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FAQs for 2020 Subspecialty CE Candidates

Updated on April 24, 2020


The health of all participants (and those with whom they come into contact) is paramount. We felt it necessary to reschedule the exam so candidates and volunteers would not take unnecessary risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Subspecialty CE has been rescheduled to November 16-19, 2020 (but examiners arrive on Sunday, November 15).

No. Case lists, theses, and affidavits will not need to be resubmitted.


  • Your exam fees will be credited to the new November 2020 exam date or, if you prefer, you can have them credited toward the April 2021 exam. If you prefer to withdraw from the 2020 exam and receive a full refund, please email us at exams@abog.org and make that request. If you do receive a refund, you will be withdrawn from the 2020 exam and will need to re-apply for a future exam. You must meet the requirements as outlined in the Bulletin for the year of the future exam. If you choose to apply for the 2021 exam, your case list and thesis can be used for that exam.  
  • Airline Fees: Most airlines are allowing ticketholders to rebook within one calendar year without change fees. ABOG will cover any change or cancellation fees up to $300. Email the receipt showing the amount paid to exams@abog.org

No, you do not need to complete another application for the 2020 exam.  

Yes, your application and exam fees, case list, and thesis can be rolled to the 2021 exam. However, you will need to complete the online application for the 2021 Subspecialty Certifying Exam and meet the requirements as outlined in the 2021 CE Bulletin for your subspecialty.

If you're unable to take your exam during the 2020 examination cycle, your eligibility will be extended by one year.

Now that we have established the new dates in November 2020, candidates will be notified as soon as possible of their new date. We will do everything we can to determine the dates as quickly as possible and send the exact date out. Please understand that our ability to schedule the examination will depend on examiner availability and the COVID situation. 

Please contact us at exams@abog.org. We will speak with or write to your employer or credentialing office to explain that the delay was unavoidable for public health reasons due to COVID-19.

After emailing a copy of your change or cancellation fee receipt (to exams@abog.org), you will receive a check for reimbursement within 30 days.