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NBOME

COMAT Administrations

UPDATED MARCH 30, 2021

To enable COMs to plan for COMAT use in the 2021-2022 academic year, NBOME is pleased to offer three COMAT administration options beginning July 2021. These options provide flexibility in location and proctoring use to help address your assessment challenges.

To enable COMs to plan for COMAT use in the 2021-2022 academic year, NBOME is pleased to offer three COMAT administration options beginning July 2021. These options provide flexibility in location and proctoring use to help address your assessment challenges.

Option Features Price
In-person proctored Highest exam security with proctors on campus or at rotation sites Lowest
Remote proctored Provides exam security by COM proctors monitoring remote administrations In between
Self-proctored Most flexible for location and timing but least secure Highest

COMAT administrations at Prometric Testing Centers will no longer be offered in light of the new administration options.

Our contracts and pricing for the 2021-2022 academic year will be distributed in April. As in the past, COMAT pricing for each COM will vary based on contracted usage. Note: the self-proctored option will be priced $4.00 higher than the in-person proctored option based on dean feedback about the importance of enhancing security and test integrity with the self-proctored administrations.

We will host a webinar prior to the end of the academic year to discuss administration options, demonstrate remote proctoring features, and answer your questions.

Thank you for your use of the COMAT series and your dedication to NBOME’s mission to protect the public. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact our Client Services team or call 866-479-6828 Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time for assistance.

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

To enable COM faculty and staff to effectively plan for COMAT administrations for the remainder of the current academic year, NBOME is pleased to confirm that remotely administered COMAT-SP (self-proctored) examinations will continue to be available through the current COMAT Clinical Subject examination cycle, which ends on June 26, 2020. We will determine the availability of this option for the 2021-2022 academic year as we monitor the limitation of on-campus activities resulting from the pandemic.

COMAT FBS examinations will also continue to be available for remote self-proctored administration as well as on-campus proctored administration through this academic year.

COMAT administrations at Prometric testing centers will continue to be unavailable this academic year. We expect to offer a remote proctoring feature for COMAT in the next academic year as an alternative for in-person proctored examinations.

Thank you, as always, for your support of the COMAT series and NBOME’s mission to protect the public. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Client Services team or call 866-479-6828 Monday-Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM ET for assistance.


JUNE 5, 2020

To enable COM faculty and staff to effectively plan for COMAT administrations in the next academic year, NBOME is pleased to share that COMAT-SP (self-proctored) will continue to be available at the start of the next COMAT Clinical subject examination cycle, on July 15, 2020. We will remain flexible with long-term availability of this option as we monitor the recovery of COMs from social distancing requirements. If we observe later in the academic year that all students are back on campus, we may revert to proctored on-campus administrations, as required previously.

COMAT administration at Prometric testing centers will continue to be unavailable. However, we are working with Prometric to develop a remote proctoring option for COMAT Clinical subject examinations as an alternative to the in-center Prometric administration.

COMAT FBS examinations -- both Comprehensive and Targeted -- will be available for selfproctored administration as well as on-campus proctored administration. Please note that the FBS Comprehensive exam will be shortened to 4 hours/200 questions beginning September 1, 2020.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support of the COMAT series and our mission to protect the public. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Client Services team or call 866-479-6828 Monday-Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM ET for assistance.


APRIL 20, 2020

To enable College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty and students to continue their important work during this challenging time, the NBOME developed an alternative assessment delivery method for the COMAT examination series, launching these as COMAT Self-Proctored (COMAT-SP) exam forms.

NBOME has enabled COMs to deliver COMAT Subject Exams and FBS Exams to students in remote locations, including student residences. Note: Effective April 20, 2020 and until further notice, the Prometric Testing Center Option is unavailable.

At this time, the examination launch and administration do not involve high-security remote proctoring tools. Remote proctoring will be further studied but will not be available in this time frame. The integrity of these administrations rely on the honor system and codes of conduct of each educational institution, and schools will determine, as they do with other COMAT exam forms, how to interpret the scores and factor that into overall student evaluation. Further information about implications for scoring will be provided in the future.

NBOME is committed to supporting COMs and COM students using COMAT through this process. Please feel free to contact us with questions at clientservices@nbome.org.

For more information on other COMAT exams, please click here.


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