ABS Computer-Based Testing

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge. The ABS offers computer-based examinations through Pearson VUE for its examinations in general surgery, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery and surgical critical care.

Certification Application

Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:

  1. Applied for certification or recertification through the ABS website and had the application approved;
  2. Registered for the examination, including payment of an examination fee to the ABS;
  3. Received an Examination Admission Authorization letter from the ABS.


Examinees may schedule their test appointment online or by telephone. To schedule online, you must first create a Pearson VUE web account. Please note that account creation may require up to 24 hours. You will be notified by e-mail when your account is activated.

To schedule your test and to create an online account, you will need the Candidate ID from your Examination Admission Authorization letter. Test appointments may be made up to one business day in advance, but be aware that many test centers fill prior to the examination period.

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

You will need to bring your ABS Examination Admission Authorization letter and two forms of ID (one must have a photo and both must have signatures) to the test center with you. The name on the IDs must match the name on the letter.

Last updated 2016-05-31