Next Part II Exam

September 12 - September 13, 2020

Part II Certification Examination

The Final Step to Board Certification

As the final step to earning your board certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the ABPMR Part II Certification Examination goes beyond a test of knowledge.

Rather than selecting from a set of options as in the Part I Examination, Part II candidates apply the medical knowledge they’ve accumulated over their training to come up with their own answers and strategies for managing specific patient scenarios.

In fact, psychometric data analyses continue to show that the Part II Examination evaluates different skills than the Part I Examination. The oral exam tests how a candidate applies their medical knowledge in the competencies taught in residency training including patient management, problem solving, systems-based practice and interpersonal and communication skills.

The ABPMR Part II Examination is offered annually around mid-May in Rochester, Minnesota. (Why Rochester? We invite you to view the video below to find out.)

Read on for more information on the application process and logistics of the exam, and please don’t hesitate to contact the board office with any questions.

The Exam

  • Three 40 minute examination sessions
  • 1 examiner per session
  • One 5-minute breaks between each session
  • 130 minutes active testing time + breaks

Step By Step

Part II Examination - Timeline

  • 1

    Pass the ABPMR Part I Examination

  • 2

    Ensure you have an unrestricted license to practice medicine in all states where licensed

  • 3

    Apply for the ABPMR Part II Examination by logging in to your physician homepage

  • 4

    Receive admissibility notice from ABPMR

  • 5

    By February, receive notice from ABPMR of assigned date and time of your Part II Examination

  • 6

    Make travel (airline and hotel) arrangements for Rochester, Minnesota

  • 7

    Travel to Rochester and take the Part II Examination, consisting of three 40-minute oral examinations conducted back-to-back

  • 8

    Get your results in 6-8 weeks

  • 9

    If you passed, get your certificate in 12-18 weeks

For complete information on examination eligibility and application requirements, read the ABPMR Booklet of Information regarding primary and subspecialty certification.

Download Booklet of Information

What to Expect on Exam Day

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

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

Part II Exam Day

Exam Dates & Fees

Application Windows & Fees

September 15 - November 16, 2019

  • $1310 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee

November 17 - December 15, 2019

  • $1310 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee



Exam Dates

September 12 - September 13, 2020