How do I learn more about the Qualifying Examination?
Please review the Guidelines for Certification for detailed information on the exam or contact us for more information.
The ABP 2023 Qualifying Examination will be administered Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27, 2023.
Candidates must submit a completed application packet, which includes:
Have you completed your perio program?
This is sufficient evidence of completion.
The ABP will accept an official letter signed by the Program Director AND Dean (or equivalent administrative official) that specifies “successful completion of an educational program in Periodontology, which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.”
Your Program Director must submit the following signed statement: “It is anticipated that Dr. ____ will satisfy all requirements and successfully complete the program in Periodontics in [month, year]. Permission is hereby granted to register for the [year] ABP Qualifying Examination.”
Candidates must provide evidence that they will complete, or have completed, an approved educational program in periodontics.
Completed applications and the payment of a non-refundable application fee must be submitted no later than November 20.
The ABP will review all applications received and inform candidates of their approval.
Candidates will be able to schedule a seat at a nearby Pearson VUE testing center once applications are approved and exam registration opens.
The Qualifying Examination is a multiple-choice exam that covers a broad range of information relating to the science and art of periodontology. Subject areas include, but are not limited to: basic sciences, oral medicine, oral pathology, periodontal histology and pathology, periodontal literature, epidemiology/statistics, and application to clinical practice.
The American Board of Periodontology distributes results to candidates four to six weeks after the exam dates.
Please note: candidates may not register for the Oral Examination until they receive the results of the Qualifying Examination.
The Qualifying Examination is a multiple-choice exam that covers a broad range of information relating to the science and art of periodontology. The Qualifying Examination Outline can be found in the Qualifying Examination Candidate Guide.
The American Board of Periodontology will attempt to administer the Qualifying Examination as scheduled. Should the ABP cancel the Qualifying Examination or be prevented from appropriately administering the examination at the appointed time and location, the ABP will not be responsible for any expense incurred by candidates in connection with the Qualifying Examination or any substitute Qualifying Examination.
Access the Pearson VUE demo test, which will provide an opportunity for you to learn how to navigate your way through computer-based examinations.
2023 OE Registration Closes: 10/31/22
2023 QE Registration Closes: 11/20/22
2023 QE: January 23 - 27, 2023
2023 OE: May 1 - 5, 2023