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ABO Report

PCSO News and Events

American Board of Orthodontics
Report, Spring 2021

Dr. Jae Hyun Park
PCSO Bulletin Editor-in-Chief

ABO Yearly Update
Clinical Exam Update
The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)
conducted clinical examinations in February and
November 2020. A total of 706 examinees were
certified or recertified between January 1, 2020,
and February 1, 2021. A complete listing of names
by constituency is located on the ABO website.
The ABO currently represents 49% of American
Association of Orthodontists (AAO) membership.
The February 2020 clinical examination was held
in St. Louis in the scenario-based oral clinical examination format. However, in response to safety
requirements recommended by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention due to COVID-19,
an alternative testing option for the clinical
examination was identified and announced in
July 2020. The July 2020 clinical examination was
canceled, with examinees having the opportunity
to reschedule to a future examination.
Beginning with the November 2020 clinical
examination and 2021 clinical exams scheduled in
February, July, and November, the examinations
will occur at Scantron testing centers worldwide. Travel to St. Louis will not be required. The
examination will continue to be administered
in a scenario-based format with the same exam
components and testing criteria. The validity of
the exam will be maintained, with changes made
only to accommodate how answers are submitted. Exams will continue to be scored by multiple ABO examiners to ensure the accuracy and
consistency of each exam section.
All future examinations are full with wait-lists,
except for November 2021, which is currently
open. Complete details regarding the clinical
examination, study materials, and how to prepare
can be found on the ABO website.
Certification Renewal
Certification renewal is an important component of the board certification process, requiring ongoing proficiency in orthodontics and a

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commitment to lifelong learning. To maintain
an active board certification status, certification
renewal is required every 10 years. Individuals
may register for this exam up to 2 years before
their expiration date. Please view the following
motion graphic video created to outline the
certification renewal process (https://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=wDL109ZobqY&t=12s).
Additional details and requirements for completing this examination are located on the ABO
website.
Written Examination Update
The ABO written examination was administered
to 409 examines throughout the United States
and Canada on June 5 and 6, 2020. The reliability
of the exam was 87%, with a 99% pass rate.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the original
testing date, April 17, 2020, was rescheduled, and
the exam format was a live, online-proctored test
administered through Scantron/Examity. This
change allowed examinees to complete the exam
from their personal computer with strict security
measures in place.
Registration for the next written examination
closed on January 22, 2021. The exam is scheduled for April 6, 2021, at Scantron testing centers throughout the United States and Canada.
Examination eligibility requirements and exam
resources can be found on the ABO website. An
important reminder is that once the written
examination is successfully completed, it never
expires and does not need to be retaken.
The College of Diplomates of the American Board
of Orthodontics (CDABO)
Because of COVID-19, CDABO canceled in-person
prep courses for the ABO scenario-based clinical
exams. The ABO and CDABO continue to collaborate to ensure all Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited orthodontic programs
in the United States and Canada have at least one
assigned volunteer advocate to promote board
certification.

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