Examination Content

  • The examination is based on a broad range of professional activities encompassing the specialty of plastic surgery.  Because the examination emphasizes current surgical practice and continuing education, the emphasis is different from the cognitive emphasis of the initial Written Examination of the Board.
  • The examination is designed in a modular form to allow diplomates to match the examination modules to their practice profiles.
  • The examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Diplomates may take a Comprehensive Plastic Surgery examination module or one of the specialty examination modules. The specialty modules are Cosmetic Surgery, Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Hand Surgery. Each of the 4 exams include 50 questions on the core of plastic surgery practice.


The secure examination is largely derived from previously published questions available in the public domain, such as the ASPS In-Service Examinations and CME questions published in the journals, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) & Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) in recent years.


The MOC-PS® Study Guide produced by ASPS/ Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) is an excellent reference for exam preparation.

The study guide is available in modules. Diplomates should focus on their specialty module, as listed on the Application Approval Letter, in addition to the Core Module.

To learn about ASPS Examination preparation resources, contact ASPS Member Services at 1-800-766-4955 or visit the PSEN website, www.psenetwork.org.

CMEs are available upon completion.


EXAM SCHEDULE (3 Hours and 20 minutes)  

One day examination administered at Prometric Test Centers:

  • 15-minute optional tutorial
  • 200 multiple-choice questions formatted in four blocks of 50 questions 
  • Blocks of 50 minute time intervals
  • Total break time of 45 minutes (optional)
  • Total testing time of three hours and 20 minutes


Review the Prometric website and video, What to Expect at the Prometric Test Center, for an overview of the test administration process.  

  • Bring unexpired photo ID (driver's license or passport) and scheduling permit (provided by the Board)
  • Food and beverages may be stored in a locker.
  • The test centers supply headphones, but examinees may also bring soft-foam ear plugs.


Result letters and Performance Reports are provided in June.  An e-mail notification will be sent once the results are posted online, accessible after secure log-in.


The AMA awards 60 CME credits for successful completion of the MOC program. Additional information can be found on the AMA website, www.ama-assn.org/go/CMEforms.


On the AMA website, look for "Direct credit application" - requires login, click on "create account." Membership in AMA not required.