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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. 29-Feb. 2, 2021
Fee: $80
(Int'l & osteo programs: Feb. 4-10, 2021. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.)
Qualifying ExamApr. 30, 2020
Fee: $500
May 15, 2020
Fee: $700
July 16 and 17, 2020*
Fee: $1350
Certifying ExamBy ExamBy Exam2020-2021 Dates***
Oct. 19-21, 2020 - Virtual
Nov. 16-18, 2020 - Virtual
Dec. 1-3, 2020 - Virtual
Mar. 8-10, 2021 - Virtual
Jun. 8-10, 2021 - Virtual
Fee: $1450
Registration will open in the coming weeks.
QE/CE ReadmissibilityFeb. 1, 2020
Fee: $450
NoneMar. 15-May 15, 2020*
Fee: $500
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 19-20, 2021
Fee: $210
Qualifying ExamJuly 15, 2020
Fee: $500
Aug. 31, 2020
Fee: $700
TBD*
Fee: $1400
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 4-5, 2020 - CANCELLED
Fee: $1600
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 12-13, 2021
Fee: $235
Qualifying ExamJuly 15, 2020
Fee: $500
Aug. 31, 2020
Fee: $700
TBD*
Fee: $1400
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMar. 9-10, 2020 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1600
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJuly 15, 2020
Fee: $500
Aug. 31, 2020
Fee: $700
TBD*
Fee: $1500
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJuly 15, 2020
Fee: $500
Aug. 31, 2020
Fee: $700
TBD*
Fee: $1400
Certifying ExamTBDNoneFeb. 24-25, 2020 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1600
Hand Surgery
Certifying ExamMar. 6, 2020
Fee: $500
Aug. 11, 2020**
Fee: $1500
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Certifying ExamApr. 1, 2020
Fee: $500
May 1, 2020
Fee: $700
Oct. 19, 2020
Fee: $1500
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 Registration for information on the date selection process. CE dates 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 $400 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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