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The Phase II examination is a one-day examination in veterinary anatomic pathology or veterinary clinical pathology.   It is composed of written essays and multiple choice questions assessing the skills and knowledge that a minimally competent pathologist should possess. Examination Content Development Guidelines 


2018 Test Dates

Anatomic Pathology          August 14 or 15*
Clinical Pathology             August 15 or 16*
*Specific day of testing to be assigned 


The passing point (cut score) for the new Phase II examination in Tampa will be established via standard setting study in July, 2017.  This passing point must be compared to candidate performance on the 2017 examination to be finalized.  Therefore, the passing point will not be known until after the examination is complete and all scores are analyzed.

Administration of the Phase II examination: The Phase II examination is administered at the American Board of Pathology’s testing facility in Tampa, FL.  The facility is located 5 miles (10 minutes) from the Tampa International Airport and is connected to the Westshore Grand Hotel (formerly InterContinental Hotel.)


Reverification for Tampa, 2017

For Phase II in Tampa 2017, the automated multiple choice scoring process is subject to similar quality assurance as Phase I, and scores will not be re-verified.  Essay scores are verified twice before examination score reporting.  If a candidate requests essay score re-verification after receiving their score (reverification of examination scores), the essays are not regraded, but score transfers and final score are re-verified. 


2017 Phase II Tampa Survey Results 

Tampa Guide/FAQs 

Instruction booklet for examination 

Computer screen shots at examination centre

See the ACVP Certifying Examination Candidate Handbook for detailed information


Anatomic Pathology Resources:

Reading List 

Scope AP 

Exam Layout/Pointing/Schedule

2018 AP Exam Information PowerPoint


Clinical Pathology Resources:

Reading List 

Scope CP 

Exam Layout/Pointing/Schedule

2018 CP Exam Information PowerPoint

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