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Primary and Subspecialty Certification Examinations


Cancellation Policy for Primary and Subspecialty Exams

If a candidate chooses to cancel their examinations(s) they must cancel by the cancellation date for the exam(s) they will be taking. Please refer to the ABPath website, for cancellation dates.

If a candidate cancels the exam(s) on or before the cancellation date, ABPath will refund the application fee minus a $500 cancellation fee.

Spring Primary Cancellation Deadline -February 15

Fall Primary Cancellation Deadline - July 29

Subspecialty Cancellation Deadline - June 15

If a candidate applying for the combined APCP examination chooses to cancel one portion (AP or CP) of the examination, there will be no refund of the fee.

If the following occurs, a candidate will forfeit the entire examination fee:

• Candidate cancels after the cancellation deadline date.
• Candidate registers for an exam(s) with ABPath and does not schedule an exam date with Pearson VUE by the scheduling deadline date.
• Candidate does not appear for the scheduled examination(s) on the scheduled exam date(s).


If you choose to cancel your examination(s) you must notify the ABPath by email at for the Primary certification exam(s) or for Subspecialty certification exam(s).


If a candidate cancels or does not appear for an exam due to personal illness or quarantine at the time of the examination, verified by the candidate’s personal physician, or due to a travel ban issued by their institution, the examination fee minus a $200 administrative fee is refunded to the candidate’s credit card. Documentation must be submitted and received by ABPath within 30 days of the scheduled examination. 

**Refunds cannot be transferred to a future examination.



Continuing Certification (CC) Examinations Only


Please see the CC Examination Cancelation Policy section of the CC Program Assessment page.