ABFM Exam: Initial Certification and Maintenance of Certification

The ABFM exam is a computer-based exam that is typically offered two times each year and is part of the Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) process. The exam is administered by Prometric. You must apply to take the test (online applications are available) and, once your application is accepted, you may schedule your exam date, exam center, and seat location. There are nearly 350 Prometric testing locations in the United States and Canada (as well as 140 international locations) where you can take the ABFM exam.

Schedules and exam fees are listed on the ABFM website. We have included the current ABFM exam schedule below:

Exam DatesRegistration for ABFM Exam Must Occur Between…Schedule a Seat Between…
Fall 2016: Nov. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19Jul. 22 and Sep.15, 2016 (late fee after Aug. 22)Jul. 22 and Sep. 15, 2016
Spring 2017: Apr. 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19Dec. 2, 2016 and Feb. 24, 2017 (late fee after Jan. 20)Dec. 2, 2016 and Feb. 10, 2017
Fall 2017: Nov. 6, 7, 8, 10 & 11Jul. 21 and Sep. 15, 2017 (late fee after Aug. 25)Jul. 21 and Sep. 15, 2017