Next Part I Exam

August 5, 2024

Part I Certification Examination

The First Step to Board Certification

Serving as the capstone to your residency training, the ABPMR Part I Examination is designed to assess your medical knowledge across the spectrum of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Administered as a computer-based test on a single date at Pearson Professional Centers across the country, the Part I Examination assesses the knowledge and skills of candidates in a psychometrically valid manner.

Please note that the information on this page is a summary.

If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please contact the board office here.

The Exam

  • 325 questions
  • Two 3-hour sections
  • 60 minute break between sections
  • 6 hours active testing + tutorial and break

Step By Step

Part I Examination - Timeline

  • 1

    Meet all requirements to apply for the examination

  • 2

    Apply for the Part I Examination by logging into the ABPMR website

  • 3

    Receive admissibility notice from ABPMR via email with instructions to register for the examination

  • 4

    Register for an examination seat at a Pearson Professional Center near you (register early; spaces fill quickly following admissibility notices and you may have to choose a testing center in another city)

  • 5

    Take the examination

  • 6

    Get your results in 6-8 weeks

What to Expect on Exam Day

After applying for the Part I Examination, it's time to start preparing.

Click the link below for more information on registering for the exam and the logistics of exam day.

Part I Exam Day

Exam Dates & Fees

Application Windows & Fees

November 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024

  • $795 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee

February 1 - March 1, 2024

  • $795 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee



Exam Date

August 5, 2024