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ABPath to Administer All Future Primary and Subspecialty Exams at Commercial Testing Centers

posted: August 23, 2021

TAMPA, Fla. — The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) is pleased to announce that all future Primary and Subspecialty certification exams will be administered exclusively at commercial testing centers. The ABPath Tampa exam center will no longer be used for exams.

At the start of COVID-19, ABPath decided to temporarily administer exams remotely so that candidates could take exams in a safe environment and avoid travel to Tampa, FL or Tucson AZ during the pandemic. In late 2020, the ABPath decided that all 2021 exams would be administered at Pearson VUE Professional Test Centers for a pilot year. Following successful exam administrations, ABPath conducted surveys of candidates and results indicated they would overwhelmingly prefer to take the exams in commercial testing centers.

After careful consideration, the Trustees of the ABPath have decided to administer all future Primary and Subspecialty certification exams in commercial testing centers. Using test centers, such as Pearson VUE, will ensure all candidates have an equitable testing environment, while maintaining the security and integrity of high-stakes exams.

For more information on Primary or Subspecialty certification, please visit For questions about Primary Certification, contact and for Subspecialty certification contact

About the American Board of Pathology

The mission of the American Board of Pathology, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists.

Founded in 1936, the ABPath accomplishes this mission by establishing certification and continuing certification standards and assessing the qualifications of those seeking to obtain voluntary certification in the specialty of pathology. For more information, visit or call (813) 286‑2444.