Oral Examination Update

August 12, 2021

The next open examination is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2022. Oral examinations are traditionally held at the University of Illinois, Chicago. At this time, however, ABCN has not yet determined if it will be safe to travel for the Spring 2022 oral exams. The exams will take place in March/April; however, a final decision regarding specific dates and location/format remains pending.

June 22, 2021

Oral examinations are traditionally held at the University of Illinois, Chicago. At this time, however, ABCN has not yet determined if it will be safe to travel for the Fall 2021 oral exams. The exams will take place in late October/November; however, a final decision regarding specific dates and location/format remains pending. As soon as the exam schedule is known, eligible candidates will be contacted directly with instructions on how to proceed.

January 26, 2021

Colleagues,

In the interest of maintaining the safety of our community, ABCN will once again hold its next set of oral examinations virtually on May 6 and 7, 2021. Details pertaining to the virtual examination process will be provided to candidates at the time of scheduling.

It is anticipated that a second oral examination will also be offered later in 2021. Whether this exam, and other future oral examinations, will be held virtually is unclear and will depend upon the state of the pandemic. As before, candidates who would prefer to delay their oral examinations until a time that in-person examinations resume may do so without consequence. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

October 6, 2020

Colleagues,

Out of an abundance of caution, ABCN will continue to conduct oral examinations virtually in November 2020 and the first examination window of 2021 (dates soon to be provided). Additional details regarding the virtual examination process will be provided to candidates at the time of scheduling. As a reminder, the virtual examination process is optional; any candidates who would prefer to delay their oral examinations until a time that in-person examinations resume may do so without consequence. However, it should be noted that it is uncertain when in-person examinations may resume. Additional updates related to in-person examinations will be provided as they become available.

July 16, 2020

Due to increasing rates of COVID-19 transmissions in various regions of the United States, ABCN recently announced that all in-person oral examinations are postponed until further notice. ABCN has now developed a virtual online oral examination that will commence with a limited cohort of candidates on July 30, 2020. The first full examination window is scheduled from August 12-15, 2020 and will be followed by additional exams tentatively scheduled for November 2020 and early 2021.

Candidates who were originally scheduled for oral examination in April 2020 have been given priority in scheduling July/August exams. Candidates who were originally scheduled for in-person examination in August will be offered available slots in August or November, according to the order in which their Practice Samples were approved.

More information about the virtual examination process will be sent to candidates when they are scheduled for oral examination. The virtual examination process is optional and candidates who would prefer to delay their oral examinations until such time as in-person may be feasible once again may do so without consequence. Please note, however, that at this time it remains uncertain as to when ABCN may be in a place to resume in-person examinations.

June 30, 2020

ABCN remains committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our community. In consideration of the recent resurgence of COVID-19 transmissions that has been reported in various regions of the United States, and the concerns that have been expressed by candidates and examiners, all in-person oral examinations are postponed until further notice.

We recognize the frustration that this notification is likely to cause for those who recently agreed to participate in in-person examinations. ABCN is vigorously pursuing a virtual oral examination that will serve as an alternative to in-person examinations. Candidates will be notified as soon as possible when the virtual examination becomes available. Virtual examinations will be scheduled according to the date that candidates’ original examinations were first scheduled, with priority given to those who were originally scheduled to undergo examinations in April 2020. Every attempt will be made to notify candidates of available virtual examination dates a minimum of four weeks in advance.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these difficult times.

Best regards,

Kathleen Fuchs, Ph.D., ABPP
President, American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology