NBOME

Foundational Biomedical Sciences

Exam

Format

The COMAT FBS Comprehensive Examination consists of 250 items that must be completed within 5 hours (examination time). A 5-minute tutorial is provided before each exam begins. The exam is given in two separate sections of 125 items each (2½ hours per section). After section 1 is completed, an optional 45-minute break is offered (not counted against the total test time). Unused test time from section 1 will not be added to section 2. The comprehensive FBS examination has multiple forms, and all are psychometrically equivalent in content covered, level of difficulty, and reliability, allowing COMs to administer the FBS exams multiple times per year.

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