Exam Schedule

The Board of Editors in the Life Sciences schedules examinations in advance to give candidates sufficient time to apply for candidacy and register for the examination. The schedule for 2019-2020 is as follows. For questions or concerns, please contact us.

Please note: The deadline for registration is 4 weeks before the scheduled date of the examination. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the full process of candidacy application and exam registration. Both application and exam registration must be completed by the exam cutoff date. Mailed applications may take longer than 6 weeks.

Please note: If you are retaking the exam please submit an Exam Retake Application.

Download the complete exam schedule here.


  • Wednesday, November 06, 2019, San Diego, CA
    American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Medical Writing & Communication Conference, Nov. 7-9, 2019
    Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
    Registration is closed.

Disclaimer: In rare cases, it may be necessary to cancel a scheduled exam because of a low level of interest. If that occurs, we will notify you within several days of the registration deadline that the exam has been cancelled. Please keep this possibility in mind when making travel plans. BELS cannot be responsible for fees or penalties related to the cancellation of an exam.