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III. DESCRIPTION OF EXAMINATIONS





                    noTe: imPLemenTaTion oF neW BLUePrinT: Based on extensive research and expert
                    consensus, a new two-dimensional COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint has been developed and
                    will be implemented beginning with COMLEX-USA Level 3 in 2018. COMLEX-USA Levels 1
                    and 2 will implement the new blueprint in 2019.


                    ComLeX-Usa: PUrPose, TesT FormaT and TesT LengThs


             LEVEL AND PURPOSE                                  FORMAT                             LENGTH


             LEVEL 1 assesses the competent application of      • A total of 400 test questions divided  One-day test
             foundational and basic biomedical and osteopathic science  into two four-hour sessions  session:
             knowledge relevant to clinical presentations as defined by                            Eight hours
                                                                • Computer-based: administered at
             the COMLEX-USA blueprint, emphasizing the scientific
                                                                 Prometric Test Centers
             concepts and principles necessary for understanding the
             mechanisms of health, clinical problems and disease
             processes.


             LEVEL 2-CE assesses the competent application of   • A total of 400 test questions divided  One-day test
             knowledge of clinical concepts and principles involved in all  into two four-hour sessions  session:
             steps of clinical problem solving for osteopathic medical                             Eight hours
                                                                • Computer-based: administered at
             practice as defined by the COMLEX-USA blueprint,
                                                                 Prometric Test Centers
             emphasizing the biomedical and osteopathic concepts and
             principles necessary for making appropriate clinical
             diagnoses through patient history and physical examination
             findings.


             LEVEL 2-PE provides an assessment of fundamental   • Twelve standardized patient-based  One-day test
             clinical skills. These skills are evaluated in the context of  cases: 14-minute duration for each  session:
             clinical encounters and are required to be personally  patient encounter plus 9 minutes to  Seven hours
             performed as appropriate in a timely, efficient, safe, and  document findings in an e-SOAP note
             effective manner.  The clinical skills tested include:  (Subjective Objective Assessment
             physician-patient communication, interpersonal skills and  Plan format)
             professionalism, medical history-taking and physical
                                                                • Administered at two locations:
             examination skills, osteopathic principles and osteopathic
                                                                 Philadelphia and Chicago
             manipulative treatment, and documentation skills
             (including synthesis of clinical findings, integrated
             differential diagnosis, and formulation of a diagnostic and
             treatment plan).








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