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Our dates and fees

Dates & Fees

To meet an application deadline, the application form, operative report (if required), original signature form with all signatures, and application fee must be at the ABS office by the deadline date. If they arrive after the deadline but before the late deadline, a late fee will be charged. No applications are accepted after the late application deadline.

Checks are accepted only for in-training and hand surgery exams. All fees are subject to change at any time. Application fees are nonrefundable; see below for exam fee refund policy.

Exam Application Deadline Late App Deadline Exam Dates
General Surgery
In-Training Exam (ABSITE®)TBDTBDJan. 24-28, 2020
Fee: $80
(Int'l & osteo programs: Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 2020. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.)
Qualifying ExamApr. 22, 2019
Extended from Apr. 15
Fee: $475
May 15, 2019
Fee: $675
July 16, 2019*
Fee: $1300
Certifying ExamBy ExamBy Exam2019-2020 Dates***
Sept. 23-25, 2019 - Philadelphia
Oct. 21-23, 2019 - Philadelphia
Dec. 9-11, 2019 - Philadelphia
Apr. 6-8, 2020 - Philadelphia
Jun. 1-3, 2020 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1400
QE/CE ReadmissibilityFeb. 1, 2019
Fee: $450
NoneMar. 15 - May 15, 2019*
Fee: $450
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 14-15, 2020
Fee: $210
Qualifying ExamJuly 1, 2019
Fee: $475
July 15, 2019
Fee: $675
Sept. 16, 2019*
Fee: $1350
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 4-5, 2020 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1600
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 21-22, 2020
Fee: $235
Qualifying ExamJuly 1, 2019
Fee: $475
July 15, 2019
Fee: $675
Sept. 16, 2019*
Fee: $1350
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMar. 9-10, 2020 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1600
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJuly 1, 2019
Fee: $475
July 15, 2019
Fee: $675
Sept. 16, 2019*
Fee: $1450
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJuly 1, 2019
Fee: $475
July 15, 2019
Fee: $675
Sept. 16, 2019*
Fee: $1350
Certifying ExamTBDNoneFeb. 24-25, 2020 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1600
Hand Surgery
Certifying ExamMar. 4, 2019
Fee: $475
Aug. 1, 2019**
Fee: $1450
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Certifying Exam No 2019 Examination
Other Fees
Exam Withdrawal Processing Fee - $300
Returned Check Fee - $50
  • *Computer examination offered at Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • **Computer examination offered at Prometric testing centers.
  • ***See CE Site Assignments for information on the site selection process. CE sites must be selected by Sept. 1 for that academic year.
Refund Policy
Application fees are nonrefundable. Exam fees for computer exams will be refunded, minus a $300 processing fee, if you withdraw more than 15 business days before the first day of the exam window. If you withdraw fewer than 15 business days prior or fail to appear for the exam, the entire exam fee is forfeited. Exam fees cannot be carried over to the following year. All withdrawals must be made in writing and confirmed by the ABS office. Exam fees for oral exams are nonrefundable.
 

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