American Board of Dermatology

The American Board of Dermatology exists to serve the public by setting high standards for dermatologists to earn and maintain Board certification. The American Board of Dermatology is a voluntary, non-profit, private, autonomous organization formed for the primary purpose of protecting the public interest by establishing and maintaining high standards of training, education and qualifications of physicians rendering care in dermatology. The objective of its activities is to provide assurance that a diplomate of the Board possesses and maintains the knowledge and skills essential for the provision of superior, specialized care to patients with cutaneous diseases.


If you applied to take the ABD’s 2020 Certification Exam, and your application was approved, you are eligible to sit for the exam at Prometric in October 2020.


ABD 2020 Certification Exam candidates have the option to take the exam either at a Prometric Test Center or via ProProctor™, Prometric’s remote proctoring system. Candidates do not need to pay a fee to Prometric when scheduling an exam.

Test Center

To schedule your exam in a Prometric Test Center, click here. View this short video to learn more about the Test Center experience.

Remote Proctoring

To schedule a remotely proctored exam, you must first ensure your computer meets the technical specifications. Click here to perform a system check. After verifying your computer, click here to schedule your remote exam. View this short video to learn more about the ProProctor™ experience. 

Reschedule/Cancel Policy

In fairness to all candidates booking appointments, you must reschedule/cancel your exam at least 5 days before your appointment date. There is a $50 fee (paid to Prometric) for changing an appointment 5 to 29 days before your appointment date. There is no charge for changing or cancelling more than 29 days before your appointment date. 

For appointment changes within 5 days of the appointment date, your appointment cannot be changed in the Prometric system. You must contact the ABD to discuss options for securing an alternate appointment date.


           Click here to reschedule a Test Center appointment.

           Click here to reschedule a remote proctor appointment.


           Click here to cancel an appointment.

Important Test Day Tips

Review your appointment confirmation email to confirm your appointment time.

Arrive for your exam at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time, regardless of whether your appointment is at a Test Center or remotely proctored.

For Test Center appointments, review driving directions. Allow sufficient travel time including traffic, parking, locating the test center, and checking in. Depending on the location of the testing facility, parking fees may apply. Prometric does not validate parking.

Bring a valid, non-expired government-issued ID with a current photo and signature. The name on the identification must match the name that appears on your exam application. If there is a discrepancy, please notify the ABD as soon as possible. Your middle name is not considered when matching the name on your ID to your application. 

Prometric is unable to provide a completely noise-free environment. Consider bringing your own soft ear plugs or use the test center-provided head phones.

Optional breaks are scheduled during the exam, including a 15 minute break between sections 1 and 2; a 1-hour lunch break between sections 2 and 3 and a 15-minute break between sections 3 and 4. Opting out of a break does not increase the time allotted for each exam section.

Need More Information?

For more information about the ABD’s 2020 Certification Exam, please contact the ABD by phone (617.910.6400 x 4) or email (