FAQ - Qualifying Examination

Qualifying Examination 

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, or email info@aboms.org.

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 multiple-choice questions covering 11 subject areas. Of the 300 questions, 30 of them will be pretest questions and will not be scored. 

First time and Repeat Applicants

Application fee $675.00

Application fee for Foreign Trained Pathway $1365

Examination fee $1600.00

All fees are non-refundable

All application materials should be uploaded on your applicant profile.

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

If you are a senior resident on track to graduate in summer of 2025, then yes, you may be eligible to apply for the 2025 QE. Check the handbook for more details about application requirements and deadlines.

The Qualifying Examination is available through Prometric Testing Centers. To find a location near you: https://www.prometric.com/site-status.

There are two sections. The first section is allowed three hours, followed by an optional one-hour break, and the second section is allowed another three hours. After you complete the first section, you may not go back to review. There are 300 questions total (all multiple choice). 

For more information, please download the 2025 Qualifying Examination Handbook or view the QE Blueprint.
For current senior residents interested in applying, download the 2025 Fast-Track Qualifying Examination Handbook.
For more information on the Foreign Trained Alternative Pathway, download the 2025 Foreign Trained Handbook.

If you require special accommodations, review the ABOMS policy.


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