The QSE content outline does not classify items by animal species or veterinary practice role. Many items on the QSE are not species specific or are applicable to more than one species. The examination includes items dealing with all animal species that might be encountered by veterinarians in private clinical practice in North America.
|Qualifying Science Examination (QSE) Content Outline
|Normal Structure and Function
|Concepts of Disease
|Public Health and Disease Prevention
You can make changes to your selected time and location through your PSI portal.
You may change your time and location for your LRP or Test Center exam as many times as you need to, at least 48 hours prior to your currently scheduled exam. You may not change the date.
Refer to the Candidate Handbook for information on cancelling a scheduled exam appointment to see if you are eligible for a partial refund.
You can cancel your scheduled exam appointment by using the Schedule link on your MyAAVSB portal to re-enter the PSI scheduling site.
You must also notify the AAVSB if you have cancelled an exam and think you are eligible for a partial refund, per the PAVE Candidate Handbook.
How do I retake the QSE? How much does it cost?
Live remote proctoring (LRP) is an available option through our vendor, PSI Exams. PSI has set up a seamless process for online scheduling and equipment testing, so you can take your exam safely and securely from home or another secure location.
While LRP is a convenient option, not everyone may meet the technical requirements to test at home. Approved, extended time is the only exam accommodation that can be administered in a LRP exam.
When you’re ready, simply log into your MyAAVSB account, and select Remote Online Proctored Exam when scheduling your exam through PSI.
Still can’t decide if remote proctoring is for you? Start with Technology Requirements and System Checks below to walk through the specific requirements for a seamless exam experience. If you decide LRP is the right mode of delivery for you, watch the video below, "What to Expect on Exam Day" for information regarding check-in, taking breaks, violations and exiting your exam to receive your score report.
All candidates who meet the AAVSB’s eligibility requirements may choose live remote proctoring (LRP). LRP exams are by appointment only.
To test with LRP, you must meet technological requirements to ensure uninterrupted testing. Requirements include a strong Wi-Fi connection, a PC or Desktop computer, hardware requirements (see below for requirements), and a quiet, private testing environment.
Choose a calm, quiet area of your home that ideally can be closed off from distractions and other people.
LRP exams can be scheduled virtually any day or time (pending proctor availability and closures on US holidays).
Once you have received your eligibility/scheduling email:
To schedule by phone:
After you schedule your exam, PSI will send a confirmation email listing your exam date and time.
You may reschedule your live remote proctored exam as many times as you need if you are within your exam authorization window AND at least 48 hours prior to your currently scheduled exam.
You must log in to your MyAAVSB portal and click Reschedule My Exam for more information. You will then need to log in to your PSI portal where you will be able to reschedule to a different date and time. You will receive a new confirmation email from PSI, listing your new date and time.
Yes, if you are scheduled with PSI, simply go to your MyAAVSB portal and click Reschedule My Exam for more information. You will need to login to your PSI portal to cancel your currently scheduled exam and reschedule your exam to Live Remote Proctoring. You will then receive a new confirmation email from PSI, listing your new date and time
Please perform a final compatibility check 72 hours before your scheduled exam time. You will receive a reminder email three days before your exam, providing the information and steps you need for online check-in.
Familiarize yourself with the instructions and contact us with any questions you may have. Prior to the exam, make sure your testing space is prepared. Eat well, get adequate rest and plan time to unwind after the exam.
Collect the items you will need for the exam, including an unexpired, government issued photo ID that matches the first and last name you used on your PAVE online application.
You may NOT have common office items in your testing space, including binders, reference materials and books, cell phones and chargers, sticky notes, plants, eyeglass cases or food. You may have a charger connected to your laptop for the duration of the exam.
NOTE: If you wear a religious head covering, you will need to notify PSI before scheduling your exam and request an accommodation to wear it while testing.
PSI Candidate Services for Special Accommodations – 800.367.1565 x6750, [email protected]
Before you begin taking your QSE either via test center or LRP, you will be asked to confirm the name of the exam you are taking and then asked to agree to the PSI and AAVSB-QSE Examination Rules and Regulations agreement regarding exam confidentiality.
Total seat time for the exam is 220 minutes. The timer begins counting when your exam begins.
It is suggested that you log into your PSI portal at least 30 minutes before the start time of your exam. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. Please note that the exam cannot be launched until 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, and will not begin until your online proctor has logged in.
NOTE: If your proctor is late, please wait 5-15 minutes before contacting PSI.
Before the proctor can launch your exam, you will be asked to do the following:
* You must agree to have your photograph taken as part of the admission procedure; if you do not agree, you will not be admitted for the exam.
The PAVE administration is heavily monitored and many restrictions have been put in place while taking the exam to ensure the integrity of the exam is upheld, similar to a testing center experience.
Please review this list of major and minor infractions prior to taking your exam. Candidates can make up to three minor infractions or one major infraction before the live remote proctor will end the exam.
You may take a break whenever you wish as long as you inform the proctor, however, your timer continues. Your exam is NOT paused during a break. During any break, you are not permitted to access personal items other than medication required at a specific time (unless you receive prior permission).
Your individual score report will be auto-generated by PSI immediately upon completion of your PAVE and emailed to you. Additionally, your individual score report will be posted on your MyAAVSB portal approximately 6 weeks after your exam.
Before your equipment is tested by PSI, please ensure you have:
If you have completed a successful compatibility check, technical issues are unlikely, but not impossible. Sluggish or overloaded Wi-Fi is the most common problem. If you experience an issue, make an attempt to inform your proctor via live chat. If you are unable to connect, contact PSI Customer Service on that day. Their staff will be able to analyze your issue and set up a new testing time, free of charge. If you wait until the following day, contact the AAVSB.