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ACVS 2021 Phase I Examination Moves to Remote Administration

December 23, 2020

ACVS recognizes the difficulty and concerns with scheduling the Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination at a Pearson VUE Test Center. Because candidates' health is our primary concern, ACVS is moving the April 12, 2021, Phase I examination to an online administration using Examity for all registered examinees. There will not be an option to take the examination at a testing center. All existing Pearson appointments will be canceled by ACVS.

We are notifying candidates and Program Directors of this change to alleviate any concerns about taking the examination at a testing site and allow candidates to plan accordingly. The online testing option will utilize live, remote human proctors as well as video and audio recordings of the candidates throughout the entirety of the examination. Minimum requirements include:

  • Laptop or desktop with high-speed internet connection
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Private examination space with no distractions

ACVS will provide candidates with additional details and specific technical requirements by January 18, 2021.

The content and format of the Phase I examination are unchanged (125 multiple choice questions with one correct answer). For candidates without accommodations, the examination is still divided into two equal parts of three hours each with a break in between. Candidates who have requested accommodations will be notified separately of any required adjustments.

Candidates located outside of the continental United States and Canada may take the examination in their home countries. Candidates in Australia must take the examination on April 13.

Candidates who plan to take the Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination via Examity as outlined above do not need to take any action at this time.

Registered candidates who choose not to take the examination this year will be given one additional year in their time limit on examination attempts (e.g., if a candidate’s final opportunity to pass Phase I was 2023, it will be extended to 2024). Please refer to the ACVS Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination Information Pamphlet for limitation policies. Refunds will be given according to ACVS policies in the information pamphlet and should include documentation of an extenuating circumstance.

Candidates must notify ACVS of their intent to defer and extend the time limit on examination attempts. Email your intent to defer or any questions to Kimberly Soehnlein, ksoehnlein@acvs.org, or call (301) 916-0200 x104.