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Examination Format

COMSAE Phase 1 and COMSAE Phase 2 examinations contain 176 items, divided into four sections of 44 questions each. All examination items are single-best-answer, multiple-choice format. Some items may include images or visual exhibits as attachments. There are no avatars or videos in COMSAE Phase 1 or 2; however, the actual COMLEX-USA examinations include these item types.

The COMSAE Phase 3 examination has 200 items, divided into four sections of 50 questions each. Some items may include images or visual exhibits as attachments. In addition, Phase 3 items may include videos. There are no avatars or Clinical Decision-Making Cases in COMSAE Phase 3; however, the actual COMLEX-USA examination includes these item types.

Timing Modes

All Phases of COMSAE have two timing modes.  A mode must be selected before launching a test. Once a mode is selected, it cannot be changed.

  • Timed Mode
    Similar to the suggested timing for COMLEX-USA, a maximum of four hours is allowed to complete the examination. This mode provides conditions as close as possible to those of COMLEX-USA and is associated with better outcomes.
  • Self-Paced Mode
    Examinees may proceed at their own pace with no time limit per section.

 

Technical Requirements

Requirements Windows Mac
Operating System Windows 7 and higher Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
Supported Browser Internet Explorer 9 and higher Safari 7 and higher
Google Chrome 41 and higher
Mozilla Firefox 36 and higher
Google Chrome 41 and higher
Mozilla Firefox 36 and higher

COMSAE is not intended for mobile devices.

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