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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 

Effective for 2020 - Phase II Certifying Examination Fee

2020 Test Dates

Anatomic Pathology          August 18 or 19*
Clinical Pathology             August 20
*Specific day of testing to be assigned 

The cut scores (passing points) for the ACVP Phase I Examination and Phase II Certifying Examinations are outlined below.  The cut scores were set based on standard setting studies in 2017, applied to the 2017 Phase II Examinations and the 2018 Phase I Examination. To pass an examination, a score equal to or greater than the respective cut score must be achieved. The established cut scores are:

Anatomical Pathology Phase II Examination:   194 / 300  
Clinical Pathology Phase II Examination:         203 / 300
The cut score will remain the same for all future examinations until a new standard setting study is conducted.  For all future examinations, candidate scores will be equated with the above respective examination.  Additional information on the cut score and equating process can be found here.

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.

Hotel Reservations
The Westshore Grand Hotel in Tampa is connected to the ABP Center. Secure your hotel reservations here.  The room rate is $159 single or double, not including a 14.5% tax.  The room rate includes complimentary wireless internet service in your sleeping room.  Secure your reservations prior to Monday, July 27 to take advantage of the discounted rates.

If you have questions about your reservation, please call the hotel at +1-813-286-4400 -- be sure to tell the reservations agent that you are attending the ACVP exam.  If you have a question for ACVP, please send an email to



For Phase II, 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 

2019 AP Exam Schedule

2019 AP Exam Information PowerPoint


Clinical Pathology Resources:

Reading List 

Scope CP 

2019 CP Exam Schedule

2019 CP Exam Information PowerPoint

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