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Conduct and Test Security

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The Qualifying Exam is scheduled to last approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you finish before the full time has elapsed, you can leave the Pearson VUE Testing Center early, but if you leave, you can't return to the test site.

Key points of conduct and expectations are listed below, and please remember: if you violate any of the conduct regulations, you won't receive a grade for any portion of the Qualifying Exam, and you forfeit all fees paid.

-- You'll receive information after registering for the exam on the Pearson VUE Testing Center website concerning the location of your exam, as well as the time you should arrive.

-- You'll need to show two forms of identification to be admitted for the Qualifying Exam at the Pearson VUE Testing Center.

  • One document must include both a photograph and your signature. For example, a passport, drivers license, military ID, work ID, school ID.
  • The second document must include your signature. It can be any of the examples provided above, or you can also use a credit or debit card.
  • If you've had a name change between the time you applied to take the test and the day of the test, bring a copy of an official document that verifies the name change. Examples could include, but are not limited to, a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court-ordered name change, etc.

-- You can't take electronic devices into the exam area, and you must also submit to a screening process that may include any or all of the following:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Palm vein scanning
  • Wanding or walk-through scanning for metallic objects
  • Any other screening that may be in place at the Pearson VUE Testing Center

If you refuse to submit to any of the possible types of screening procedures, you can't take the exam, and you'll lose out of the exam fees (no refunds).

-- You're not allowed to possess or access recording devices, cellular phones, paging devices, other electronic communication and/or recording devices, and writing instruments at any time during the Qualifying Exam or while taking a break.

  • You can't wear any device that can access the internet, which includes an Apple Watch and similar devices.
  • The one exception is an insulin pump.
  • With the exception of an insulin pump, if an electronic device if discovered at any time during the exam, or if you access any such device for any reason, you won't receive a grade for any portion of the exam, and you'll forfeit all fees paid.

-- There is no scheduled break during the exam.

  • Candidates may take unscheduled breaks to use the restroom facilities.
  • Unscheduled breaks should not exceed 10 minutes in length.
  • During such breaks, you can't talk with any individual or access any electronic devices.
  • You're not allowed to leave the Pearson VUE Testing Center for any reason before completing the test.

If you require special accommodations during the exam due to disability or because you'll be lactating on your test day, you'll need to submit your request to ABOG in advance of the exam. It may not be possible to accommodate requests received after the specific accommodations due date. See full details regarding candidate disability and lactation accommodations.

At the time of application for the Specialty Qualifying Exam, and again at the time the test is taken, each candidate is required to agree to the following. No candidate will be allowed to sit for the Qualifying Exam unless they agree to these terms:

  1. I understand that all ABOG test materials are copyrighted and that it is illegal to disclose the content of the examination in whole or in part to any individual, organization, or business. Furthermore, I understand that if I provide the information to any such entity, I may be prosecuted under the US Copyright laws.
  2. I understand that if I divulge the content of the Qualifying Examination in whole or in part to any individual, organization or business, my test result if any, will be negated and I will not be allowed to re-apply for the Qualifying Examination for a minimum of three years.
  3. I understand that I may not record any portion of the Qualifying Examination by any means in whole or in part, and a violation will be treated as outlined in numbers 1 and 2 above.
  4. I understand that I may not memorize or attempt to memorize any portion of the Qualifying Examination for the purpose of transmitting such material to any individual, organization, or business.
  5. I agree that de-identified results of my examination may be used for research purposes by ABOG. 6. I agree that the results of my examination will be given to my Residency Program Director.