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 Family Medicine Certification process. The exam is administered by Prometric. You must apply to take the test 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.
The ABFM has cancelled all April 2020 Family Medicine Certification examinations. They will attempt to offer two examination cycles during this calendar year and will communicate that information once it is available. You can read more about this announcement at the ABFM’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates.
You can view the list of exam dates on the ABFM web site. We have included the exam schedule below:
|Exam Dates||Registration for ABFM Exam Must Occur Between…||Schedule a Seat Between…||Tentative Examination Results|
|Spring 2020: Apr. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, and 21||Dec. 6, 2019 and Mar. 2, 2020 (late fee after Jan. 27, 2020)||Dec. 6, 2020 and Feb. 15, 2020||Jun. 12, 2020|
|Fall 2020: Nov. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14||Jul 17 and Sep. 14, 2020 (late fee after Aug. 24)||Jul 17 and Sep. 14, 2020||Dec. 31, 2020|