Retake Exam Application

Examination Failure

  • Any candidate failing greater than 50% of the sections of Part A or Part B must retake that entire examination, whether Part A or Part B.

  • Any candidate failing less than 50% of the sections of Part A or of Part B may retake only those sections that were unsuccessful.

  • A candidate may re-test either exam (Part A or Part B) twice. A candidate has a total of three (3) attempts to complete either Part A or Part B.

  • A candidate may be admitted for re-examination within a period of three (3) years following the original examination (i.e. either Part A or Part B).

  • If the candidate cannot pass the examination after three attempts, The candidate must retake the entire exam: that is BOTH Part A and Part B. The candidate must initiate a new application process including new fees and the candidate may be required to show proof of additional training set forth by the Board to qualify for additional examinations.

  • There is a non-refundable re-examination fee for each Part A and Part B (see fee guide).

Requirements for ABOM Certification are as follows:

Section 1. General Requirements

  1. Moral and ethical standing satisfactory to the Board.
  2. Graduation from an oral medicine program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and recognized by the American Board of Oral Medicine.
  3. License to practice dentistry in any state or territory of the United States or in any nation with equivalent standards.
  4. Membership in good standing in any oral medicine association/group.

Section 2. Specific Requirements

  1. A candidate for retaking the Part A Board examination must be currently enrolled in the 2nd year of an accredited oral medicine program or candidates who have completed an accredited oral medicine program, belong to an oral medicine group or association and has already taken and not passed the Part A exam. 
  2. A candidate for retaking any part of Part B (or concurrent Parts A and B) Board certification must have obtained a certificate of successful completion of postgraduate study in oral medicine from a program accredited by the American Board of Oral Medicine, belong to an oral medicine group or association and has already taken and not passed the Part B exam.
  3. A candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the examination requirements of the Board.

Apply to Retake ABOM Certification Exam

Upcoming Exams

2023 AAOM Annual Conference

May 2-6, 2023 in Savannah, Georgia

Dates and times are subject to change.

Before You Can Proceed:

The following must be received prior to the deadline in order to sit for the exam:
  1. Re-examination fee payment ($750.00 USD)
  2. Completed re-examination application form.
  3. Evidence of membership in good standing with an oral medicine group or association.

Apply for the 2023 ABOM Certification Exam Retake

The ABOM Certification Exam Retake will take place in-person at the 2023 AAOM Annual Conference in Savannah, GA. Dates for each part of the exam are listed below. More details on the precise schedule and how to prepare for the exam coming soon.

  • Part A: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Part B: Wedenesday, May 3, 2023

Applications for 2023 will open in late fall of 2022.


Waiting to hear back regarding your exam application?

Exam applications are being accepted though the deadline. Notifications regarding acceptance will be emailed to applicants within one to two weeks after the application deadline has passed. 

Applicants must confirm their intention to appear for the examination by notifying the Secretary of the Board and remitting the examination fee for the Part(s) they have been accepted to take. All fees are payable to the American Board of Oral Medicine, Inc. A fee of $50.00 will be charged if the examination fee is not received within 30 days of the examination.