Oral Exam

Dates and Fees

  • Oral Certification Examination

The third step for ABEM certification is the Oral Certification Examination. The oral exam is a standardized test of Emergency Medicine knowledge, using scenarios based on actual clinical cases.

The Oral Exam measures skills that cannot be tested on a multiple choice exam. It's important that ABEM-certified physicians can clearly communicate with patients and their families, organize information about patients, and make good choices for patient management.

ABEM Virtual Oral Exam

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exam is currently being administered in a virtual format. Candidates will be notified by ABEM when they are assigned to an administration of the virtual Oral Exam. ABEM is continuing to monitor the state of the pandemic and will provide additional information on the Oral Exam format in the future. Learn more.

Review Frequently Asked Questions

To best display your EM knowledge on the day of the exam, complete the following steps:

These materials will provide you with the information you need to prepare for, attend, and take the Oral Certification Examination.