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Written Examination

Testing Dates, Application Deadline, Registration at Pearson Vue

Upcoming Test Date: May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 Test Update (published March 18, 2020)

Several of our Candidates who have tried calling Pearson Vue to register for the Written Exam have been unable to do so.  According to the Pearson Vue website:  Due to COVID-19 scheduling changes, our customer service wait-times are longer than usual right now. We appreciate your patience as we work to help you and other candidates.

The ABE still plans to hold the May 12, 2020 Written Exam as scheduled.

As of now, Pearson Vue testing centers plan to be open on that date.  If anything changes we will let you know via email, but be sure to check back here for updates.

What follows are instructions from Pearson Vue on how to register ONLINE.  PLEASE read and follow all of the instructions closely.  Failure to do so may result in an incomplete registration and subsequent inability to take the exam.

Scheduling and rescheduling via Web

A candidate must create a web account before he or she can schedule an appointment to take an exam. It can take up to 48 hours for a candidate’s Web account request to be processed, and for their user name and password to be emailed to them. After they receive this information, candidates can schedule, reschedule, and cancel exams online. They can also check their status, change their password, check which exams are offered, and look up testing center locations.

Important notes and Pearson Vue Registration Link for the ABE Written Exam:

A Candidate must know his or her MRA ID to create a Web account.
To minimize confusion, encourage candidates to go to your board’s specific Pearson VUE Web page. Note:  For ABE Candidates, that link is:

Confirmation letter

After registering for an appointment, the candidate will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail.  An example of the e-mail confirmation letter is shown below:


Jane Doe

This e-mail contains important information about the exam(s) you scheduled, the location and the rules. Please ensure these details are correct. If any information is not correct, please contact Pearson VUE immediately.

Appointment Details
Order Number: 0005-1233-1219

ABBA-C ABBA Certification Examination - English - (ENU)

Jane Doe
Candidate ID:
Registration ID:
20 January 2012
Time: *
08:00 AM
Appointment Length:
180 Minutes
* Time shown is test center local time.

Application Deadline

If you are planning on taking the 2020 Written Examination, we must receive your paperwork in the Central Office no later than February 12, 2020. No exceptions will be made.
You can download a Written Examination Registration Form on our Applications page.

Pearson Vue Registration

Please be aware that test center registration is done on a first-come-first-serve basis and that centers rapidly fill to capacity. Registration begins March 16, 2020 and is facilitated by Pearson Vue.

Selecting a Pearson Vue Testing Center

In association with Measurement Research Associates, Inc., and Pearson Vue, the ABE Written Examination is administered as a computer-based examination at Pearson Vue testing centers. Pearson Professional Test Centers are strategically located around the world, helping to eliminate the inconvenience and expense of air travel, hotel accommodations and additional time away from work. All of Pearson’s testing centers are uniform in size, equipment, appearance, and procedures, ensuring a consistent and secure examination experience for all Candidates. Testing center directions will be included in the confirmation letter.

Written Examination

The Written Examination contains 200 questions. Questions are multiple choice, consisting of a stem with four or five foils, and are designed to test recall skills and the Candidate’s ability to apply knowledge, interpret data and solve problems.

The subject areas include anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, general and oral pathology, microanatomy, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, pharmacology, vascular and neurophysiology, pulpal and periradicular pathophysiology, radiology, oral medicine, biostatistics, clinical endodontics, dental materials related to endodontics, related dental disciplines, and classic and current literature.

Download the Written Exam Guidelines