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Dates & Fees

To meet an application deadline, the application form, operative report (if required), original signature form with all signatures, and application fee must be submitted by 4:30 P.M. ET on the deadline date. If they arrive after the deadline but before the late deadline, a late fee will be charged. No applications will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. ET on the late application deadline date.

Checks are accepted only for in-training and hand surgery exams. All fees are subject to change at any time. Application fees are nonrefundable; see below for exam fee refund policy.

Exam Application Deadline Late App Deadline Exam Dates
General Surgery
In-Training Exam (ABSITE®)January 5, 2024
Any changes submitted after this deadline will incur a $300 fee per change.
January 19, 2024 Jan. 26-30, 2024
Fee: $90
International programs: Feb. 1-7, 2024. Please contact the ABS for pricing.
Qualifying ExamApr. 15, 2024
Fee: $550
May 13, 2024
Fee: $750
Jul. 18, 2024*
Fee: $1,525
Certifying ExamRegister by Sept. 1, 2023N/A2023-2024 Dates**
Oct. 11-13; 16-18, 2023 - Virtual
Mar. 13-15; 18-20, 2024 - Virtual
Fee: $1,500
QE/CE ReadmissibilityFeb. 1, 2024
Fee: $450
NoneMar. 15-May 15, 2024*
Fee: TBD
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)January 5, 2024
Any changes submitted after this deadline will incur a $300 fee per change.
January 19, 2024 Feb. 23-24, 2024
Fee: $220
Qualifying ExamJul. 1, 2024
Fee: $550
Jul. 15, 2024
Fee: $750
Sept. 17, 2024*
Fee: $1,575
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 13-15, 2024 - Virtual
Fee: $1,700
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)January 5, 2024
Any changes submitted after this deadline will incur a $300 fee per change.
January 19, 2024 Feb. 15-16, 2024
Fee: $245
Qualifying ExamJul. 1, 2024
Fee: $550
Jul. 15, 2024
Fee: $750
Sept. 17, 2024*
Fee: $1,575
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMar. 4-6, 2024 - Virtual
Fee: $1,700
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJul. 1, 2024
Fee: $550
Jul. 15, 2024
Fee: $750
Sept. 17, 2024*
Fee: $1,725
Neurocritical Care Subspecialty ExamApr. 1, 2024
Fee: $550
NoneFall 2024, exact dates TBD
Exam offered through the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA); please contact the ABA directly for additional information about exam fees.
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJul. 1, 2024
Fee: $550
Jul. 15, 2024
Fee: $750
Sept. 17, 2024*
Fee: $1,575
Certifying ExamTBDNoneFeb. 12-14, 2024 - Virtual
Fee: $1,700
Hand Surgery
Certifying ExamMar. 1, 2024
Fee: $550
Mar. 15, 2024
Fee: $750
Aug. 5, 2024*
Fee: $1,725
Focused Practice Designation
Metabolic Bariatric SurgeryFeb. 29, 2024
Fee: $550
N/A Apr. 1-6, 2024
Fee: $750
Other Fees
Exam Withdrawal (see refund policy below) - $400
Returned Check Fee - $50
  • *Computer examination offered at Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • **See CE Registration for information on the date selection process.
Refund Policy
Application fees are nonrefundable. Exam fees for computer exams will be refunded, minus a $400 processing fee, if you withdraw more than 15 business days before the first day of the exam window. If you withdraw fewer than 15 business days prior or fail to appear for the exam, the entire exam fee is forfeited. Exam fees cannot be carried over to the following year. All withdrawals must be made in writing and confirmed by the ABS office. Exam fees for oral exams are nonrefundable.
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