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One of the requirements for sitting for the Qualifying Exam is a signed Residency Training Affidavit. Each resident's Program Director signs the affidavit, attesting to the resident's satisfactory competence and completion of the program. The affidavit now will be listed as a task on the current Program Director's ABOG portal. Program Directors should log in to their portal and click on the Sign Training Affidavits task to complete the process for residents who are completing training within the next 31 days of the current date. Test results will not be released to a candidate until the affidavit is completed. 

Once the Program Director has signed electronically, verifying completion of training for a resident, Program Managers will be able to see a confirmation of completion of verification by the resident’s name on the program’s portal page in the Add/Maintain Residents Task. 

If there are residents who have either transferred or withdrawn from your program, you will need to update their residency dates and status. Once you have updated this information, the Residency Training Affidavit Form will be made available under the task on the current Program Director's portal to complete. The program director will only be verifying the time that the resident spent in the program. 

Residents must complete their training by September 30, 2020, to meet the requirements for the 2020 examination. If you have a resident whose residency has been extended beyond September 30, 2020, please contact the ABOG Examination Department at exams@abog.org. Any resident who takes the Specialty Qualifying Exam without successfully completing residency by September 30, 2020 will have the results voided. No refunds will be issued.

If you encounter problems or have questions, please call the Exam Department at 214-871-1619 or email at exams@abog.org. We are happy to assist you.

Residents graduating after May 31, 2020 are required to complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) course.

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September 17, 2019 2020 Qualifying Exam application available online
October 19, 2019 Last day to apply for 2020 Qualifying Exam without late fee penalty
December 18, 2019 Final deadline to apply for 2020 Qualifying Exam
September 2019 - February 2020 Notifications sent to candidates approved to take the 2020 Qualifying Exam with instructions to reserve a seat at an exam test center
February 24, 2020 2020 Certifying Exam application available online
May 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CT Final deadline to apply for this 2020 Certifying Exam
July 13, 2020 Candidates notified to submit case lists and a photograph for the 2020 Certifying Exam, plus reminder to pay the exam fee
August 31, 2020 Final Deadline for ABOG's Receipt of Case Lists and 2020 Specialty Certifying Exam Fees




2020 Qualifying Exam Application $1,500
2020 Qualifying Exam Late Fee (October 19 - November 18, 2019) $1,860
2020 Qualifying Exam Application (November 19 - December 18, 2019) $2,340
2020 Certifying Exam Application $840
2020 Certifying Exam Application Late Fee (April 4 - May 4, 2020) $1,200
2020 Certifying Exam Application Late Fee (May 5 - 22, 2020) $1,680
2020 Certifying Exam Fee $1,025
2020 Certifying Exam Late Fee (August 4 - 17, 2020) $1,420
All application and late fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, including toward a future application. If the candidate must withdraw from the Certifying Examination on or before September 15, 2020 due to a medical or other emergency, a portion of the examination fee MAY be refunded.