centers nationwide

Oral Examination Details

Please note that prior to your Oral Examination, you will be assigned to a particular examination day and time during the examination weekend listed below. The ABO will send your examination assignment to you several months before the examination so that you can make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Registration Deadline Fee Location
March 19-21, 2020 Closed $1,950 Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Phoenix, AZ
March 18-20, 2021 November 15, 2020 TBD Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Phoenix, AZ


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.