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American Board of Pathology Certification Exams

American Board of Pathology Certification Exams

The mission of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath), as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists.

The following ABPath examinations have been developed by ABPath and are being administered with the support of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

  • Anatomic Pathology (AP) Examination
  • Clinical Pathology (CP) Examination
  • Subspecialty Examinations
    • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
    • Cytopathology
    • Dermatopathology
    • Forensic Pathology
    • Hematopathology
    • Medical Microbiology
    • Molecular Genetic Pathology
    • Neuropathology
    • Pediatric Pathology

For detailed information on individual certification requirements, please visit


Examination appointments may be made during the designated Exam Scheduling period (dates to be announced). The appointment testing time noted on Pearson VUE web pages reflects the total appointment time, including a tutorial, examination, breaks, and exit survey.

If you are scheduling examination appointments for a combined examination (AP/CP) or multiple Subspecialty exams, the examination dates do not have to be scheduled back-to-back.

All ABPath exam candidates must create a new Pearson VUE account to schedule an ABPath exam. If you took an ABPath Spring 2021 Primary Certification Exam, you do not need to create a new account and will use the same ABPath login information from the Spring Primary exam.

  • If you are requesting special accommodations for an examination, please contact for Primary exams and for Subspecialty exams prior to scheduling an exam appointment. We must notify Pearson VUE that you have been approved for an accommodation.
If you need assistance in scheduling or creating an account with Pearson VUE, please call Pearson VUE at 1-866-314-0159.

2021 Examination Dates

Subspecialty Exams:  Sept. 13 - Sept. 25, 2021
Fall 2021 Primary Exams: Oct. 12 - Oct. 22, 2021

Certification Exams and Exam Preparation

The Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Subspecialty examinations are each one-day, computer-based examinations consisting of written and practical sections and virtual microscopy (if applicable). All questions are multiple-choice, single best answer format.

For more detailed descriptions of American Board of Pathology Certification exams, please visit:

Primary exams

Subspecialty exams

Certification Program Agreement

At the beginning of an American Board of Pathology Certification exam, you will be required to agree to the terms and conditions of the American Board of Pathology Honor Code.

Cancellation Policy

If you choose to cancel your examination(s) you must both:

  1. Notify the ABPath by email at for Primary exams and for Subspecialty exams.
  2. Cancel online with Pearson VUE if you already scheduled your examination appointment date(s).

Cancellation Deadlines and Fees

Canceling Before the Exam Scheduling Period is Open.
You may cancel your exam(s) with ABPath up until the Exam Scheduling period opens (date to be announced) for a full refund minus a $100 administrative fee. To cancel, email for Primary exams and for Subspecialty exams.

Canceling After the Scheduling Period with Pearson VUE has begun: (dates to be announced)

  • If you cancel your exam(s) once the scheduling period has begun, ABPath will refund your fee minus a $500 cancellation fee.
  • If you apply to take a combined exam (AP and CP) and cancel one portion, there is no refund of your examination fee. When reapplying for the cancelled exam during a future exam period, the standard examination fee for a single exam will be charged ($2100).
  • If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled exam, the full examination fee is forfeited.
  • If you are registered for an exam with ABPath and do not schedule an exam date with Pearson VUE, that is considered a cancellation and the full examination fee is forfeited.
  • If you scheduled exam date(s) with Pearson VUE and do not show up, that is considered a cancellation and the full examination fee is forfeited.
Last updated 2021-06-18