Qualifying Examination 

Are you finding yourself confused about the Qualifying Examination (QE)? The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery makes every effort to ensure your questions are answered. The Board supplies an applicant with frequently asked questions to help aid the individual throughout the certification process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

What is the Qualifying Examination?

The ABOMS qualifying Examination (QE) is a secure, valid computer based examination administered to Board applicants/Candidates that test their knowledge in central principles of the specialty. The QE is the first step in becoming Board certified. The examination is made up of 300 questions covering 10 subject areas.

How much does it cost to take the Qualifying Examination?

First time Applicants

Application fee $650.00

Examination fee $1600.00

Repeat Applicants

Application fee $675.00

Examination fee $1600.00

All fees are non-refundable

How do I submit my Qualifying Examination application supporting documents?

All application materials should be uploaded on your applicant profile.

Where do I take the Qualifying Examination?

The Qualifying Examination is available through Pearson VUE Testing Centers. There are over 200 testing centers in North America and US territories. The Qualifying Examination is offered in January of each year.

Are hospital privilieges required in order to take the Qualifying Examination?

No, hospital privileges are not required to apply for the Qualifying Examination.

For more information, please download the Certification Handbook.

If you require special accommodations, review the ABOMS policy.


Upcoming Exams

January, 2019

2019 Qualifying Examination - 1 Year Remaining

The Qualifying Exam is a secure, valid computer-based examination administered to Board applicants to test their knowledge in central principles of the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) specialty. The examination is made up of 300 questions covering 10 subject areas and is designed to test competency in OMS. An applicant who does not take or pass the QE within the two-year period will result in a void application.

Application Dates:
June 12, 2018 - September 7, 2018

Exam Dates:
January 5, 2019 - January 12, 2019


2019 Qualifying Examination- First Time Applicant

The Qualifying Exam is a secure, valid computer-based examination administered to Board applicants to test their knowledge in central principles of the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) specialty. The examination is made up of 300 questions covering 10 subject areas and is designed to test competency in OMS. An applicant who does not take or pass the QE within the two-year period will result in a void application.

Application Dates:
June 12, 2018 - September 7, 2018

Exam Dates:
January 5, 2019 - January 12, 2019


2019 Qualifying Examination- Repeat Applicant

The Qualifying Exam is a secure, valid computer-based examination administered to Board applicants to test their knowledge in central principles of the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) specialty. The examination is made up of 300 questions covering 10 subject areas and is designed to test competency in OMS. An applicant who does not take or pass the QE within the two-year period will result in a void application.

Application Dates:
June 12, 2018 - September 7, 2018

Exam Dates:
January 5, 2019 - January 12, 2019


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