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Item Writers

The NBOME welcomes enthusiastic, interested and qualified individuals to consider writing test items in their respective specialty for use in COMLEX-USA and/or COMAT examinations

You may qualify to join the small but unique group of individuals who contribute to the future of osteopathic medicine by writing or reviewing test items for COMLEX-USA or COMAT examinations if:

For more information, please contact the NBOME item writing team.

Online Item Writing Course Available

Item Writing 101 is designed to take an item writer through all the phases of constructing an item - from the assignment to the last answer option - in addition to providing an overview of test development and NBOME examinations.

The NBOME recommends this course to both novice and experienced item writers as a means to improve item-writing quality and understanding strategies that candidates may employ. For novice writers, Item Writing 101 provides a strong foundation from which to develop higher-order items in the appropriate NBOME format. For experienced writers, the course provides resources such as an item-writing checklist, up-to-date reference guidelines, and suggestions for writing distractors.

The NBOME recommends that all National Faculty members complete Item Writing 101: Multiple-Choice Items with Realistic Clinical Scenarios. Item Writing 101 provides basic training in writing a realistic clinical scenario and single-best-option multiple-choice item. This interactive course includes videos of National Faculty Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as well as interactive activities throughout. This course places an emphasis on assessing competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. It is provided at no cost, courtesy of the NBOME. Please click here to learn more.