ABS Qualifying and Training Exams

General Surgery Qualifying Exam and ABSITE

General Surgery Qualifying Exam
The Qualifying Examination (QE) is a computer-based examination offered annually by the American Board of Surgery. The examination consists of approximately 300 multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge of general surgical principles and the basic sciences applicable to surgery. The one-day, eight-hour examination is held at computer-testing facilities across the United States. Results are posted and mailed approximately three to four weeks after the examination. For more information on the QE, visit the American Board of Surgery website.

ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE)
The American Board of Surgery annually offers the In-Training Examination (ABSITE) to surgery residency programs. This is a written, multiple-choice examination designed to measure the progress attained by residents in their knowledge of basic science and the management of clinical problems related to general surgery. The ABSITE is furnished to program directors as an evaluation instrument to assess residents' progress. The results are released only to program directors. The ABSITE is not available to individual residents and is not required as part of the certification process. For more information on the ABSITE, visit the American Board of Surgery website.

Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination and VSITE

Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination
The Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination is a computer-based test offered annually by the American Board of Surgery. The approximately 240 multiple-choice question examination is designed to assess the applicant's cognitive knowledge. The one-day, six-hour examination is held at computer-testing facilities across the United States. Results are posted and mailed approximately four weeks after the examination. For more information, visit the American Board of Surgery website.

Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE)
The Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) is offered annually to ACGME-accredited vascular surgery training programs to measure the progress attained by residents in their knowledge of vascular surgery. It is a five-hour, web-based examination containing approximately 200 multiple-choice questions. The exam is furnished to programs as an evaluation instrument to assess residents' progress. Results are released only to program directors. It is not available to individual residents and is not required as part of the board certification process. For more information, visit the American Board of Surgery website.