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

Scheduling a 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) 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  for Primary exams and 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.

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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, 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. 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 2021 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 2021 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.

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

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.

8. 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.

9. Will there be microscopes at the testing centers?

Microscopes are not required for the 2021 Certification Exams. The exams will be administered using only virtual microscopy images where applicable.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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

You will need to show a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport) for check-in at the test center and when returning from breaks. please be sure your FIRST and LAST name on your government-issued photo ID matches the profile information in PATHway, If it does NOT match, contact us to update your information in PATHway at or

13. Am I required to wear a face mask?

Yes, candidates must wear a face mask at all times while in the test center and during the exam. A surgical or cloth face mask is acceptable as long as your nose and mouth are fully covered. Face masks with exhalation valves and face shields are not permitted. Test Centers 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.

14. 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.

Pearson VUE has implemented social distancing requirements, which may vary by country. Test centers have limited workstation availability to ensure that a safe distance can be maintained between candidates.

 15. 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  or Please contact ABPath as soon as possible for an accommodation.

16. 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.



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