The European Society of Pathology in close collaboration with the UEMS Board of Pathology announces the 2019 progress test for pathology trainees.

In the week of June 10-14 those interested are invited to take the 2019 Pathology Progress Test, which is primarily intended for trainees, but any pathologist curious to submit her or his knowledge base to the test is welcome to participate.

The test consists of about 120 questions, mostly in a multiple-choice question (MCQ) and some in an extended matching question format. The MCQ’s are partly only text, partly still image based, and partly virtual slide based. The targeted level is that of a trainee at the end of a residency program. The test comprises questions with a purely diagnostic orientation, but also molecular pathology and mechanism of disease-oriented questions. After finishing the test participants will immediately receive a test score. The test is purely formative: a tool for self-assessment. The results are kept anonymous. After closure of the test, all participants will receive a list of the correct answers as feed-back.

Those who consider taking the test and who participated in 2018 can use the same login as last year. Those not having taken the test before should register first. This can be done by logging on to the website and entering an email and a password as well as your year of training and country.

The progress test ‘new style’ is part of a program that will culminate in a European Board of Pathology examination ‘new style’, that will be introduced in 2020 by the UEMS Board of Pathology, again in close collaboration with the European Society of Pathology. The Board’s Examination will have largely the same format as the progress test. All registrants are requested to enter their Country of residence and trainees also their Year of Training.

Those taking the test will have open access to participate from June 10-14. The best way to do the test is in one run which will take about 3 hours, but the test can be taken in parts if other duties do not allow the participant to complete the test in one effort.

Please note before taking the test we highly recommend upgrading to the latest versions of Internet Explorer (v10 or v11) or the latest versions of Firefox or Google Chrome. You may also use the latest version of Safari on Windows and Mac. Tablets or mobile devices are not supported for the test. Should you experience any technical issues please email Please note business hours are 9am – 5.30pm BST.

On behalf of the ESP Education Subcommittee / UEMS Board of Pathology Progress Test task force