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General Pediatrics Certifying Examination

The Certifying Examination in General Pediatrics is given once a year in the fall at Prometric testing centers located throughout the US, Canada, and abroad. The computer-based examination will consist of four sections with optional scheduled breaks between each section. The examination is seven hours in length; additional examination appointment time is necessary for registration.

Log into the ABP Portfolio to apply for the exam.

Important Information for all Candidates

Most Prometric testing centers in the United States and Canada have resumed testing at either full or limited occupancy. Masks must be worn for the duration of your time in the Prometric test center. All Prometric staff will wear masks, and test centers will operate with enhanced cleaning protocols. Exam candidates who are ill on the day of their scheduled exam appointment should contact the ABP and should not go to the test center. Please refer to Prometric website to determine what to expect at your testing center.

How to Apply

New Applicant
A new applicant for any initial certifying examination, is an individual who has never before applied for that specific certifying examination, or whose application was previously disapproved for that examination.

A re-registrant for any initial certifying examination is an individual whose application was accepted for that specific examination, but the individual did not take or pass the examination.

To apply for the exam, you must have an ABP Portfolio.

  • Log into your existing ABP Portfolio
  • Create an ABP Portfolio - You will need to have the following information on-hand to create your personal physician portfolio:
    • Full Name
    • Enter last four digits of Social Security or Social Insurance Number
    • Date of Birth
    • Name of school where final year of training completed
    • Valid email address

Applications for all certifying exams are available only via the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) website. Applicants may apply during the exam-specific registration periods only. Application payments are payable only via credit card (American Express, MasterCard or Visa). If you experience a technical difficulty, you must contact the ABP the same or next business day.

Refer to your online portfolio to monitor the status of your application. You can print a receipt of payment from the online portfolio. You can also view items missing from the application (if any), acceptance letters and the results of the exam. Although reminders of missing material will be sent by email, it is your responsibility to frequently review your portfolio to ensure the required material is received by the ABP by the published deadlines and to notify the ABP of email and mailing address changes.