Distinctive Subject Examinations Designed to Assess Core Osteopathic Medical Knowledge
Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Achievement Test (COMAT) is a series of osteopathically distinctive subject examinations designed to assess osteopathic medical students’ core knowledge and elements of osteopathic principles and practice essential for pre-doctoral training. Developed by the NBOME and its National Faculty (clerkship directors and clinical rotation directors) in conjunction with faculty at colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), COMAT examinations are administered at critical junctures in osteopathic medical training by COMs across the United States and abroad.
COMAT exams provide nationally standardized examination modules to evaluate osteopathic medical students’ clinical subject mastery and knowledge across varied clinical education and rotation sites. The exams focus on comprehension and cognitive skills in each discipline with emphasis on clinical problem solving. There are eight clinical discipline COMAT examinations:
Each subject exam reflects the latest advancements in the respective discipline and a consensus of “best-practice” guidelines. COMAT examinations also meet several additional curricular objectives:
- End-of-course assessment
- Evaluation of education across clinical sites
- Evaluation of achievement in osteopathic practice within and across clinical disciplines
- Pre- and post-testing in clinical rotations and clerkships
Each of the COMAT exams consists of 125 items that must be completed within 2 hours and 30 minutes. A 5-minute tutorial is provided before each exam begins.
Every examination in the COMAT series has multiple forms, and all are psychometrically equivalent in content covered, level of difficulty, and reliability, allowing COMs to administer a given COMAT subject exam up to 10 times per year.
The COMAT exam series has many distinctive attributes:
- COMAT is the only osteopathically distinctive subject examination series with osteopathic principles and practice integrated.
- The COMAT exams are presented in a style and format comparable to the COMLEX-USA licensure series, a benefit for both osteopathic medical students and COMs.
- COMs can administer affordable COMAT examinations to complement their curricula and support educational objectives and program cycles.
- COMs can select the combination of clinical core disciplines that best meet their unique needs and requirements, as well as choose the timetable to administer examinations.
Each COM has a secure NBOME account used to track student progress across all NBOME assessments.
- Convenient web and iPad delivery of COMAT subject exams offer enhanced security, adaptability and flexibility for COM administration.
- Administration of COMAT subject exams is also available at Prometric testing centers throughout the United States and Canada.
- COMs receive detailed feedback through school summary reports and individual student score reports, and scores are compared with national performance.
- COMAT is developed by leaders in osteopathic medicine and education, backed by decades of NBOME experience and expertise.
For in-depth exam information, please review the navigational links on this page, as well as the
COMAT Test Administration Guide
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