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: $80
(Int'l & osteo programs: Feb. 1-Feb. 10, 2019. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.)
Qualifying ExamApr. 15, 2019
Fee: $450
May 15, 2019
Fee: $650
July 16, 2019*
Fee: $1250
Certifying ExamBy ExamBy Exam2018-2019 Dates***
Oct. 1-3, 2018 - Philadelphia
Nov. 12-14, 2018 - Chicago
Mar. 11-13, 2019 - Philadelphia
Apr. 29-May 1, 2019 - Philadelphia
Jun. 3-5, 2019 - St. Louis
Fee: $1350
QE/CE ReadmissibilityFeb. 1, 2019
Fee: $450
NoneMar. 15 - May 15*
Fee: $450
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)TBDTBDMar. 1-2, 2019
Fee: $210
Qualifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: $450
July 16, 2018
Fee: $650
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: $1300
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 20-21, 2019 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1550
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 22-23, 2019
Fee: $235
Qualifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: $450
July 16, 2018
Fee: $650
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: $1300
Certifying ExamTBDNoneApr. 1-2, 2019 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1550
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: $450
July 16, 2018
Fee: $650
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: $1400
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJuly 2, 2018
Fee: $450
July 16, 2018
Fee: $650
Sept. 20, 2018*
Fee: $1300
Certifying ExamTBDNoneFeb. 11-13, 2019 - Philadelphia
Fee: $1550
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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