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American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

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The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (ABOMP) endeavors to represent the interest of oral and maxillofacial pathologists within the profession itself, in the dental and medical community, and to the public at large.

The ABOMP administers two types of exams through Pearson VUE.

The Initial Certification Examination is administered on a yearly basis for those candidates wishing to become certified. This exam is administered at Pearson VUE professional centers in the continental United States.

The ABOMP also administers the Certification Maintenance Examination (CM exam) for diplomates already certified who need to maintain their certification. This exam is administered online through OnVUE.

Please refer to the applicable sections below related to the exam that interests you.

2022 Examination Dates

Initial Certification Examination (Two-day exam)

ABOMP Certification Exam Days September 22-23, 2022 (Thursday – Friday)
ABOMP Certification Exam Days September 20-21, 2023 (Wednesday – Thursday)

Certification Maintenance Examination

(For diplomates of the ABOMP - exam takes @ 2 hours including tutorial)
Exam window June 15 – July 1, 2022
Exam window June 15 – June 30, 2023

Scheduling Instructions for All Examinations

IMPORTANT: Test takers for ABOMP exams will receive instructions by email for scheduling a Pearson VUE exam appointment from the ABOMP. Instructions will be sent after the ABOMP reviews and approves the applications for each exam. Test takers are unable to schedule a Pearson VUE appointment until the ABOMP furnishes them with instructions for doing so.

Test takers will receive an email from ABOMP when the scheduling period opens with instructions for scheduling an exam. Examination appointments may be made during the designated Exam Scheduling period only (dates to be announced by email). The appointment testing time noted on Pearson VUE web pages reflects the total appointment time, including a tutorial, examination, breaks if applicable, and exit survey.

All ABOMP exam test takers must create a new Pearson VUE account to schedule an ABOMP exam.

If you are requesting special accommodations for an examination including accommodations for nursing mothers, please contact Amanda@ABPath.org prior to scheduling an exam appointment. We must notify Pearson VUE that you have been approved for an accommodation before you can schedule.

Create an account and schedule an appointment. If you need assistance in scheduling or creating an account with Pearson VUE, please call Pearson VUE at 1-866-314-0159.

ABOMP Honor Code Agreement

At the beginning of an ABOMP exam, you will be required to agree to the terms and conditions of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Honor Code.

For the Initial Certification Examination Honor Code, please visit:

https://abomp.org/sites/default/files/HonorCodeInitialCertificationExam.pdf

For the Certification Maintenance Examination Honor Code, please visit:

https://abomp.org/print/honor-code-remote-certification-maintenance

Initial Certification Exam Information and Preparation

The Initial Certification Examination is divided into two days. They are computer-based examinations consisting of two sections of free-response virtual microscopy, a free-response clinical practical section with images, and a multiple-choice, single best answer format written section.

For more detailed descriptions of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (ABOMP) certification exam, please visit:

https://abomp.org/application-initial-certification

For what to expect at Pearson VUE Test Centers for the ABOMP Initial Certification Examination, and information on the ABOMP ID policy and daily exam schedules, please visit:

https://abomp.org/application-initial-certification

A practice tutorial and a virtual microscopy demonstration to familiarize yourself with the exam administration platform and virtual microscopy viewing software administered by the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) and used by ABOMP are located at links below.

https://vmdemo.abpath.org/

http://home.pearsonvue.com/abpath/demo-exam

Initial Certification Examination Cancellation Policy

Submission of the initial certifying examination application constitutes intent to sit for that year’s examination. If a candidate applying for the ABOMP certifying examination chooses to cancel, there will be no refund of the examination fee.

If any of the following occurs, a candidate will forfeit the entire examination fee:

  • Candidate registers for the examination with ABOMP and does not schedule the examination with Pearson VUE by the scheduling deadline date.
  • Candidate cancels the examination or does not appear for the examination on the scheduled examination dates.
  • Candidate arrives more than 15 minutes after the scheduled examination start time.

If a candidate cancels the examination due to personal illness, the examination fee will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee. This must be verified by the candidate’s personal physician and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by ABOMP within 30 days of the examination dates. If the cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the examination dates, an additional $200 Pearson VUE no-show fee will be withheld. Other extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you choose to cancel your examination, you must notify the ABOMP by email at Amanda@ABPath.org. If you scheduled your exam appointment, you must also contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account to cancel your exam.

Certification Maintenance Exam (CM) Information and Preparation

The CM examination takes approximately two hours, start to finish, and consists of 50 multiple-choice, single best answer format clinical practical questions with images. Diplomates take the CM exam in a private, secure location, using a webcam-equipped computer, via OnVUE online proctor (aka Remote Proctor). The CM examination will only be offered remotely, you will be unable to take the examination at a Pearson VUE center if your computer setup does not pass the system test or does not meet minimum requirements.

To read information about the OnVUE exam process, ID policy and perform a system check, please visit:

https://home.pearsonvue.com/abomp/onvue

For a more detailed description of the ABOMP CM exam, please visit:

https://abomp.org/introduction-certification-maintenance-cm

Certification Maintenance (CM) Exam Cancellation Policy

Submission of the CM application constitutes intent to sit for that year’s examination. If a diplomate applying for the CM examination chooses to cancel, there will be no refund of the examination fee.

If any of the following occurs, a diplomate will forfeit the entire examination fee:

  • Diplomate registers for the examination with ABOMP and does not schedule the examination with Pearson VUE by the scheduling deadline date.
  • Diplomate cancels the examination or does not appear for the examination on the scheduled examination date.
  • Diplomate arrives more than 15 minutes after the scheduled examination start time.

If a diplomate cancels the examination due to personal illness, the examination fee will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee. This must be verified by the diplomate’s personal physician and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by ABOMP within 30 days of the examination date. If the cancellation does not occur before the scheduled appointment time, an additional $100 Pearson VUE no-show fee will be withheld. Other extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you choose to cancel your examination, you must notify the ABOMP by email at Amanda@ABPath.org. If you scheduled your exam appointment, you must also contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account to cancel your exam.

Last updated 2022-04-27