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Fees & Deadlines for Specialty Qualifying & Certifying Exams

Qualifying Exam

Exam Fees
$1,500 if paid between September 17 - October 19, 2018
$1,860 if paid between October 20 - November 16, 2018
$2,340 if paid between November 17 - December 14, 2018
Important Deadlines
September 17, 2018: application available online
October 19, 2018: last day to apply without late fee penalty
December 14, 2018: final deadline to apply
September 2018 - February 2019: notifications sent to candidates approved to take the qualifying exam with instructions to reserve a seat at an exam test center.
The Qualifying Exam fee consists of:
  • cost of the application process ($800.00)
  • fee to cover the exam cost ($700.00)

The portion of the fee that covers the cost of the application process will not be refunded or credited against a future examination. If you're denied entrance to the exam on the basis of the information supplied with the application, only the fee portion that covers the exam cost will be refunded.

After approval, if you experience an event that prevents you from sitting for the qualifying exam, notify ABOG immediately (call 214.871.1619 and request to speak to an exam specialist).

The ABOG review committee will determine if the request is due to circumstances beyond your control. If the committee agrees that the circumstances warrant a refund, the fee may be refunded minus a $400 processing fee. The review committee won't consider any request that they don't deem to be an emergency (i.e., natural disaster, serious accident, or illness, etc.).

Certifying Exam

Application Fees
$840 if paid between February 15 - March 30, 2019 
$1,200 if paid between March 31 - April 30, 2019
$1,680 if paid between May 1 - May 15, 2019
Exam Fees
$1,025 if paid before August 1, 2019
$1,420 if paid between August 2 - August 15, 2019
Important Deadlines
February 15, 2019: application available online
May 15, 2019, 5 pm CT: final deadline to apply
July 12, 2019: candidates notified to submit case lists and a photograph, plus reminder to pay the exam fee
August 1, 2019, 5 pm CT: last day for receipt of case lists and photograph, and last day to pay exam fee without late fee penalty
August 2 - August 15, 2019: late fee applied to exam cost
August 15, 2019:  final day for ABOG's receipt of case lists or exam fees (nothing accepted after this date/time).

After approval, if you experience an urgent event that prevents you from sitting for the Certifying Exam, notify ABOG immediately (call 214.871.1619 and request to speak to an exam specialist).

If the request is made prior to September 15, 2019, and if the review committee agrees that the request is due to circumstances beyond the control of the candidate, the exam portion of the fee may be refunded minus a $400 administrative processing fee. The application fee and late fees are not refundable.

The review committee cannot refund exam fees after September 15, 2019. The review committee won't consider any requests that they don't deem to be an emergency (i.e., natural disaster, serious accident, or illness, etc.).