Phase II - TAMPA

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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. Examination Content Development Guidelines (PDF) Although the Phase II Examination is organized in three sections - Microscopy, Interpretation, and Knowledge - it is scored as a single pass/fail examination. While the Phase II Examination cannot be passed in parts, candidates who fail the exam will be provided feedback on how they performed on each part of the examination. More detail regarding the organization and composition of the examination can be found at the links below under Anatomic Pathology Resources and Clinical Pathology Resources. 


2018 Test Dates

Anatomic Pathology          August 14 and 15*
Clinical Pathology             August 15 or 16*
*Specific day of testing to be assigned 


The passing point (cut score) for the new Phase II examination in Tampa will be established via standard setting study in July, 2017.  This passing point must be compared to candidate performance on the 2017 examination to be finalized.  Therefore, the passing point will not be known until after the examination is complete and all scores are analyzed.

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 (formerly InterContinental Hotel.)


Reverification for Tampa, 2017

For Phase II in Tampa 2017, the automated multiple choice scoring process is subject to similar quality assurance as Phase I, and scores will not be re-verified.  Essay scores are verified twice before examination score reporting.  If a candidate requests essay score re-verification after receiving their score (reverification of examination scores (PDF)), the essays are not regraded, but score transfers and final score are re-verified. 


2017 Phase II, Tampa Survey Results (PDF) 

Tampa Guide/FAQs (PDF)

Instruction booklet for examination (PDF)

Computer screen shots at examination centre (PDF)


Anatomic Pathology Resources:

Reading List (PDF)

Scope AP (PDF)

Exam Layout/Pointing/Schedule (PDF)

2017 Webinar Powerpoint (PDF)

Recorded: November 17, 2016 Webinar


Clinical Pathology Resources:

Reading List (PDF)

Scope CP (PDF)

Exam Layout/Pointing/Schedule (PDF)

2017 Webinar Powerpoint (PDF)

Recorded: November 10, 2016 Webinar