Quick Tips: Written Exam

 

  • If completing a fellowship after plastic surgery residency, be sure you apply for an unrestricted state medical license. 
    • An active, unrestricted medical license is required by July with the Reply Form in order to register for the examination. 
    • Fellowship licenses are not accepted for the examination.
  • Fellowship training does not affect admissibility to the Written Examination but will delay admissibility to the Oral Examination. The 9-month Oral Exam case submission cannot include cases from fellowship training.

 

  • The next step after approval of the Application Material is the online Reply Form at which time a valid, full and unrestricted state medical license is required. 
    • NOTE:  Temporary, Training, Limited, Resident, Institutional and Fellowship Licenses, etc. ARE NOT ACCEPTED with the online Reply Form.
  • Reply Form with all required documents and payment of exam fee due in August.

 

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  • The Written Examination is administered annually in October (one day exam).
  • Prometric Test Centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
  • Visit www.prometric.com for a list of locations.  The test sponsor = ABPS.

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When can I schedule my testing appointment?

  • Scheduling permits will be available in August once the Reply Form is approved by the Board.
  • Contact Prometric as soon as possible to schedule your testing appointment.

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How should I prepare for the examination?

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  • Do not activate websites before the start of practice.
  • Use of the Board's logo is prohibited.  
  • Refer to the Board's Advertising Policy.

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  • Candidates are advised to utilize every opportunity to complete the certification examinations. 
  • Candidates must successfully complete both the Written and Oral Examinations required to achieve certification within 8 years after completion of plastic surgery residency training.
  • Reapplication requirements must be fulfilled at the end of the first 5 years of admissibility (admissibility begins with application approval).
  • Refer to the Admissibility Policy.