“Board Vitals (BV) was essential for my board preparation. I am not a great test taker, and in order for me to have passed my AP/CP boards, I needed to do a LOT of questions, which is hard to come by (especially for CP). Not only was there a plethora of questions, they were all generally well-written and in the style of the actual boards. The material covered in BV was broad yet helpful in how I should focus my studies. Furthermore, the questions were confidence-boosting in that I actually knew more than what I thought; it was nice to know that I was comparable to my peers—and you will likely feel the same way. Lastly, I got quick and thorough feedback regarding any questions or issues I had about any questions I came across. In summary, BV is a gem that I am thankful for discovering. ”Aaron D. Shmookler
The complete AP examination is fairly lengthy, taking nearly 8 hours. 94% of the total examination is devoted to questions about specific organ systems or multi-system disease. 6% of the exam is dedicated to general pathology and lab management. For a more detailed breakdown, please see Anatomic Pathology Exam Blueprint.
The Anatomic Pathology Exam is a one-day exam consisting of written and practical sections. All questions are multiple-choice and are in single best answer format.
The Written section consists of 125 questions and candidates have 2 hours to complete it.
The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion (traditional and virtual) and an image section.
The Clinical Pathology Exam is comprised of a written portion as well as a practical portion. The complete CP examination is 7.25 hours and all questions are multiple-choice in single best answer format.
Naturally, the written portion of the Clinical Pathology exam is very image heavy. The written portion is 130 questions and is administered over a 2 hour period.
The practical portion of the exam includes graphs, charts, karyotypes, pedigrees, red cell panels, problem solving exercises, and calculations. The practical portion of the exam is 115 questions and is administered over a 3.25 hour period. The practical portion with images is 120 questions administered over a 2 hour period.
All of these question types are covered in the Board Vitals’ question banks.
For a more detailed breakdown, please see Clinical Pathology Exam Blueprint.