Quick Tips: Written Exam


  • 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 Registration Form.
  • Registration Form with all required documents and payment of exam fee is due in February.
  • Registration Forms will only be available to those residents/candidates with an approved application.


  • The Written Examination is administered annually in May (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.


Scheduling Permits:

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


Test preparation:


  • After candidates have an approved application for examination and certification, they may use the term "Board Eligible" denoting status with the Board for only the initial five years after successful completion of plastic surgery residency. 
  • Refer to the Advertising Policy for details. 
  • Do not activate websites before the start of practice.
  • The use of the Board’s logo is prohibited. 


  • 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.