Part 2 Examination

The Part 2 Examination is designed to assess a candidate’s ability to demonstrate the attributes of an ABA diplomate when managing patients presented in clinical scenarios. The attributes are sound judgment in decision making and management of surgical and anesthetic complications, appropriate application of scientific principles to clinical problems, adaptability to unexpected changes in the clinical situations, and logical organization and effective presentation of information.
The exam is based on a guided question which includes a brief clinical history of a patient and emphasizes the scientific rationale underlying clinical management decisions. Candidates are expected to select and defend their plans of management. They must convince the examiners, ABA Directors and other diplomates, that their knowledge and judgment are sufficient to earn the confidence and respect of colleagues and patients.
The Part 2 Examination is administered multiple times each year at the ABA Assessment Center in Raleigh, N.C.

By completing the requirements for certification, you are eligible for 60 Category 1 CME Credits issued by the America Medical Association (AMA). These credits cannot be applied to the MOCA program, but can be applied to state medical board requirements. View more information at


Our Plan for the 2021 Exams

We recognize that cancelling Weeks 2-9 of the Part 2 Exam was an additional source of stress during an already stressful time. We appreciate the significance of this exam and its impact on candidates’ professional advancement. Our plans bear this in mind as we balance maintaining the integrity of the exam and the safety of everyone involved in its administration. Our intention is to examine all 2020 and 2021 candidates by the end of 2021, if we can safely do so. Click here to see what you need to know about the 2021 APPLIED/Part 2 Exam administration.