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What to Expect when Scheduling & Registering for COMLEX-USA with Pearson VUE

The NBOME began transitioning its administration of the COMLEX-USA series to Pearson VUE with Level 3 in January, and registration for Level 1 and Level 2-CE are now open. As candidates and COMs alike prepare for this transition, here are a few things to keep in mind about testing with Pearson VUE.

1). Breaks are scheduled differently.
Moving forward with Pearson VUE, each candidate will receive a 60-minute pool of break time, to be used across three scheduled breaks however they see fit. For example, a candidate may choose to utilize the first and third break in 15-minute increments, and the second as a lunch period for 30 minutes. This time does not count against overall testing time; however, unscheduled breaks (those outside the scheduled break time) will count against testing time.

For more information on what to expect on Testing Day for each Level, visit home.pearsonvue.com/nbome.


2). Level 1 and Level 2-CE exams will be administered on any day there is a Pearson VUE testing center open and available. To find a list of Pearson VUE testing centers, visit home.pearsonvue.com/nbome.


3). There will be non-testing dates for Level 1 and Level 2-CE in the spring.
The NBOME typically does not offer testing between cycles for Level 1 and Level 2-CE.

See testing and score release dates for Level 1.

See testing and score release dates for Level 2-CE.


4). When scheduling Level 3 2-day examinations, candidates must do so no less than 40 days prior to the start of the testing window which includes the first desired testing date. For example, if a candidate wished to schedule the first day of their Level 3 exam on March 9, they will need to register on or before February 1.

For more on registration deadlines and scheduling requirements for Level 3, visit nbome.org/assessments/comlex-usa/examination-dates.

Note that your NBOME account will now display two lines on the ‘My Exams’ page – one for each day of the Level 3 exam. These two lines does not mean the exam was purchased twice.


5). Rescheduling is permitted up to 24 hours in advance of your appointment.
However, the scheduling windows for each Level would still apply. If you wish to reschedule Level 1 or Level 2-CE, you must select a date no less than five days from the day you decide to change. For example, if you decide on the 25th that you want to reschedule, the earliest you could do so would be the 30th.

For Level 3, you would need to reschedule by the scheduling deadline for each testing window.

Rescheduling/cancellation fees may also apply if you are within 30 days of your current scheduled date.

For more information on registration and scheduling deadlines, visit nbome.org/assessments/comlex-usa/examination-dates/.


6). When rescheduling Level 3 2-day examination, Day 1 and Day 2 of your examination must be scheduled within a 14-day window and Day 1 must be scheduled before Day 2. If it is not possible to reschedule your current appointments, and you see dates available outside your 14-day window that you would prefer, please cancel your existing appointment and schedule a new appointment for your desired dates.

These registration timelines help ensure that your examination will be properly delivered at the testing center.


7). Reach out to the NBOME accommodations team if you have been previously approved by the NBOME to receive test accommodations for COMLEX-USA exams. Before registering for or scheduling an exam, please email testacc@nbome.org with the COMLEX-USA exam for which you are seeking to schedule, so that the approved accommodations can be added to your registration profile.

For more information, visit our Test Accommodations page.

For additional information on the Pearson VUE transition, please see our FAQs for Level 1, Level 2-CE, and Level 3.

Our Client Services team is also available to answer any questions, Monday-Friday, 8am-5 pm CT, at ClientServices@nbome.org.