COMAT Clinical Subjects | Scoring & Reporting
Scores for each subject examination are reported as standard scores, which account for minor differences in difficulty between forms. Standard scores are set to have a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 10 based on a representative sample of nationally normed data. Standard score scales are reviewed annually and may be re-established at the discretion of the NBOME.
Scores for exams administered from Wednesday – Tuesday will be released Thursday of the following week. This varies slightly when a new testing cycle begins or when there are non-testing days scheduled.
Upcoming special score release dates include the following:
||Score Release Date
|November 20-25, 2019
||November 27, 2019
|December 18-24, 2019
||January 7, 2020
Reports are scheduled to be released 5-10 business days after administration.
- Both single administration and cumulative reports are provided to COMs.
- Reports for single administrations include a score roster, a frequency table, an item key phrase report, and a school-level performance summary with a graphic profile of school performance on subtopics.
- Cumulative reports summarize school performance from the beginning of the academic year. They include the above features plus a school-level performance summary with a graphic profile of school performance on subtopics during the academic year.
COM Comparative Summary Reports by COMAT discipline are available to COMs on the secure Dean’s Page of the Client Registration System. COMs are able to compare their COM student performance with other unidentified COMs. These reports for the testing cycle/academic year are uploaded annually in August or September.
All reports are posted to a secure website, maintained by the NBOME. COMs are provided access to this site to review, print, and archive reports. Each COM may decide how to distribute student score reports. NBOME will not send COMAT student score reports directly to students.
The NBOME conducts a thorough quality assurance process to ensure that all candidate scores are accurate. However, if a COM chooses, we will confirm an examination score for any COMAT exam if a school coordinator submits a written request within 30 days after the scores are released. Individual students may not request score confirmations.
Because score confirmation is limited solely to computer-recorded responses, the score is unlikely to change. The NBOME will ensure that all sections were complete and that responses were graded against the proper form. The NBOME does not release information about the scoring of individual exam questions.
The fee for score confirmation is $25, and the request must be accompanied by a check or credit card information. A score confirmation entails retrieving the original test responses, checking for any testing or data abnormalities, rescoring using a process different from the operational scoring process, and comparing the rescored results with the originally reported scores. Results of a score confirmation will be sent to the school coordinator by Client Services within two weeks of the request.
For in-depth exam information, please view the COMAT Test Administration Guide.