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April 27, 2020

Test dates for the 2020 Certifying Examinations in Clinical Pathology and Anatomic Pathology have been changed to comply with social distancing guidelines at the testing facility.

  • The clinical pathology exam will be given on Monday, August 17, 2020.
  • The anatomic pathology exam will be given over a 3 day period from August 18-20, 2020.

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Certifying Exam Board and the ACVP Board of Directors have worked with the ABP testing center in Tampa, FL to identify alternate testing dates for the 2020 Phase II certifying examination.

  • In the event that the 2020 Phase II examinations cannot reasonably be delivered in August, the ABP testing center in Tampa has provided an alternate testing window the week of November 16-20, 2020.

Candidates will be notified on or before June 15, 2020, regarding whether or not the 2020 Phase II examinations will be proactively postponed to the November testing window. Please note the notification date has been moved from May 1 to June 15, to ensure the decision is based on the best information available at the time.

There will be no change to the scope or content of the 2020 Phase II examination if the examination is postponed to November 2020. The reading list deadline will remain at January 2020.

The deadline for withdrawal from the 2020 Phase II examination has been extended to the date that the examination is administered, either in August or November. If a candidate chooses to withdraw at any time up to the examination date, the ACVP will, at the candidates’ direction, either refund or transfer all 2020 registration fees to the 2021 examination. Withdrawal from the 2020 Phase II examination will not be considered an attempt or failure to sit the examination.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Phase II Examination

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, 19, or 20*, 2020
Clinical Pathology             August 17, 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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