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The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

Founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, autonomous organization, the ABOS exists to serve the best interest of the public and the medical profession by establishing educational standards for orthopaedic residents and by evaluating the initial and continuing qualifications and competence of orthopaedic surgeons.



Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:

  • Paid the Examination Fee.
  • Been notified of your eligibility to sit for the examination.

Call the ABOS with any questions you have regarding the examination, examination requirements, or the examination registration process at 919-929-7103.

Scheduling your Examination

You will need to login into the ABOS portal to schedule your examination appointment.

For any issues related to exam scheduling, to reschedule, or to cancel your examination the quickest way to reach a Pearson VUE customer service agent is via LET’S CHAT. You may also Pearson VUE Customer Service contact via phone 833-551-0242.

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter listing your test date, your testing time, and the address the test center, directions to the test center, along with important policies for your review and information.

Identification Requirements

Verification of your identification is an important part of the admission process. If the name/address information you originally provided the ABOS does not match your photo ID, you must resolve the discrepancies with the ABOS at least 48 hours before you arrive at the test center.

We ask that you arrive at the test center 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will provide adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. Unfortunately, no extra time will be allowed to compensate for late arrival. Two forms of identity documentation are required to enter the testing room.

  • The primary identity document must contain your photograph and signature.
  • The secondary identity document must contain either your photograph or signature.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

You are required to present two forms of original (no photocopies), valid (unexpired) IDs; one form as a primary ID (government issued with name, photo and signature) and one form as a secondary ID (with name and signature or name and recent recognizable photo). The first and last name that you used to register must match exactly the first and last name on the ID that is presented on test day. All IDs required must be issued by the country in which you are testing. If you do not have the qualifying ID issued from the country you are testing in, an International Travel Passport from your country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID. If you have any questions or concerns about the ID you are required to bring with you to the testing center for admittance for your exam please contact Pearson VUE Customer Service. To view the full ID policy, including any additional allowances to this policy, please visit the Pearson VUE ID Policy: 1S (PDF).


Information about test accommodations is available on each examination page at or by emailing


Results will not be issued upon completion of an examination. Results will be provided to you by ABOS. Dates that results will be published are available at and refer to the calendar for the examination you have taken.

Last updated 2023-05-09