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Written notification of the results of the examinations will be sent by email to candidates within 45 days from the date of the examination

Procedure for Reverification After Examination Failure

If a candidate does not pass an examination, the candidate can request reverification of examination scores (PDF).  Examinations are not regraded, but the scoring process is reviewed and the final score is reverified.  Requests for reverification must be accompanied by a 0 fee, and must be received by the ACVP Executive Office within 30 days of the receipt of test results. 

For Phase I, the Internet-based testing scoring process used by Castle, Inc., is very accurate and the scoring process used by ACVP includes several quality assurance steps, including a review of all examination results following examination administration and before examination score reporting.  Castle verifies that each candidate's answers were scored against the correct examination answer key in order to confirm that the candidate's examination was scored properly and correctly, and that the proper final examination score will be reported.

For Phase II, the automated multiple choice scoring process is subject to similar quality assurance as Phase I.  Furthermore, all manual calculations (eg. from essay cases) are verified before examination score reporting.  If a candidate requests reverification after receiving their score, the examinations are not regraded, but the scoring process is reviewed and the final score is reverified.

Professional Expectations for All Examinations

All candidates are expected to accurately represent their credentials.  Additionally, all examinations are taken under an honor system (Honor Code PDF).  If a candidate is found to have misrepresented any portion of their credentials, to have received outside assistance on an examination, to have cheated on an examination, to have misrepresented their work on an examination, to have violated the confidentiality of the examination or  to have behaved unethically in any  other way during the credentialing or examination process, their credentials may be rejected, they will receive a failing  grade on the examination, they will forfeit their fees for the examination, and they will be subject to any other disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the ACVP Council.  These actions may include denial of permission to retake the examination in future years and/or denial of the ability to attain certification.


Adverse decisions by ACVP that may be appealed include, but not limited to, denial of credentials to take the examination, denial of certification due to failure of examination and cancellation of certification by disciplinary action. Reverification of scores after failure of examination is a different process (see above). All appeals will be considered by the ACVP Appeals Committee whose sole responsibility is to determine whether proper procedures were followed in decisions made by the ACVP Council, Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Director, Credentialing Committee, or Examination Committee that may be considered adverse by a Diplomate or candidate for certification.
Appeals from candidates for denial to take the examination or for denial or cancellation of certification must be submitted in writing to the ACVP Executive Director. Appeals should consist of a brief letter summarizing the reason for the appeal, along with any supporting documents. Appeals, including all supporting documents, must be received from the candidate by the ACVP within thirty (30) calendar days of the candidate’s final notification by ACVP of the decision being appealed. Candidates must redact all supporting documents to retain anonymity of the appellant and ACVP members who may be involved in the case.