In-Service Examination

The Academy offers the In-Service examination to periodontal programs across North America, so that programs directors and students can evaluate their overall learning acquisition and content-based strengths and developmental areas. The Academy relies on a cadre of highly qualified academicians and researchers to develop the examination content.

The In-Service examination is administered annually each spring. For more information, please contact your program director.

2021 Examination Schedule AND APPLICATION

Application deadline:

Jan. 15, 2021

Program Information Form to be completed by program director or disingee

Resident/Student Exam Application to be completed by resident/student when student is paying exam fee

Resident/Student Exam Application - Fee Paid by Institution to be completed by resident.student when program is paying exam fee

Exam administration: Feb. 22 – March 5, 2021

All students at your institution will take the exam on the same day. Please check with your postdoctoral program director to determine the exact day and time the exam will be administered at your institution.

Open book exams - on campus: March 8, 2021

The In-Service Examination is an AAP member benefit with non-member premium pricing.

Student Member rate:

Non-Member rate:



Residents may become Student members by completing the Student Membership application. We suggest they become Student members by Jan. 4, 2021, so their membership can be processed prior to their examination application.

Studying for the Examination

The Academy provides multiple study resources. Recommended study materials include current literature, past in-service examinations and other documents listed below. The symbol indicates a member only resource.

For More Information

If you have questions about the in-service examination, contact Tameisha Williams at or 800-282-4867.


Members Only Content: 
Not Member Only