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. 25-29, 2019
Fee: TBD
(Int'l & osteo programs: Feb. 1-Feb. 10, 2019. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.)
Qualifying ExamApr. 16, 2018
Fee: $450
May 15, 2018
Fee: $650
July 17, 2018*
Fee: $1250
Certifying ExamBy ExamBy Exam2017-2018 Dates***
Sept. 25-27, 2017 - Philadelphia
Oct. 16-18, 2017 - New Orleans
Nov. 13-15, 2017 - Chicago
Mar. 26-28, 2018 - Philadelphia
Apr. 23-25, 2018 - St. Louis
Fee: $1300
QE/CE ReadmissibilityFeb. 1, 2019
Fee: $450
NoneMar. 15 - May 15*
Fee: $450
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)TBDTBDMar. 1-2, 2019
Fee: TBD
Qualifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: TBD
July 16, 2018
Fee: TBD
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: TBD
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 21-22, 2018 - Dallas
Fee: $1500
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 22-23, 2019
Fee: TBD
Qualifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: TBD
July 16, 2018
Fee: TBD
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: TBD
Certifying ExamTBDNoneSpring 2019 - Philadelphia
Fee: TBD
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: TBD
July 16, 2018
Fee: TBD
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: TBD
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: TBD
July 16, 2018
Fee: TBD
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: TBD
Certifying ExamTBDNoneSpring 2019 - Philadelphia
Fee: TBD
Hand Surgery
Certifying ExamMar. 30, 2018
Fee: $450
Aug. 29, 2018**
Fee: $1400
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Certifying ExamApr. 16, 2018
Fee: $450
May 15, 2018 (Must register by 7/2)
Fee: $650
Nov. 20, 2018
Fee: $1400
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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