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. 26-30, 2018
Fee: $70
(Int'l & osteo programs: Jan. 28-Feb. 11, 2018. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.)
Qualifying ExamApr. 16, 2018
Fee: $400
May 15, 2018
Fee: $600
July 17, 2018*
Fee: $1200
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, 2018
Fee: $200
NoneMar. 15 - May 15*
Fee: $400
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 16-17, 2018
Fee: $200
Qualifying ExamJuly 5, 2017
Fee: $400
July 17, 2017
Fee: $600
Sept. 11, 2017*
Fee: $1200
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 21-22, 2018 - Dallas
Fee: $1500
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 23-24, 2018
Fee: $225
Qualifying ExamJuly 5, 2017
Fee: $400
July 17, 2017
Fee: $600
Sept. 11, 2017*
Fee: $1200
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMar. 5-6, 2018 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1500
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJuly 5, 2017
Fee: $400
July 17, 2017
Fee: $600
Sept. 11, 2017*
Fee: $1300
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJuly 5, 2017
Fee: $400
July 17, 2017
Fee: $600
Sept. 11, 2017*
Fee: $1200
Certifying ExamTBDNoneFeb. 26-27, 2018 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1500
Hand Surgery
Certifying ExamMar. 15, 2017
Fee: $400
Mar. 31, 2017
Fee: $800
Sept. 12, 2017**
Fee: $1300
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Certifying ExamTBD
Fee: $400
TBD
Fee: $600
Fall 2018
Fee: $1300
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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