A:Board Qualified status indicates that a
podiatric surgeon has passed the written examination for certification in
Foot Surgery or Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. Individuals who are
Board Qualified are not members of ABPS but are considered to be "in
progress." Board Qualified surgeons may not promote their status on
letterhead, publications, or other advertisements.
Board Certified status indicates that a podiatric surgeon has completed
written and oral examinations along with appropriate residency and case
requirements. Board Certified podiatric surgeons are members of ABPS and may
promote their status on letterhead, publications, or other advertisements.
For detailed information, see:
A:It lasts seven years from the time you pass
A:The best preparation is to review textbooks
and recent journals. We have a practice test available to get a sense of the
types of questions that appear on our examinations. For more information see
our study guide (Document
Review courses can be found online. However, ABPS does not endorse or
recommend any particular course.
A:You may go to the
deadlines section of our website to find the current dates for
examinations. Review appropriate
for eligibility requirements.
A:Please start by reading through the
documentation for the examination you will be taking. The ABPS documents are
the definitive source of information for each examination. It is imperative
that prospective candidates familiarize themselves with the relevant
documents before beginning the on-line application process. The documents
contain the specific requirements and step-by-step instructions to apply for
an examination. To download and read the documents, go to the
library section of our website.
Once you have read the documents and completed any necessary steps, you
can apply for
an examination online using your ABPS ID and password.
A:From your "My Account" page, go to the "My
Tasks" menu option then select "Apply for an Exam."
A:You must enter all of the required cases
before the oral examination options will appear. Please
note: Once your cases have been entered and your payment has been
made, you cannot alter your case list.
A:It doesn't matter how many you enter at
one sitting, however you will not be able to submit your cases until your
list is complete.
A:No, the application is completed and
A:A computer adaptive test is a computer-based
examination which is automatically tailored to the ability level of the
individual examinee. As each question is answered, the computer assesses the
response and selects the next question based on whether the previous answer
was right or wrong. Questions become progressively more or less difficult as
the program assesses and establishes your ability level. The difficulty
level of each question is determined by the question's statistical
performance in ABPS examinations. Computer adaptive testing is graded on the
level of difficulty achieved, not on the number of correct answers. Adaptive
testing uses a large pool of questions and your set of questions will be
unique to you.
A:Answering questions incorrectly will result
in an easier examination. However, since the examination is graded on
difficulty, not percentage of correct answers, purposefully answering
questions incorrectly will result in a lower score. To pass the examination,
you must answer every question to the best of your ability.