The ACVS Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination has been canceled. Please check the Phase I exam page for more details.


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Phase I Examination

2020 Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination

ACVS has been monitoring the potential impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) upon the Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination scheduled for April 6, 2020. At this time, ACVS has determined that cancelling the Phase I examination is the best course of action. Proctecting the health of both ACVS examination candidates and other candidates is of utmost priority. Additionally, local and state regulations are causing closures at Pearson VUE test centers, and we expect that trend to continue over the coming weeks.

We understand that this decision has a tremendous impact on residents and training programs. ACVS will make additional decisions about the Phase I examination, including whether it is possible to reschedule the examination for late 2020. ACVS will update residents, Resident Advisors, and Program Directors as soon as possible.

Refunds have been issued to all examinees who were registered for the April 6, 2020, examination. Additionally, Pearson VUE sent emails to all candidates about closures of all sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Examination Materials


Common questions are answered in the Examination FAQ. Address other questions about the Phase I Examination to Jeff Melia (, 301-916-0200, x102)