THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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As of 2021, all ABPath certification exams are administered at Pearson VUE Test Centers. 

Scheduling a Primary or Subspecialty Exam with Pearson VUE 

Candidates will schedule their own exam(s) through the Pearson VUE online system. Candidates will receive an email notifying them when the scheduling window will open. The email will also include instructions on how to create an account and register for an ABPath exam.


 

Once scheduling has opened and you have created an ABPath account with Pearson Vue, follow these instructions to schedule your exam(s) with Pearson VUE. 

What to Expect When Scheduling an Exam with Pearson VUE.


Nursing mothers and those who need to request an accommodation should NOT use the Pearson VUE system to schedule their exam(s). You must contact ABPath at Mary@abpath.org  for Primary exams and Renee@abpath.org for Subspecialty exams as soon as possible for approval and specific scheduling instructions.

 

 

What to Expect at Pearson VUE Professional Centers

What to Expect at Pearson VUE Professional Centers - This page has helpful resources and a video of the process you can expect when you arrive at a Pearson VUE test center. 

View Helpful Resources for Test-takers

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Photo Tour- The gallery of photos introduces you to the physical layout of the testing centers as well as the check-in procedures.

The Candidate Rules Agreement that you will review and sign when you arrive at Pearson VUE Test Centers.

Pearson VUE Identification (ID) Policy    Candidates must show two forms of ID before entering the Testing Center. The first and last name on both IDs must match your first and last name in PATHway. 

ABPath Pearson VUE Scheduling Page

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FAQs

 

 

1.  Is the ABPath going to schedule my exam date?

Candidates will schedule their own exam(s) dates. Once ABPath notifies candidates that the scheduling period is open, they must create an account with Pearson VUE and then schedule the testing date and test center location of their choice based on availability.

2. How do I schedule an exam?

Candidates will schedule their exam(s) online. Once the scheduling period is open, go to the ABPath homepage on the Pearson VUE website (link will be provided) and create an account using your ABPath ID#. Once the account is created, you can sign in to select the exam you need to schedule. All candidates must create a new account in 2022, even if they have used a Pearson VUE center in the past.

Friendly tip: You can select up to three test centers to compare appointment availability.

3. I am taking more than one exam. Do they have to be scheduled together?

Each exam will be scheduled separately and they do not need to be taken on consecutive days or at the same test centers. Candidates can schedule each exam on whatever day and/or test center is available during the testing window.

4. Are there going to be extended dates to take the exam?

ABPath certification exams must be taken during the exam test date window. No exams will be administered after those dates. 

5. Can I take the exam remotely?

No, ABPath is using only Pearson Professional Testing Centers to administer the exams.

6. Can I travel to a different state/jurisdiction to take my exam?

Candidates are responsible for ensuring that there are no travel restrictions in place for the location where they want to take the exam. If a candidate travels to another state or country with travel restrictions in place, they may be turned away or required to quarantine. International locations are limited. 

7. My exam is not available at my preferred testing location. What should I do?

Test centers vary in terms of the days and times they’re open and the exams they deliver. If your exam or date is not available at your preferred test center, please try an alternative date or search for other test centers. Appointment availability continues to change due to COVID-19, so be sure to check back regularly to see if the date you desire becomes available. The earlier that you schedule, the more likely you are to get your preferred date and location.

Friendly tip: You can select up to three test centers to compare appointment availability.

8. Why do I only have a few available dates within the exam window to schedule my exam date(s)?

Not all exam date(s) within the exam window are available at all Pearson VUE locations.

9. Are Pearson VUE test centers open on the weekend?

Test centers vary in the days and times that they are open. Candidates will need to determine days and times of availability with the test center they choose.

10. Will there be microscopes at the testing centers?

Microscopes are not required for the Certification Exams. The exams will be administered using only virtual microscopy images where applicable and will be indicated on the daily exam schedules provided on the ABPath website.

11. May I wear earplugs or headphones during the exam?

Candidates may use foam earplugs supplied by Pearson VUE Professional Test Centers. Personal earplugs or headphones are not permitted.

12. May I bring or use scrap paper during the exam?

Whiteboards and markers will be provided for use during the exam(s). No items are permitted in the exam room except for your ID and locker key if you are using a locker for personal belongings, food, and beverages.

13. What form of identification (ID) will I need to show?

You will need to show 2 forms of identification for check-in at the test center and when returning from breaks. One must be an original (no photocopies), valid (unexpired) government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport) that includes your name, photograph and signature. All IDs required must be issued by the country in which you are testing. If you do not have the qualifying ID issued from the country you are testing in, an International Travel Passport from your country of citizenship is required.

Please be sure your FIRST and LAST name on your photo IDs match your first and last name in PATHway, If it does NOT match, contact us to update your information in PATHway at Renee@abpath.org or Mary@abpath.org.

14. Am I required to wear a face mask?

Where required by law, yes, you must bring and wear your own face mask the entire time you are at the test center, including throughout your exam. 

• Please note: Regardless of local regulations, some programs require masks for all testing candidates. To find out if your program mandates mask-wearing, refer to your program-specific landing page or use the Face Mask Lookup feature on the Pearson VUE website.

A surgical or cloth face mask, including a homemade face mask, is acceptable as long as your nose and mouth are fully covered. Please refer to the CDC, WHO, or your local health organization for best practices on choosing effective face masks. Face masks with exhalation valves and face shields are not acceptable. We are unable to provide face masks to candidates. Candidates without a face mask will be denied testing services. You will be asked to briefly remove the mask during the check-in process to take the required candidate photo.

15. What health and safety measures are Pearson VUE taking at the test centers?

Pearson VUE implemented a strict cleaning regimen at all Pearson Professional Centers. This includes providing hand sanitizer to candidates upon entering the test center and sanitizing the surface and equipment of each workstation at the end of every appointment. Any equipment used during the check-in process is sanitized after every use.

 16. What if I need to request a testing accommodation?

All requests for accommodations, including those for Nursing Mothers, must be made through the ABPath by contacting Renee@abpath.org for Subspecialty certification exams or Mary@abpath.org for Primary certification exams. Please contact ABPath as soon as possible for an accommodation.

17. May I bring my inhaler with me to the test center?

Yes, Inhalers are an approved comfort device. They will be allowed in the testing room upon visual inspection by the Test Center staff. Visual inspection will be done by examining the item without directly touching it (or the candidate) and without asking the candidate to remove the item, unless otherwise stated in the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List.

18. How do I cancel my exam?

Please refer to the ABPath website for the Cancellation Policy.

 

 

 

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