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Primary 2021 Examinations

Please note the Spring and Fall 2021 Primary Exams will be administered at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers.

SPRING SESSION

Application/Registration 

Application/Registration Late Filing Dates

(non-refundable late fee applies)

Date Assignments 

Exams  (at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers)

September 15 - January 15, 11:59 PM EST         

January 16 - February 15, 11:59 PM EST

 

Candidates will schedule their own exam date and location.

April 28- May 19, 2021.

   *All exam dates are subject to change.



FALL SESSION 

updated March 9, 2021

Application/Registration 

February 16- May 15, 11:59 PM EST 

Application/Registration Late Filing Dates (non-refundable late fee applies) May 16 - June 4, 11:59 PM EST   (note: June 4 is a new deadline
Deadline for those with a period of board eligibility (no late fees are assessed) July 14, 11:59 PM EST (note: July 14 is a new deadline)
Date Assignments Candidates will schedule their own exam date and location from select dates in the exam window below.  Not all dates in the exam window will be available at all locations. Candidates will be notified when scheduling opens. 
Exams administered at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers  Oct. 12 -Oct. 22, 2021


*All exam dates are subject to change.


 Exam Application Fees

Combined AP/CP

AP Only 

CP Only 

AP portion of combined AP/CP

CP portion of combined AP/CP

AP portion of combined AP/NP

NP portion of combined AP/NP  

$2600

$2100

$2100

$2100

$2100

$2100

$2100 

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1300)

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)

(LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)  


  • The examination application fee includes a nonrefundable administrative fee of $100.
  • Additional late filing fees are nonrefundable.
  • AP/CP Applicants only- The AP and CP examinations do not have to be taken within the same examination session (i.e. spring or fall), but both must be passed before an AP/CP candidate is considered certified and a diplomate. If an AP/CP applicant takes the AP and CP examinations at different times, there is a separate examination fee for each sitting. 
  • The ABPath accepts credit card payments only (MasterCard, Visa, and American Express). Checks are not accepted. Online payment must be completed before the application can be submitted.
  • A candidate for the Spring primary examinations (AP and/or CP) who wishes to apply for a subspecialty examination in the same year must submit the subspecialty application prior to the subspecialty application deadline.
    • If the candidate is successful in the primary examination, the ABPath will automatically process the application for the subspecialty examination.
    • If the candidate is not successful, he/she will be notified and the subspecialty examination fee minus the $100 administrative fee will be refunded. A new subspecialty application must be completed for future examinations.
  • 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.
  • Date assignments for all examinations are made by the ABPath. Primary examination dates for the spring session will be posted to your Board Correspondence Screen in March, for the fall session in September. Special requests for date assignments cannot be accepted. There is no opportunity to change the date assignment within a given examination period (spring or fall).
  • Once an examination date assignment is posted to a candidate’s Board Correspondence tab in PATHway, the candidate has two weeks from the date that the assignment is posted to cancel.  If a candidate is unable to accept the date assignment for a primary examination only, he/she must cancel from his/her Board Correspondence tab in PATHway. The examination fee minus a $500 cancellation fee will be refunded to the candidate’s credit card within 2 weeks of cancellation.  If you are registered for combined AP/CP, you do not have the option to cancel one portion of the examination.
  • Results are posted to your Board Correspondence tab in PATHway approximately 6 weeks after the final week of exams.

 

Primary 2022 Examinations

 

Information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Subspecialty 2021 Examinations

 

updated March 9, 2021

Application/Registration

February 16 - May 15, 11:59 PM EST

Application/Registration Late Final Filing Dates* May 16 - June 4, 11:59 PM EST (note: June 4 is a new deadline)
Date Assignments Candidates will schedule their own exam date and location from select dates in the exam window below. Not all dates in the exam window will be available at all locations. Candidates will be notified when scheduling opens.
Exams Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021
Clinical Informatics Exams Only October

 

 Exam Application Fees

Subspecialty Only  $2100  (LATE FILING ADDITIONAL $1050)

 

Candidates will schedule their own exam date and location from select dates in the exam window below, with the exception of Clinical Informatics. Not all dates in the exam window will be available at all locations. Candidates will be notified when scheduling opens.

     2021 Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine.......................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Chemical Pathology................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Clinical Informatics...................................................October (TBA)

     2021 Cytopathology.........................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Dermatopathology....................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021 

     2021 Forensic Pathology...................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Hematopathology......................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Medical Microbiology..................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Molecular Genetic Pathology.....................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Neuropathology..........................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

     2021 Pediatric Pathology......................................................Sept. 13- Sept. 25, 2021

  • Exam dates may be subject to change.   

  • The examination application fee includes a nonrefundable administrative fee of $100.
  • Additional late filing fees are nonrefundable.
  • The ABPath accepts credit card payments only (MasterCard, Visa, and American Express). Checks are not accepted. Online payment must be completed before the application can be submitted.
  • Some subspecialty examinations are given on more than one day, depending on the number of registrants. If that is the case, the examination date assignment will be posted approximately 6 weeks prior to the examination date to your Board Correspondence tab in PATHway.
  • A candidate for the Spring primary examinations (AP and/or CP) who wishes to apply for a subspecialty examination in the same year must submit the subspecialty application prior to the subspecialty application deadline.
    • If the candidate is successful in the primary examination, the ABPath will automatically process the application for the subspecialty examination.
    • If the candidate is not successful, he/she will be notified and the subspecialty examination fee minus the $100 administrative fee will be refunded. A new subspecialty application must be completed for future examinations.
  • 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.
  • Results are posted to your Board Correspondence tab in PATHway approximately 6 weeks after the final week of all subspecialty exams.

Subspecialty 2022 Examinations

Information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Continuing Certification (CC) Examinations

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