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.

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 and 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 Prometric 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.

I am a senior resident. Can I apply for the QE?

If you are a senior resident on track to graduate in the spring/summer of 2021, then yes, you may be eligible to apply for the 2021 QE. Check the handbook for more details about application requirements.

For more information, please download the Qualifying Examination Handbook or view the QE Blueprint.

If you require special accommodations, review the ABOMS policy.


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Qualifying Examination

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