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ACVP is monitoring developments regarding the spread of COVID-19, but at this time there are no plans to cancel or postpone the Phase I examination in March nor the Phase II examination in August.

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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.

Effective for 2020

Phase II Certifying Examination Fee: $850

2020 Test Dates

Anatomic Pathology          August 18 or 19*, 2020
Clinical Pathology             August 20, 2020
*Specific day of testing to be assigned 

Cut Scores and Equating

The cut scores (passing points) for the Phase II Examinations are:

Anatomical Pathology Phase II Examination: 194 / 300
Clinical Pathology Phase II Examination: 203 / 300

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, 2020 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

Tampa Guide/FAQs

See the ACVP Certifying Examination Candidate Handbook for detailed information

Examination Content Development Guidelines


Anatomic Pathology Resources:

Reading List

Scope AP 

2019 AP Exam Schedule

2020 AP Exam Information PowerPoint


Clinical Pathology Resources:

Reading List 

Scope CP 

2019 CP Exam Schedule

2020 CP Exam Information PowerPoint

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