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Phase I Examination

2021 Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination

April 12, 2021
Remote administration via Examity

Updated administration

The ACVS Board of Regents has approved these changes for the 2021 Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination.

  • The examination will be administered remotely through Examity utilizing live, remote human proctors as well as video and audio recordings of the candidates throughout the entirety of the examination. Please read the Information for Candidates Taking the 2021 Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination Remotely (revised Apri 5) for full details about this change. The content and format of the Phase I examination are unchanged (125 multiple choice questions with one correct answer).
  • All candidates will receive an email from Examity (sent from donotreply@examity.com) with instructions on how to create an account and schedule your appointment. The subject line of the email will be: “HumRRO - Examity - Student User name and password”. Please check your email for the message and contact Kimberly Soehnlein if you have not received the email by Monday, February 8.
    • Candidates in the US and Canada will choose from appointment start times between 10 am and noon (Eastern Standard Time) on April 12.
    • Candidates in Australia will have a start time of 8 am (Australian Eastern Time) on April 13.
  • Review these samples of the Phase I examination navigation.
  • A Question and Answer session was held April 5, 2021. View the recording of the session.

Please keep the following policies in mind:

Candidates may choose to defer the examination and request that one additional year be added to their Phase I examination attempt limit through Monday, March 1 (e.g., if a candidate’s final opportunity to pass Phase I was 2023, it will be extended to 2024). Please refer to the Phase I information pamphlet for limitation policies. Follow these steps to defer:

  • Contact ACVS. Email Kimberly Soehnlein, ksoehnlein@acvs.org, to notify ACVS that you are deferring and wish to receive the additional year.
  • Cancel your appointment. The Examity appointment must be canceled by the candidate more than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment or the candidate will be responsible for the cost of the cancellation fees assessed to ACVS. ACVS will invoice candidates for these fees after the examination. The cancellation charge must be paid before any subsequent examination attempts.
  • Request a refund. Candidates must request refunds according to ACVS policies in the information pamphlet. Candidates must provide documentation of an extenuating circumstance (illness in the candidate’s household, death in the family, etc.)

Examination Materials


Registration closed December 3, 2020.


Common questions are answered in the Examination FAQ. Address other questions about the Phase I Examination to Jeff Melia at jmelia@acvs.org or (301) 916-0200 x102.


In the event that a candidate needs to cancel their examination registration, the candidate must contact ACVS. Refer to the information pamphlet for refund policies.