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Staged Exams Traditional Exams
The ABA is transitioning to a new assessment program that will complement the movement of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) toward competency-based training and promotion.


Candidates who began the four-year continuum of education in anesthesiology on or after July 2012 and will complete residency training on or after June 30, 2016, will take the staged exams. The BASIC Examination will be offered to residents at the end of their CA-1 year. After graduation from residency training, candidates will take the ADVANCED Examination. The traditional Part 2 (Oral) Examination will become the APPLIED Examination. Beginning in 2018, its content and format will change to include elements of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in addition to the traditional Standardized Oral Examination (SOE) questions.
Candidates who complete their residency training before June 30, 2016 will take the traditional Part 1 (Written) Examination and the Part 2 (Oral) Examination. The Part 1 Examination will be offered to candidates after they graduate from residency training. The Part 2 Examination will be administered several times each year at the new ABA Assessment Center in Raleigh, N.C. Even though the exams are offered multiple times throughout each year, candidates may only register for one Part 2 Examination per year.