Dates, Fees & Registration

The Pain Medicine Examination is administered every year. Diplomates can register for the exam and submit their payment via their portal account. All deadlines shown below are based on 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Exam Dates

2019 PM Certification Examination: Sept. 14

Standard Registration March 1 - July 11, 2019 $1,600
Late Registration July 12 - Aug. 15, 2019 $2,100
Standard Re-Exam Fee March 1 - July 11, 2019 $1,200
Late Re-Exam Fee July 12 - Aug. 15, 2019 $1,700

2020 PM Examination: Sept. 12

Standard Registration TBD $1,800
Late Registration TBD $2,300
Standard Re-Exam Fee TBD $1,350
Late Re-Exam Fee TBD $1,850

Exam Score Verification Policy

We offer an exam score verification service to physicians who wish to have the accuracy of their reported examination scores verified. This service applies to all ABA certification examinations, including written and oral exams, and the OSCEs.

  • For written exams, the service is limited to verifying that the responses recorded and scored were those of the examinee and were correctly transformed into a scaled score.

  • For oral exams and the OSCEs, the service is limited to verifying that the scores assigned by examiners to the examinee’s performance were correctly recorded and transformed into a scaled score.

The exam score verification service is not a review of the exam content, what the correct answer or acceptable performance should be, the acceptability of testing site conditions or examiner style, or a reconsideration of the passing standard. In the case of oral examinations and OSCEs, examiners will not reevaluate the examinee performance.

We employ extensive and rigorous quality control procedures to ensure the accuracy of the exam results reported to our examinees and have no record of a discrepancy ever being detected; therefore, examinees are strongly discouraged from requesting this service.

If you wish to request the exam score verification service, please send a completed request form to us postmarked within six weeks of the official release date of your exam results. A check for $250 made payable to the American Board of Anesthesiology must accompany the request form. We will communicate the exam score verification outcome to you within six weeks of receiving your request.