A Time for Change

Announcing the New ABO Scenario-Based

Oral Clinical Examination


The American Board of Orthodontics is proud to announce a change to the current certification process.  Following extensive research and collaboration, we identified the need to improve our testing methodology to assess clinical proficiency and critical thinking skills to ensure that each certified orthodontist has developed exceptional expertise and is capable of providing the highest level of patient care.  We believe this change is in the best interest of the specialty and the general public – and we believe the time is now to make this change. 


We recognize the significance of this change and welcome you to learn more about the new examination, how we made this decision, what this means for you and how you can prepare for the examination in the future. 


New Exam Design

Why Change

Exam Timing

How to Prepare