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ABP Pediatric Board Certification Examination


American board of pediatrics (ABP) conducts the General pediatrics certification exam in the month of October every year. The ABP certifying board exam is given to first time exam takers who have finished their pediatric residency training. The Pediatric board certification is valid for seven years after which physicians will have to recertify by taking the PMCP (Program for Maintenance of Certification in Pediatrics) recertification exam.

In this article we will review some important information on registering for the ABP Pediatric board exam, pediatric board review courses and tips on preparing for the Pediatric boards.

Applications for the Pediatric certifying exam can only be submitted online. Apply for ABP Pediatrics board exam online.

American board of pediatrics certification exam is a one-day test given in a limited number of cities in the U.S.

There are two sessions, each of 3 1/2 hours' duration with a lunch break between sessions. The board examination consists of multiple-choice questions.

Eligibility to sit for ABP Pediatric board exam depends on applicants fulfilling several requirements. Click here to view ABP requirements for the pediatric boards.

USMLE Step 3: Is it required for ABP board exam?

Yes, you should have completed the USMLE Step 3 exam. Plan to take the Step 3 exam early in the second year of your Pediatric residency (PGY 2). Once you pass the USMLE Step 3 exam, you can start the process of getting a permanent medical license. If you get a high score, this will also help you in your Fellowship or Job search.

Permanent Medical Licensure: Is it required for ABP board exam?


Yes, you must have a valid, unrestricted, permanent medical license to be eligible to sit for the board exam. ABP will not accept temporary license or training permits. Plan to apply and get your permanent medical license well ahead of the deadline.

Completion of your Pediatric Residency training

To be eligible to take the Pediatric board exam, you should complete your pediatric residency training successfully by Oct 1 of the year of the board exam. You must also fulfill all other requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics.


Change of address

Notify American board of pediatrics about any change of address promptly by sending an e-mail to abpeds@abpeds.org . Your e-mail should include your name, social security number, old address, new address, telephone number and date when you want the address change to be effective. This will ensure that you receive your board exam admission permit and results to the correct address.


American Board of Pediatrics Contact information

The American Board of Pediatrics 111 Silver Cedar Court Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Telephone: (919) 929-0461 Fax: (919) 929-9255 Business Hours: (8:30am-5:00pm ET) E-mail: abpeds@abpeds.org


ABP Pediatrics Board exam content

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American board of Pediatrics has published the content area of the board exam and the approximate percentage of questions that you can expect from each topic. This will help you focus your energy and resources towards these high yield areas. Click here to view ABP Board exam questions content.


2011 ABP General Pediatrics Examination

Schedule & Fees for ABP General Pediatrics certification examination. Pediatric boards (10 October 2011). New Applicants / First time takers

  • December 2, 2010 - February 24, 2011 = Register for ABP exam (Total fees $2105)
  • February 25, 2011 - May 5, 2011 = Late registration (Total $2430)


Schedule & Fees for ABP Pediatrics examination. For Re-Registrants / Repeat exam takers

  • February 15, 2011 - May 5, 2011 = Re-Register for ABP exam (Total fees $2105)
  • May 6, 2011 - May 26, 2011 = Late registration (Total $2430)


Pediatric boards data from prior years

  • ABP has certified 77,328 diplomats in General Pediatrics and 14,707 diplomats in pediatric sub specialties.
  • Among the Pediatricians who take the ABP board test, 66% go into general pediatric practice and 24 % go into pediatric subspecialties.
  • 3007 Pediatricians take the ABP boards on average every year. Of these, American medical graduates accounted for 82.5% (2481) and International medical graduates accounted for 17.5% (526). Gender wise - males 40% and Females 60%.
  • The total number of Pediatric Residents currently in training programs in the United States is 9731.
  • The average age at the time of ABP board certification for pediatricians is about 36 years for International medical graduates and 32 years for American medical graduates.


ABP Pass rate for prior years

ABP exam pass rate from prior years


Useful Pediatric Links


  • American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP website provides several useful articles on Pediatrics, medical education information, useful links, opportunities for career enhancement, networking, personal benefits and privileges. AAP mailing address: American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 NW Point Blvd., P.O. Box 927, Elk Grove Village, IL 60009-0927. Tel (847) 434-4000, Fax 847) 434-8000.
  • Pediatric immunization information: Visit this site for the current vaccine recommendations, childhood immunization schedule, influenza vaccine recommendations and other useful information.
  • PediaLink - Pediatric CME Information: Get important problem solving skills and learning resources. Discover information on American academy of Pediatrics sponsored and other Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences. You will find both live and online conferences.
  • Click here for ABP Pediatric boards preparation and study tips
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