Applying for the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE)


Once a Candidate has successfully completed their Qualifying Examination, they are eligible to begin their application for the Oral Certifying Examination. A Candidate has three consecutive years, following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, in which they can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination.

The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the completed Oral Certifiying 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 beginning with the Qualifying Examination. Individuals who are required to re-apply will regain “Candidate” status upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination.

Application Requirements for the Oral Certifying Examination:

  • Application Fee of $450.00 USD (one-time fee)
  • Verification of Hospital Staff Appointment
  • Verification of Current Licensure
  • 2” x 2” Passport Photograph
  • Examination Fee of $2,850.00 USD
How to Apply for OCE

To learn more about the requirements for submitting an OCE application, download the 2025 Oral Certifying Examination Handbook.

Ready to Apply? Log in to your account to complete the application. 2025 applications open June 11, 2024, and close September 18, 2024.

Upcoming Exams

February, 2025

2025 Oral Certifying Examination

The final step to becoming a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is taking the Oral Certifying Examination. Once a Candidate has successfully completed the Qualifying Examination, they are eligible to begin their application for the OCE. It is important to note, that each Candidate has three opportunities to take and pass the OCE. Non-submission of application, cancellations, no show, and fails is considered one opportunity. The OCE is an oral-based examination designed to test a Candidates clinically applicable knowledge and judgment. The examination consists of three sections. Each with four twelve-minute cases for a total exam time of 144 minutes.

Application Dates:
June 11, 2024 - September 18, 2024

Exam Dates:
February 3, 2025 - February 7, 2025



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