Oral Certifying Examination

Are you a Candidate taking the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE) this year and have questions regarding the process? Find answers to commonly asked questions from fellow Candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your questions are still not answered, please contact the administrative office at (312) 642-0070.

What is the Oral Certifying Examination?

The ABOMS Oral Certifying Examination (OCE) is an oral based examination designed to test a Board Candidate’s clinically applicable knowledge and judgment. The examination is made up of three sections each with four twelve-minute cases for a total exam time of 144 minutes

When do I begin my Oral Certifying Examination application?

A Candidate will have three consecutive years to take and pass the OCE after successfully completing the Qualifying Examination.

How much does it cost to take the Oral Certifying Examination?

Application fee $450.00

Examination fee $2850

All fees are non-refundable

Are hospital privileges required?

Yes, a Candidate is required to have active hospital privileges throughout the OCE application process and during his/her Diplomate tenure.

Does it matter what category of hospital staff appointments I hold?

The category of staff appointment a Candidate holds on the medical staff of a hospital does not matter as long as the individual has current privileges that permit him/her to perform core procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

How do I submit my Oral Certifying Examination application supporting documents?

All application documents should be uploaded on the Candidate’s profile.

Why do I need to submit a photo?

The ABOMS requires a photo for identification purposes to use on the day of your examination. All photos must be uploaded to the Candidate’s profile. The photo will be added to the Candidate’s badge which will be worn during his/her examination.

Where is the Oral Certifying Examination delivered?

The OCE is administered at a testing facility in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Oral Certifying Examination is given for a full week. Do I need to be there the entire week?

You will be assigned a date and session. Each day has an AM and PM session. All Candidates are required to arrive to Dallas the night before their examination.

Where does a Candidate stay during the examination?

All Candidates must check into the Hilton Raleigh North Hills hotel the day before their examination. Candidates are responsible for travel and room fees.

Can I change my assigned day for the Oral Certifying Examination?

Once you are assigned a date no changes can be made. If you would like to request a certain date, you must contact the ABOMS Administrative office by October 1st for consideration.

For more information, please download the Oral Certifying Examination Handbook.

If you require special accommodations, review the ABOMS policy.

Upcoming Exams

February, 2020

2020 Oral Certifying Examination

The second step to becoming a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is taking the Oral Certifying Examination. Once a Candidate has successfully completed his or her Qualifying Examination, he or she is eligible to begin their application for the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE). The OCE is an oral-based examination designed to test a Board candidate’s clinically applicable knowledge and judgment. The examination is made up of three sections, each with four twelve-minute cases, for a total exam time of 144 minutes. A Candidate has three consecutive years following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination in which he or she can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination. The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the completed Oral Certification Examination application by a specified deadline. A Candidate who does not take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination within the three-year period must re-apply for Board certification. Individuals who are required to re-apply will regain “Candidate” status upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination.

Application Dates:
June 11, 2019 - September 6, 2019

Exam Dates:
February 3, 2020 - February 7, 2020


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