Exam Schedule

UPDATE: The health and safety of our exam participants is of utmost importance. BELS is continually monitoring the situation surrounding the current COVID-19 virus. At this time, we intend to move forward with the below exams. Should this change, as the situation evolves, we will post any updates to this page.

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 2020-2021 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. Exam tickets will be e-mailed after registration closes.

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

Download the complete exam schedule here.


Cancellation of Registration

Registration for each examination closes 4 weeks before the examination. If you decide not to pursue certification and notify the Board no later than 2 weeks before the date of the selected examination, $50 of the fee will be refunded; $25 will be refunded if you notify the Board no later than 1 week before the examination. If you fail to notify the Board and do not sit for the exam, you will forfeit the whole fee.

Disclaimer: In rare cases, it may be necessary to cancel a scheduled exam because of a low level of interest or other circumstances beyond our control. 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.