Everything to Know About the ABOG 2020 Certifying Exam Changes

October 19, 2020
Instead of the 2020 ABOG oral boards being administered in January and February 2021, ABOG is transitioning to a computer-based exam offered on February 2 and May 11, 2021. This is a temporary change to prioritize safety and minimize health risks for candidates, examiners, and staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wondering how to prepare for this new Specialty Certifying Exam format? The Certifying Exam Qbank was created to help you earn your OB/GYN board certification.
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Updated January 2021

Why is the ABOG Certifying Exam format changing?

The new computer-based exam is being administered on February 2, 2021, out of concern for the health and safety of all exam participants and volunteers. A virtual version of the in-person, oral exam is not feasible for early 2021.

In December 2020, an additional date of May 11, 2021, was added due to current indoor capacity restrictions in some states.

Do I need to reapply for the ABOG Certifying Exam?

No. If you’ve already registered, you do not need to apply again.

Can I change my test date from February to May?

If you prefer to take your exam on May 11, you can log in to your Pearson account and change your reservation.

What topics will the ABOG Certifying Exam cover?

According to the ABOG website, the exam will contain 30% obstetrics, 30% gynecology, 30% office practice, and 10% cross content. A list of topics can be found in the 2020 Specialty Certifying Exam Bulletin.

How will the ABOG Certifying Exam be formatted?

The exam will contain multiple-choice, clinically based questions following the Specialty Certifying Exam blueprint.

How long is the ABOG Certifying Exam?

Up to 4 hours.

How many questions will be on the ABOG Certifying Exam?

Approximately 200.

How can I prepare for the ABOG Certifying Exam?

The Certifying Exam Qbank was created to address this unique situation. It contains 2,000 ABOG-formatted questions that follow the ABOG Specialty Certifying Exam blueprint. 

For tips about how to best study with a Qbank, read How to Boost Your ABOG Exam Score.

What if I would rather take the in-person, oral exam?

You can roll your fees and registration to the 2021 Certifying Exam cycle, which is planned to resume as in-person, oral exams. You may also withdraw from the exam and receive a refund, if you prefer. Contact exams@abog.org.

Will future Certifying Exams be offered as computer-based exams?

No, this is a one-time change due to COVID-19. 

Disclaimer: Rosh Review is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with ABOG. We have no unique insight into the 2020 Certifying Exam other than what is publicly available through ABOG’s website and emails.

Learn more about Rosh Review’s OB/GYN Qbanks here.

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By Charmian Lewis, MD

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