Qualifying Examination

Pearson Vue Testing Center


The ABP 2021 Qualifying Examination will be administered on Monday, August 16th - Friday, August 20th, 2021.  Application deadline is June 15, 2021.

Completed ABP Qualifying Examination Application Form, ABP Qualifying Exam Attestation Form, and ABP Qualifying Exam Credentials Form, along with the non-refundable Examination Fee of $850.00 must be received by the application deadline of June 15th. As part of the application evidence of completion of an ADA accredited program in Periodontics must be submitted with the application.  This consists of a copy of the candidate's certificate or an official letter signed by the Program Director and Dean (or equivalent administrative officer)  that specifies "successful completion of an educational program in Periodontology, which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  Candidates unable to obtain verification of successful completion of their program due to research requirements (M.S., M.S.D.) or clinical requirements must have their Program Director submit the following statement with the Program Director's signature, "It is anticipated that Dr. __________ will satisfy all requirements and successfully complete the program in Periodontics prior to the ABP Qualifying Examination".  Under these circumstances candidates will be permitted to take the ABP Qualifying Examination and receive their results.  However, candidates must submit evidence of successful completion of their program  (certificate or letter stating they HAVE successfully completed their program signed by BOTH the Program Director and the Dean, (or equivalent administrative officer), before applying for and taking the Oral Examination.  Acceptance of submitted documentation is at the sole discretion of the Board.

The ABP Qualifying Examination is a one-day  (5 hour seat time) examination offered on two days at Pearson Vue regional testing centers.  The American Board of Periodontology (ABP) will attempt administration of 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 of the candidate in connection with the Qualifying Examination and any substitute Qualifying Examination.  Perspective candidates are encouraged to download and review the ABP Guidelines for Certification.

Registering for the Qualifying Exam at a Testing Center

Approved candidates for the ABP Qualifying Examination MUST receive written notification from the Board office before contacting Pearson Vue.  Candidate approval for registration will be delivered to Pearson Vue a few days after candidate application is approved by ABP.  Pearson Vue will begin accepting APPROVED candidate's request for testing center beginning June 18th. Candidate's will not be able to schedule their exam seat time with a testing center until Pearson receives candidate approval information from ABP.  Approved candidates will receive instructions on how to register to take the exam at the candidate's chosen testing center along with required candidate's number needed for registration.

All reservations are on a first-come-first served basis; placement at some centers may be in high demand.   After registration with Pearson Vue is complete candidate will receive a confirmation letter via email or postal mail.  Candidates are required to bring the Pearson Vue confirmation letter with them to the testing center on the day of their exam along with two (2) VALID FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION.  Both forms must be in the candidate's name, as it appears on the confirmation letter, must have the candidate's signature and, at least one of them must have a photo of the candidate.  Candidates should arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled exam appointment time to give adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.  Candidates will be required to review, sign, and agree to follow the Pearson Vue Candidate Rules Agreement.

Format and Content

The ABP Qualifying Examination is administered as a computer-based test at Pearson Vue testing centers, in association with Measurement Research Associates, Inc. The Web site of Measurement Research Associates has general information about computer based testing and answers to frequently asked questions, as well as practice taking the exam using the Computer Based Testing Tutorial.  The examination is a  multiple-choice test that covers a broad range of information relating to the science and art of periodontology.  The Qualifying Examination Outline can be found in the Guidelines for Certification.  Subject areas include basic sciences, oral medicine, oral pathology, periodontal histology and pathology, periodontal literature, epidemiology/statistics and clinical practice.

Examination Scoring

Evaluation of performance on the examination is criterion based and done in consultation with Measurement Research Associates, Inc.  Examination questions are not released, and all questions are copyrighted by the American Board of Periodontology. 

Candidate Withdrawal

Candidates who request to withdraw from the ABP Qualifying Examination with valid reason and have paid the Examination Fee must submit their request to withdraw in writing to the Board office prior to 24 hours of the exam date.   At the time of withdrawal candidates may request to keep their application on file for the next date the ABP Qualifying Examination will be administered by submitting the request in writing along with the required $150.00 re-application fee.  The $150.00 re-application fee must be paid at the time written notice is submitted.  Please note, all fees are non-refundable.

Candidates who fail to appear for a scheduled test with Pearson Vue Testing Centers, who arrive more than fifteen minutes after the scheduled test start time and cannot be accommodated at the testing center, or who cancel a test less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled test start time will void their application status and must restart the application process by submitting a new completed application, attestation, credential forms, and application fee the Board office.

Exam Results

Candidates will be notified of the results within 4-6 weeks following completion of the exam period. The Board’s Executive Director of Examination will send examination results in writing to the candidate by postal mail. Candidates are solely responsible for notifying the Board office of any change in mailing address, to ensure the timely delivery of results. Candidates must not telephone the Board office for examination results. Examination results will not be provided over the phone, by facsimile, or email.  Candidates who fail the exam may discuss results with the Executive Director of Examination by calling the Board office at 312-682-0909 for an appointment.

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