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The Phase I examination is a 2-hour examination composed of 100 multiple choice questions, covering all aspects of veterinary general pathology. The Phase I examination tests knowledge of mechanisms fundamental to disease in animals such as principles of cellular injury, inflammation and repair, hemodynamic disorders, physical and chemical injury, neoplasia, congenital and genetic diseases, molecular pathology, and infections. The mechanisms tested in this section are “general” in that they relate to most animal species and exclude entities in single species. The Phase I examination must be passed in order to be eligible to take the Phase II certifying examinations in veterinary anatomic or clinical pathology.

Effective for 2021

North American Testing Locations Candidate Fee: $325
International Testing Locations Candidate Fee: $400

*Fees reflect differential charges to ACVP for the use of international testing locations by Scantron.

Phase I Examination Dates

March 18 or 19, 2021


Cut Scores and Equating

The cut score (passing point) for the ACVP Phase I Examination is 64/100 points. Information on the cut score and equating process can be found here.

Administration of the Phase I Examination

The Phase I examination is administered in partnership with Scantron Corporation, a certification and licensure testing company. Scantron Corporation utilizes more than 500 testing locations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as more than 225 international testing centers. Testing centers usually are located in commercial areas of cities so that public transportation and restaurants are typically available. All sites offer accessibility to disabled individuals. Approximately 45 days prior to the testing dates for the Phase I examination, candidates will receive an email notice from Scantron Corporation to schedule their examination at a testing center. Additional information regarding administration of the Phase I examination and Scantron Corporation Testing Centers can be found in the Phase I Candidate Handbook and on the ACVP website.

Phase I/Scantron Corporation FAQs

Phase I Sample Questions

See the ACVP Phase I Certifying Examination Candidate Handbook for detailed information, including the reading list for Phase I.

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