ABS In-Training Exam (ABSITE)

Scoring well on the ABSITE has a major impact on resident promotion. Moreover, failing to score within the 50th percentile or better will warrant academic probation or remediation.

ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE) Overview

What Is The ABSITE?

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) certifies physicians in general surgery and surgical sub-specialties. The ABS In-Training Exam (ABSITE) is offered annually to residents in general surgery, and is administered using each program's own computer facilities. The ABSITE evaluates a resident's knowledge and management of clinical problems related to surgical procedures. It is a 5-hour computer-based exam, which consists of approximately 250 multiple-choice questions. There are no scheduled breaks during the exam, and examinees may return to past questions during the exam.

What Content Does The ABSITE Cover?

The content of the ABSITE aligns with the SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery. Content categories are broadly divided into vascular surgery, abdominal, and alimentary tract. General medical knowledge is also tested, including anesthesia, biostatistics, fluids, geriatric surgery, immunology, minimally invasive surgery, oncology, pharmacology, preoperative evaluation and perioperative care, radiology, ethics, and more.

How Important is The ABSITE?

Scoring well on the ABSITE is important. Failure to score within the 50th percentile or better on the ABSITE will warrant academic probation or remediation. Moreover, ABSITE scores have a major impact on resident promotion. Certification in general surgery is required for certification in pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgery of the hand, hospice and palliative medicine, and complex general surgical oncology.

Why You Should Choose MED LEARNITY For ABSITE Tutoring

Personalized Learning

We invest the time to assess your personal needs and pair you with the ABSITE tutor who will be a perfect fit. All tutoring sessions are customized for you: lesson plans, study schedules, test-taking drills, and homework. All sessions are emailed to you to maximize your learning and retention. 

Real Doctors

Our team is made up of actual, practicing physicians who have trained at the top hospitals in the country. Our team is unrivaled because our daily practice of medicine allows us to understand the current state of medicine, residency, and admissions -- and use our expertise to help you excel.

Proven Results

We have helped over 500+ aspiring doctors achieve their goals on high-stakes exams. Many of our students return for tutoring for subsequent exams as they realize the value of our services. We are confident that your performance will significantly improve after working with us.

What To Expect

At Medlearnity, Students Come First. We understand preparing for the ABSITE can be intimidating and deeply personal (to say the least). Therefore, we approach every student's situation with our utmost attention to detail to see how we can best assist you. Whether you are having challenges meeting your performance goals, have already failed the ABSITE, or simply want to make sure you are on a path to success, our team is available to share our perspective. We hope you feel the 'Students First' mentality at Medlearnity from the quality of your sessions and expertise of our team.

What to Expect

  • An ABSITE tutor who is an expert educator who has scored exceptionally well on the ABSITE exam (90+ percentile)
  • We meet with you on an easy-to-access online platform that allows us to write on the screen like a whiteboard. All tutoring session recordings are emailed to you after the session in HD quality, so you can review them on 1.5x or 2x speed at your convenience. This helps to maximize your learning and retention for each tutoring session.
  • Constant communication and scheduling via email and phone in-between sessions. We will make sure your daily schedule is extremely efficient so that you can get the highest score possible on test day.
  • Test-taking advice and drills. During your tutoring sessions, you will do intense drills with your tutor to make sure you have no weaknesses on test day. You and your tutor will work through high-yield content, ABSITE practice questions, test-taking advice, and study strategies that are tailored to your particular situation.
  • Optimal study strategy. We utilize unique methods like spaced repetition and active recall to help you understand foundational material and memorize information. Study time is precious, and we want to make sure you are being optimal, and studying correctly and effectively.

How to Get Started with ABSITE Tutoring


Sign up for our one-hour free trial session. You'll receive an email or phone call from us shortly thereafter for some more information so we can understand your particular situation and assess your personal needs to pair you up with the ABSITE tutor that's a perfect fit. This way, we're off to a very productive and personalized start, right from your very first session.


You'll receive an email introducing you to your new ABSITE tutor, and instructions on how to join your first trial session and reserve your session time. During this first trial session, your tutor will review content and discuss study strategy. You can email your tutor beforehand if there is any particular content you want to cover or if you have any questions you'd like to address.


After your trial session, we'll send you a feedback report with next steps, our recommendations and a recording of your session so you can review any material you went over with your tutor. If you decide you'd like to continue working with us to achieve your goals, we'll set you up with a tutoring package that works best for you.

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Verified Reviews From ABSITE Students

Great Experience!

I was constantly being taught high-yield information. Anthony kept reinforcing the information I was not grasping right away, and he sensed that. He provided grafts, charts, and other methods of learning to solidify the important concepts. I was given recordings of our sessions, and I will have so much material to use from this point on (I'm a PGY1, and this is an incredible foundation).

Blake C.
ABSITE Student

Anthony’s experience in surgery... helped me hone in on my strengths

In the words of Serena Williams and Billie-Jean King, “Pressure is a privilege.” I agree completely, but when it comes to the ABSITE, the privilege of being a surgical resident can feel a bit more pressure-like. Thank you to Anthony and the Medlearnity Team for providing professional, reliable assistance in a time of need. Standardized tests never come easy to me, and of course, I ended up choosing a career that is chock full of standardized testing. The ABSITE is a tough exam, is comprehensive in the topics covered, and is proctored in the midst of working an intense surgical resident schedule. Anthony’s experience in surgery, in test-taking, and test- creating helped me hone in on my strengths, hone in even more importantly on my gaps in knowledge, and truly understand how to focus my study efforts. He provided real time feedback about my thought process in regards to specific practice questions. He provided knowledge about the nuances in a question stem and the respective answer choices to help me successfully answer. He helped me understand the highest yield concepts that would help me succeed on exam day. He provided engaging, effective sessions that accommodated my scheduled, no matter what time of day. I felt supported during the entire time I was working with Anthony and the Medlearnity Team, and I can’t thank everyone enough for the help.

This is the first year I have taken the exam where I felt like I knew more of the answers than not, and it proved to be a much less stressful testing experience overall. Knowledge is power, and Anthony definitely helped me increase my knowledge exponentially, not only to succeed on the ABSITE, but as a surgeon as well.

Thank you for everything!

VH, PGY-3, General Surgery

V. H.
ABSITE Student

amazing job preparing me for my ABSITE exam

Anthony has done an amazing job preparing me for my ABSITE exam. He was always punctual and encouraging for all of my 20hours of private lessons! He really catered to my weaknesses and helped really elaborate on concepts to help further my knowledge. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for tutoring. I'm extremely grateful to him and the whole Medlearnity team for continuously checking up on my progress.

Peter I.
ABSITE Student

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