ABS Qualifying Exam (QE) Tutoring

The ABS QE is the first of two exams required for board certification in general surgery.

ABS General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE) Overview

What Is The ABS QE?

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) certifies physicians in general surgery and surgical sub-specialties. The ABS General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE) is offered annually to surgeons after completing their residency training, and must be passed in order to obtain initial certification to practice surgery. It is the first of two exams required for board certification in general surgery.

How Is The ABS QE Administered?

The QE tests a surgeon's knowledge of general surgical principles and their clinical application, and consists of approximately 300 multiple-choice questions. It is a one-day, 8-hour computer-based exam that is administered in four 115-minute sessions, with optional 10-minute breaks after session one and three, and a longer 40-minute break between the second and third session. Once a session has concluded, the questions in that session cannot be revisited.

What Content Does The ABS QE Cover?

The ABS QE assesses an examinee's knowledge in various categories, including Abdomen, Alimentary Tract, Endoscopy, Breast, Endocrine, Skin and Soft Tissue, Surgical Critical Care, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Trauma, Vascular Surgery, Transplantation, Head and Neck, Surgical Specialties, Applied Science, Preoperative Evaluation and Perioperative Care, Geriatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery Principles, Radiology, Ethics, and more.

Why You Should Choose MED LEARNITY for ABS QE Tutoring

Personalized Tutoring Packages

We invest the time to assess your personal needs and pair you with the ABS QE 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 From Top Hospitals

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 For All Students

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 ABS Qualifying Exam can be intimidating and deeply personal (to say the least). Therefore, we approach every student's tutoring sessions with our utmost attention to detail to see how we can best assist you. Whether you are having challenges meeting your performance goals, 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

  • A ABS QE tutor who is an expert educator who has scored exceptionally well on the ABS exams (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 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 ABS tutoring 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 ABS Qualifying Exam 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, 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 ABS QE 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 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 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.

Book Your Free One-Hour ABS QE Tutoring Session

The trial session is completely free, so that you can experience the high-quality tutoring we provide. We know that the high caliber of our tutoring services is truly unmatched, and we want you to experience it yourself without any obligation.

Michael O.

USMLE Step 3 Student

"I used Medlearnity to prep for USMLE Step 3, and I can't say enough great things about them. The tutoring really helped me through the daunting task of preparing for the exam, and preparing for future standardized testing as well. I was assigned a tutor for the ACM-type questions and biostats, as well as a second tutor for CCS. I also received significant, and much needed coaching from Dr. Gohel, so I actually had a team of 3 doctors helping me prep. An amazing team, sure to get even the busiest scapel back to razor sharpness!"


USMLE Step 1 Student

Scored 250+ after working with us

"I used Medlearnity over the course of six months to help me prepare for Step 1. In the past, I have struggled with standardized tests and knew I would need help to achieve the competitive score I desired. Dr. Goel and Dustin were both incredible mentors and teachers! Dustin explained difficult concepts clearly and thoroughly during every session. He was always available to answer questions in-between sessions and helped me identify weaknesses in my knowledge and test-taking abilities. During my dedicated study period, Dr. Goel called me often to check on my progress, and provided me with invaluable tips and tricks to reduce my anxiety. I would highly recommend Medlearnity to anyone who wants help learning invaluable skills for taking medical examinations!"

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