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**Please be sure to scroll through this entire page for important information.

 

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Remote Exam Important Email Dates

 

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Watch Your Email!

Important emails regarding the remote exams are scheduled to be sent on the following dates: 

Sept. 8, 2020 Practice Tutorial instructions and User ID# is sent to Subspecialty exam candidates.
Sept. 8, 2020       Primary Exam Date Assignment Email is sent to registered Primary Exam candidates.
Sept. 8, 2020 Subspecialty Exam Date Assignments and Registration Times will be sent to Subspecialty exam candidates.
Sept. 16, 2020

Remote Exam Details and Instructional email will be sent to candidates that are registered for:

Medical Microbiology
Chemical Pathology
Pediatric Pathology

Oct. 5, 2020

Remote Exam Details and Instructional email will be sent to candidates that are registered for:

Cytopathology

Oct. 7, 2020

Remote Exam Details and Instructional email will be sent to candidates that are registered for:

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Molecular Genetic Pathology
Neuropathology

(This email schedule was updated on 10/5/2020)

Oct. 12, 2020

 Remote Exam Details and Instructional email will be sent to candidates that are registered for:

Dermatopathology
Forensic Pathology
Hematopathology

(This email schedule was updated on 10/5/2020)

Oct. 16, 2020 Practice Tutorial Instructions and User ID# will be emailed to Primary Exam Candidates.
Oct. 29, 2020    

 

Exam Instructions and User ID# will be emailed to AP and AP/CP Primary Exam Candidates

(This email schedule was updated on 10/23/2020)

Nov. 10, 2020

 

Exam Instructions and User ID# will be emailed to CP only Primary Exam Candidates

(This email schedule was updated on 10/23/2020)

*The email dates above are subject to change.

 

PT Practice Tutorial Information

Remote Exam Required Practice Tutorial

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You will be receiving an email invitation to take the required Practice Tutorial and systems check prior to your exam. The Tutorial may be completed any time during the dates below; it must be completed in order to receive access to your actual examination(s). If you are taking more than one exam, you only need to take the Practice Tutorial one time. The tutorial will take approximately 20 minutes.

The Practice Tutorial will be available for:

• Subspecialty exam candidates - September 8-14, 2020* (this is an update to the previously posted dates)

• Primary exam candidates - October 17-26, 2020. (Available 24 hours a day during these dates)

Tutorial Instructions were provided as a link in your email that was sent on Oct 16 and can also be found here.

 

Technical Assistance- If you need technical assistance with the Practice Tutorial,

please contact the proctoring service MonitorEDU at 

(925) 337-9647.

 

For other matters, ABPath will respond to emails as quickly as possible during our office hours

Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm (EST).

 

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Examination Dates

Exam date assignment(s) for the 2020 remote certification exams will be in the time frames indicated below for the exam(s) you are registered for.  Exams that would take 9 hours or longer (including breaks) to complete will be administered over the course of two days and are indicated by an asterisk.

There is very limited flexibility on dates due to the large number of candidates and the exams that need to be administered. When you receive your date assignment, if you are unable or do not wish to take the exam you have the option of cancelling for a full refund up until the day of the exam. 

There are no requests for specific dates.

Note all exams that typically have a microscopic section will have all virtual microscopy image questions.

 

2020 Subspecialty Remote Exam Dates

 

2020 Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine October 8, 2020
2020 Chemical Pathology September 17, 2020
2020 Cytopathology*

October 6, 2020 (Day 1) 

October 7, 2020 (Day 2)

2020 Dermatopathology*

October 13, 2020 (Day 1)

October 14, 2020 (Day 2)

2020 Forensic Pathology October 13, 2020
2020 Hematopathology October 15, 2020
2020 Medical Microbiology September 17, 2020
2020 Molecular Genetic Pathology October 8, 2020
2020 Neuropathology October 8, 2020
2020 Pediatric Pathology September 17, 2020

 

*Exams administered over the course of two days due to the length of the exam.

 

Fall 2020 Primary Remote Exam Dates

Anatomic Pathology (AP)*

November 2-11, 2020* (including weekend days)

This is a two-day exam.

Clinical Pathology (CP) November 12-15, 2020 (including weekend days)


*Exams administered over the course of two days due to the length of the exam.

Specific exam date assignments will be coming to candidates in the following weeks.

We cannot accept date requests.

 

 

•  Date assignments for all examinations will be sent to candidates as soon as they are available. Special requests for date assignments cannot be accepted. 

•  Once an examination date is assigned, the candidate may cancel up until the day before the exam. If a candidate is unable to accept the date assignment for a primary examination only, he/she must cancel by emailing mary@abpath.org for Primary certification and renee@abpath.org for Subspecialty certification.  The examination fee will be fully refunded.

•  Examination Results are posted to your Board Correspondence tab in PATHway.

•   If the candidate fails the examination, he/she may register for a future examination within the 5-year period of board qualification (refer to your qualification table located in your My Profile tab in PATHway). The candidate must pay the examination fee upon submission of the registration form.

 

Daily Examination Schedules Subspecialties

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 IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. Breaks are optional; you are not required to take the full break, so your exam day can be shorter than the allotted time if you do not use all break time.

2.  Breaks are 10 or 30-minutes in length and you are allowed to leave your testing area during the breaks. When you return from a break, you may begin the next section immediately. Once the timer on the break runs out, the exam will automatically move to the next section and the timer for the new section will start.

3.  The registration time you are assigned on the day of your exam is in YOUR LOCAL time.

 

 Exam Schedules have been updated - September 14, 2020

Subspecialty Remote Exam Daily Schedules

2020 Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

2020 Chemical Pathology

2020 Cytopathology (2 Day Exam)

2020 Dermatopathology (2 Day Exam)

2020 Forensic Pathology 

2020 Hematopathology 

2020 Medical Microbiology 

* Medical Microbiology Terminology -reference sheet

2020 Molecular Genetic Pathology 

2020 Neuropathology 

2020 Pediatric Pathology

Daily Examination Schedules Primary AP/CP

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 IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. Breaks are optional; you are not required to take the full break, so your exam day can be shorter than the allotted time if you do not use all break time.

2. Breaks are 10 or 30-minutes in length and you are allowed to leave your testing area during the breaks. When you return from a break, you may begin the next section immediately. Once the timer on the break runs out, the exam will automatically move to the next section and the timer for the new section will start.

3. The registration time you are assigned on the day of your exam is in YOUR LOCAL time.

 

Exam Schedules  updated October 16, 2020 

Anatomic Pathology (AP) (Two Day Exam)

Clinical Pathology (CP)

 

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Remote Exam Tutorial and Informational Video

Hear from the American Board of Pathology's CEO Dr. Rebecca Johnson in this brief video tutorial to help candidates prepare for the remote certification exams.

https://youtu.be/JZTJcBNBQ3Q

 

Virtual Microscopy Exam Tips Video

 

For exams with virtual microscopy sections, we have included some helpful tips in this video.

 

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Techincal Requirements and Computer Specifications

TEchincal REquirements

You will need these basic things to take the remote certification exams:

•   Quiet location with a strong internet connection and no firewall.  Preferably a quiet spot in the home where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the exam (up to 10 hours).

•   Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam

•   Smartphone with a camera 

•   Smartphone charger

 

For detailed information on the required specifications see the link below:

Technical and Hardware Requirements for Remote Certification Exams

 

Preparing Your Testing Environment

 

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For the successful administration of the remote exams, candidates must ensure the testing environment meets the requirements and guidance provided in the link below. Please review this document prior to the Practice Tutorial.

**As a reminder, you should use the same computer and internet connection for the Practice Tutorial as you do on your scheduled exam day. 

Preparing Your Testing Environment

 

 

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Candidate Rules and Professional Behavior

 Candidate Rules and Professional Behavior pdf document

 

Candidate Rules and Required Professional Behavior

for the ABPath Remote Exam and Practice Tutorial

1. I acknowledge and agree that it is my responsibility to ensure that I have the required internet connectivity, computer configuration, and video-enabled smartphone for the examination to be administered to me and that ABPath disclaims any responsibility, and is not liable, for any interruption in the administration of the examination for any reason or loss of examination answers due to a loss of internet connectivity, power outage, or any incompatibility with the test delivery software, limitations or malfunction of my computer or operating software.

I acknowledge and agree to be monitored by video and audio during my exam by proctors and, should the proctors identify any behavior that falls outside what they would consider to be normative for this exam, to allow that video and audio to be recorded by the proctors for later evaluation by the ABPath.

2. You must take your exam in a private area with no other persons or animals present in the room.
3. Your desk must be cleared of reference materials and notes. You may have the following items within reach:

o Photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
o Whiteboard - no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches and clean with the exception of the User ID# and name of the examination written on the board to verify with the proctor. It needs to be erased immediately after log in.
o Whiteboard marker and eraser
o A drink with cover or lid
o Wax or foam earplugs
o Smartphone that is silenced
o A smartphone stand to prop up and secure the phone in position during the exam.
o A six-foot extension cord - If the proctor determines your computer and camera need to be moved this will allow for flexibility in their placement.

4. You are not permitted to have any recording or electronic devices on the desk or within reach.
5. You are not permitted to make notes on anything other than the approved whiteboard.
6. You are not permitted to have any examination related materials posted or reference materials open within view in the room.
7. You are not permitted to have any unauthorized programs running on your desktop computer/laptop/tablet during the examination.
8. You are not permitted to be connected to a virtual network.
9. You are not permitted to be connected to an email program or search engine other than what is being used for MonitorEDU.
10. You are not permitted to have any programs running that are recording in the background.
11. You are not permitted to have any open documents available on your computer.
12. You are not permitted to use any headphones/earbuds during the examination.
13. You are not permitted to talk during the examination, except to the proctor.
14. You are not permitted to make or receive phone calls or text messages while the examination is in session or use any other communication device.
15. Your webcam, speakers, and microphone on your cellular smartphone and your computer must remain active throughout the entire examination.
16. You are not permitted to wear or use watches, fitness trackers, or smart devices of any kind during the examination.
17. You are not permitted to take pictures of the screen or anything else that may potentially breach the security of the examination.
18. You may only have a single computer monitor.
19. You must remain in view of the proctor during each exam section.
20. You are not permitted to leave your desk at any time other than during the scheduled breaks. If you need to use the restroom, please do so prior to beginning the examination or during your breaks. When a scheduled break begins, you must notify the proctor that your break has begun and you will be getting up from your desk; expect to show your computer screen with your phone camera to confirm you are on a break screen.
21. You must notify the proctor when you are ready to begin the next section of the examination.
22. Your responses are automatically saved upon selection; if you get disconnected from your examination, your responses are saved up to the point of disconnection.
23. If for any reason you get disconnected from the examination or the proctor or must disconnect due to an emergency (e.g. fire alarm) during your session, please stop where you are in your examination; the proctor will pause the examination. The proctor will call you to provide further instructions or you may reach the proctor via the chat link at ascproctor.com or call MonitorEDU at (925) 337-9647. If the issue cannot be resolved and the examination restarted within two hours, the proctor will terminate the examination and ask you to contact ABPath to reschedule.
24. You are not permitted to exit the session until the proctor has confirmed the examination has been completed and your whiteboard has been wiped clean on both sides.
25. You are expected to cooperate with the Proctor and to satisfy requests made by the proctor, including, but not limited to, requests to move your computer, Smartphone, or other objects, whether inside or outside of the testing area.
26. If you are observed by the proctor to be violating any of the rules listed above, the proctor is authorized to terminate your examination. In the event this takes place, you will not be permitted to complete your examination and will have to contact ABPath for further instructions.

 

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FAQs for Remote Certification Exams

2020 Remote Certification Exams

FAQs  

Due to the ongoing health risks of COVID-19, the ABPath is making a temporary accommodation and will administer the Fall 2020 Primary and Subspecialty exams as remote, secure, live tele-proctored exams taken from your home or office. The remote exam is being developed for candidates who would like to achieve board certification in 2020. When it is safe to do so, we anticipate returning to the in-person administration of certification exams in our exam center.

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions for the 2020 remote certification exams:

What equipment do I need to take the exam?

You will need these basic things to take the remote certification exams:

•  Quiet location with a strong internet connection and no firewall. Preferably a quiet spot in the home where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the exam (up to 10 hours).
•  Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam
•  Smartphone with a camera 
•  Smartphone charger

For detailed information on the required specifications see the link below:

Technical and Hardware Requirements for Remote Certification Exams

What browsers can I use to take my exam?

The examination software performs best with the latest version of Google Chrome. If you are using a Mac you may also use the latest version of Firefox or Safari.

What type of smartphone should I use?

We suggest a video-enabled smartphone that is an Android 4.1 or higher or iPhone 6 or higher with iOS (Apple) 8.0 or newer. The phones listed are compatible with the live proctor service. The Practice Tutorial will confirm that your phone meets the specifications for your scheduled exam day.

Why can’t I take my exam at my institution?

Most institutions have network firewalls to protect their systems. These firewalls will not allow access to the required live proctoring chat feature needed for the exam. We encourage you to take your exam on a private network (e.g. at home).

You may use the following link to ensure you will have access to the chat feature, https://monitoredu.com/faq.

In addition, you will need administrative privileges on your computer to download/install the required Weblock software to the computer you will be taking the exam on; it can be uninstalled post-exam.

Why do I have to take the Practice Tutorial?

The Practice Tutorial is not only a system check for your equipment (smartphone, computer and internet connection), but it is the allotted time to download the required software you need to access the examination on your scheduled exam day and to become familiar with the functionality of the examination software and the processes of the live proctor. The Tutorial also provides helpful information and exam instructions that may alleviate some of the worries prior to your scheduled examination.

How long will the Practice Tutorial take?

You may take the Practice Tutorial at any time within the window provided for your scheduled exam. The Practice Tutorial should take approximately 20 minutes to complete

Why do I have to take the Practice Tutorial at the same location as my exam?

The required Practice Tutorial includes a system check to ensure your equipment will be able to access the tele-proctor and the examination on your scheduled exam day via your internet connection. Using the same internet connection and computer will confirm your equipment meets those specifications.

How do I close applications on my computer that may be running in the background so that the WebLock browser will work?

In order for the WebLock browser to work, certain collaboration applications need to be closed on your computer, such as Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Teams. Often times these are applications that are running on your computer in the background even though they do not show up in your menu bar. The following steps shown in this pdf document will stop these common applications from running in the background on a Windows PC.

How to Close Applications Running in the Background

How do I know if I successfully completed the Practice Tutorial in order to take my remote certification exam?

If you have downloaded the WebLock software to your computer (see below to confirm download) and you are comfortable with the functionality of the testing system (FastTest), then you are all set for your certification exam. You will not receive an email confirmation but we encourage you to confirm WebLock has been downloaded to your computer.

To confirm the WebLock software has been downloaded to your computer

For a PC:
Look at your Start menu to verify it has been installed. When it is installed, it creates a folder in the Start menu called “Respondus” and with one link/app listed below it called “LockDown Browser OEM”. You can also view it under the program files in your file manager.  If you have that, then you are set for the exam. 

Please verify that you see this on your computer:

 respondus

 For a Mac:

Go to Finder and look under Applications. If the WebLock browser was downloaded correctly you should see "Lockdown Browser OEM" as shown in the screenshot below. 

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What time do I need to log in to my exam?

You received an email with your exam date assignment and your registration time. Your registration time is displayed in YOUR LOCAL time zone and is the assigned time for you to log in to your exam. 

What if my internet fails during the exam? What do I do?

If for any reason you get disconnected from the examination or the proctor or must disconnect due to an emergency (e.g. fire alarm) during your session, please stop where you are in your examination; the proctor will pause the examination.

The proctor will call you to provide further instructions or you may reach the proctor via the chat link at ascproctor.com or call MonitorEDU at (925) 337-9647. If the issue cannot be resolved and the examination cannot be restarted within two hours, the proctor will end the examination and ask you to contact ABPath to reschedule if possible.

If I am disconnected and am able to reconnect, will I have to start the exam over?

Your responses are automatically saved when you select them; if you get disconnected from your examination, your responses are saved up to the point of disconnection.  You should be able to continue the exam where you left off.

May I have a snack while I am taking my exam?

You may not have food or chew gum while you are taking the exam. The daily exam schedules include a break at approximately every hour, this will allow for frequent opportunities to have a snack away from your testing area.

I have closed books on a shelf behind me, is that ok?

Closed books that are out of reach and artwork on the wall is permitted as long as there are no open reference material in the room or within reach.

May I use a computer monitor attached to my laptop?

Only one monitor is permitted. You may use a monitor attached to your laptop as long as the laptop remains closed and you are only using the one monitor.

Instructions to assign your external monitor as the primary monitor for the exam.

Can I leave the room during my breaks?

Yes, you may leave the room during your break. Be mindful to return on time. The exam will automatically resume when the timer for the break time runs out.

Do I have to take a break each time?

No, you do not have to take each of the breaks. When a section is complete, if you do not wish to take a break or lunch at that time you may move on to the next section with the proctor’s approval.

Can someone bring me a snack or drink to me?

No one may enter the room for the duration of your scheduled exam. We recommend putting a sign on the door reminding others that you have an exam in progress. You may use your break time to leave the room to get a snack and/or take care of personal matters.

What if I can’t get the equipment I need to take the exam or I can’t find a suitable location to take the exam?

You have the option of cancelling the exam up until the day of your scheduled exam for a full refund and may opt to take the in-person exam in 2021. To cancel a Primary exam email mary@abpath.org and for Subspecialty exams renee@abpath.org.

 

 

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

 

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