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The World Sleep Society sleep board examination is administered in association with the sleep societies of the region where the exam is administered. There is no cost to take the exam.

The next sleep board examination will be administered on October 20, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during World Sleep 2023.

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Submit your completed application to World Sleep Society at [email protected].

Additional locations and dates may be added. The exam application deadline is three months prior to the exam. NEW: Apply to administer the Sleep Specialist Exam through your Sleep Society.


Eligibility criteria for taking the World Sleep Society sleep board examination are determined jointly between the local societies sponsoring the exam and the World Sleep Society examination committee. The section below provides information about expertise level that can be used for guidance. Individuals wishing to sit for the examination must provide their credentials to the local regional committee co-sponsoring the exam in conjunction with the World Sleep Society examination committee. These credentials should be presented for review 3-months (or more) prior to the examination date.

Criteria for Eligibility – Candidates must select one option to be eligible.

  • Completed training of 6 months or longer in a full-time sleep medicine fellowship program at an accredited sleep center. (Please submit a copy of fellowship certification.)
  • Completed training of 1 year or longer in a fellowship program, of which at least 50% consisted of sleep medicine training at an accredited sleep center. (Please submit a copy of fellowship certification.)
  • At least 5 years of involvement in the clinical practice in sleep medicine, sleep education, or sleep research. For each of the 5 years, sleep medicine comprised at least 20% of the involvement. In addition, at least 5 hours of sleep medicine CME and 50 reported polysomnograms were completed every year. Please submit a letter of verification from the department head, division chairperson, or sleep medicine specialist to demonstrate eligibility. In addition, a logbook of cases, polysomnogram reports and CME activity should be kept and may be requested for review by the examination committee.

Exam Location

The location of each upcoming scheduled exam is listed on the World Sleep Society webpage. Exam sites will be listed at least 4 months before each administration. In addition to its posting on the web page, the exam’s exact address, date, and time will be sent by email to all individuals applying. If unforeseen major problems occur (for example, natural disasters, transportation strikes from and to location of exam, or local civil unrest), the exam will be postponed, the postponement will be announced on the World Sleep Society web site, and every effort to send this information to each candidate by e-mail.

NEW: Apply to administer the Sleep Specialist Exam through your Sleep Society.

Exam Description and Content

The exam contains all multiple choice questions. The exam includes 3 booklets covering basic science, clinical science and clinical disorders related to sleep and its pathology. Usually the total time for the exam will be a half day. There will be a proctor from the World Sleep Society examination committee at the site of the exam; proctors from the host regional society will also be available. On the day of the exam candidates will be provided pencils to mark their test booklets.

Examination Process and Grading

All other materials (for example, bags, briefcases, backpacks, books, cell-phones, etc.) are not allowed in the examination room. All such items must be put in secure containers before entering the examination room and will be retrieved upon exit. All copies of the exam will be collected by the World Sleep Society proctor in presence of a representative of the regional host sleep society. They will be placed in an envelope that will be immediately sealed with signatures of the 2 individuals responsible for the collection of the exam. Any candidate, that so desires, may witness the envelope sealing. The sealed envelope will be sent by courier to World Sleep Society headquarter in the USA to the attention of the Administrative director of World Sleep Society (Allan O’Bryan, at this time). The first page of the exam will have name, address, e-mail, and coded identification number specific for each candidate. This identification code will be present on each page of the examination. The coded identification page will be separated from the body of the exam so that grading can be conducted blind to the candidate’s identity. Members of the examination committee in charge of scoring the exam will only receive copies identified by the random number.

The exam committee will have a maximum of two months to score each copy. The exam committee will also statistically weight each question and based on this analysis may decide to nullify a question. Anonymous results of the exam will be provided to the executive committee of World Sleep Society that will approve the exam grades.

Results of the exam committee will be provided to the administrative director that will match the candidate-anonymous number to the identifying information. Each candidate will then be personally contacted by the administrative director of World Sleep Society by e-mail and by air-mail concerning their results. Such contact will be within 3 months following the examination. Candidates meeting or exceeding the passing criteria will receive a World Sleep Society diploma by mail. The pass –cut-off point is set at 70% of valid responses. World Sleep Society will publish the names of the World Sleep Society sleep medicine specialists.

Appeal Process

Any candidate may appeal the final pass/fail decision by sending an air-mail certified letter to the administrative director located at the World Sleep Society headquarters. The appeal will be reviewed by the executive committee with ad-hoc reviewers selected by the executive committee. A response will be provided within two months by certified mail to the candidate. No further appeal will be considered.