Establishing your mastery of clinical practice management and patient care

The APPLIED Exam includes the traditional Standardized Oral Examination (SOE) and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) component.

Physicians take this exam after passing the ADVANCED Exam.

Please review our FAQs for more information regarding our COVID vaccination policy for the APPLIED Exam.

The Traditional Standardized Oral Examination (SOE)

The SOE is based on guided questions that include a patient’s brief clinical history and emphasize the scientific rationale underlying clinical management decisions. You’ll participate in two 35-minute exam sessions that assess your judgment, adaptability to unexpected clinical changes, organization and presentation of information.

Note: If you completed residency training June 30 – Sept. 30, 2016, you would only take the SOE component.

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCEs assess communication and professionalism, and technical skills related to patient care. You’ll participate in seven eight-minute stations with four-minute breaks in between to review the next scenario. The sessions will be recorded for grading purposes.

Note: If you completed residency training on or after Oct. 1, 2016, you will take both the SOE and the OSCE components.

Requesting an alternate exam week

To request a change within the same calendar year, email us at to gain access to the “Exam Change” request form on your portal. You will then be able to submit:

  • A change request on your ABA GO portal under Account Settings > Add-On Services
  • The $500 exam change fee*

All online payments, including exam week change fees, are nonrefundable.

*If you have been issued an exam date and time, you will be required to pay the full exam cancellation fee of $1,750.

Upcoming Exams

2024 Exam Weeks

  • March 4-8
  • March 25-29
  • April 15-19
  • May 6-10
  • Sept. 9-12
  • Oct. 7-11

Nursing Mother Request Window

  • Nov. 5-Dec. 5, 2023
  • Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 2023
  • Dec. 17, 2023-Jan. 16, 2024
  • Jan. 7-Feb. 6, 2024
  • May 12-June 11, 2024
  • June 9-July 9, 2024

2025 Exam Weeks

March 3 – 7   |   March 31 – April 4   |   April 28 – May 2   |   May 19 – 23   |   Sept. 8 – 12   |
Oct. 20 – 24

Registration for the 2025 APPLIED Exam will become available in September 2024 and will not be operated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Look for additional information later this summer.

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