Exam Dates & Fees

To meet an application deadline, all materials must be received by the ABS by 4:30 p.m. ET on the deadline date.

If any materials arrive after the deadline but before the late deadline, a late fee will be charged. No applications are accepted after 11:59 p.m. ET on the late application deadline date.

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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2/23 - 2/24
2024
In-Training Examination (VSITE)
Location: Proctored at program
Fee: $220 per exam
Registration Deadline: 1/5/2024

Any order changes submitted after the 1/5/24 deadline will incur a $300 fee per change.

3/4 - 3/6
2024
Pediatric Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2023 PSQE results.

3/13 - 3/20
2024
General Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,500
Registration Deadline: 9/1/2023

Registration available following the release of 2023 GSQE results.

3/15 - 5/15
2024
General Surgery QE/CE Readmissibility
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: TBD
Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
Fee: $450
3/26 - 4/6
2024
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $750
Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
Fee: $550
5/13 - 5/15
2024
Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2023 VSQE results.

7/18
2024
General Surgery Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,525
Application Deadline: 4/15/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 5/13/2024
Fee: $750
8/5
2024
Hand Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,725
Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 3/15/2024
Fee: $750
8/26 - 11/4
2024
Continuous Certification Assessment
Location: Virtual
Fee: $285
Registration Start: 8/1/2024 - 11/4/2024

The $285 annual fee covers one assessment every other year, free access to all assessment reference materials, and general Continuous Certification Program participation.

9/17
2024
Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,575
Application Deadline: 7/1/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 7/15/2024
Fee: $750
9/17
2024
Pediatric Surgery Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,575
Application Deadline: 7/1/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 7/15/2024
Fee: $750
9/17
2024
Complex General Surgical Oncology Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,575
Application Deadline: 7/1/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 7/15/2024
Fee: $750
9/17
2024
Surgical Critical Care Certifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,725
Application Deadline: 7/1/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 7/15/2024
Fee: $750
10/7 - 10/11
2024
Neurocritical Care Subspecialty Examination
Fee: TBD
Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
Fee: $550

Application will be available late February via the ABS website. Following application approval, candidates will receive information from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) regarding exam registration.

10/15 - 10/28
2024
Continuous Certification Readmission Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,700
Registration Start: 8/1/2024 - 10/21/2024

This exam is for surgeons who either: (1) did not successfully complete the lapsed pathway; or (2) are not eligible to enter the lapsed pathway.

1/24 - 1/28
2025
ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE®)
Location: Proctored at program
Fee: $90 per exam

Any order changes submitted after the deadline (TBD) will incur a $300 fee per change.

International programs: Dates to be determined. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.

2/3 - 2/5
2025
Complex General Surgical Oncology Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2024 CGSO QE results.

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