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Examination Procedures

All candidates will need to complete and submit an online application in their ABPN Physician Portal in order to qualify and apply for an examination. Each application will be reviewed by the credentials department. Candidates become diplomates after passing their examination. Diplomates will then begin the process of maintenance of certification. Review the ABPN Initial Certification Exam Process Flyer for more information.

Examinations are administered at Pearson VUE test centers across the United States and Canada. Testing outside the United States and Canada is available in some locations. Please contact the ABPN at for more information.

Candidates will have the opportunity to select their own test date, time and location based on the availability with Pearson. See our Exam Schedule to learn the exam dates and application deadlines.

After Submitting an Application

Approximately two to three months prior to the examination, scheduling information is emailed to candidates whose applications have been approved. Candidates are urged to contact Pearson VUE as soon as scheduling opens to make an appointment for the examination. A delay in contacting Pearson VUE can result in fewer available openings for the examination in a candidate’s choice of date and location. ABPN does not guarantee the availability of locations, dates and/or times of Pearson VUE test centers. ADA candidates will receive individual scheduling and examination materials.

If the name that the candidate applied under is different than the name that appears on the identification, certified, legal documentation (marriage license, name change determination, etc.), verification of the name change must be submitted to the Board office prior to the date of the examination. Address and/or email address changes must be updated online through the ABPN Physician Portal.

See the General Information and Board Policies Manual or the Information for Applicants (IFA) booklet for each exam for additional procedures.

View the Computer-Based Testing at Pearson VUE FAQs for more information.

Learn what to expect at the Pearson VUE test center with this short video.