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NBOME
COMLEX-USA BULLETIN of INFORMATION

Examination Administration

Arrival

All Levels

Candidates must arrive 30 minutes before the start of the scheduled test administration.

Identification

All Levels

Candidates must bring one piece of identification, which must be a valid government-issued photo ID with signature, such as a current driver’s license, military ID, or passport. If the identification does not include a signature, candidate must provide a secondary form of identification with a signature.

A candidate whose name is changed by marriage or for some other reason must notify the NBOME at least five business days in advance of testing if he or she is to be tested under the new name. Any candidate presenting an ID that does not match the name in the NBOME CRS portal will not be permitted to take the examination and will be considered a “No Show” for all purposes.

As part of the candidate’s identification processing, the driver’s license, military ID, or passport will be scanned in order to retain scanned information by the NBOME. All candidates will be digitally photographed and may be biometrically scanned (by fingerprint) as part of the registration process. This identification will be required to enter and exit the testing room.

Attire

Levels 1, 2-CE, 3

Candidates should dress comfortably as the examination may take a full day.

Level 2-PE

Candidates should be professionally dressed, including a white lab coat, and are required to provide their own standard stethoscope.

Late Arrival

Levels 1, 2-CE, 3

Any candidate who arrives at the designated test center up to 30 minutes after the scheduled start time and requests to take the examination will be permitted to do so, but only if the test center is able to deliver the examination in its entirety.

Any candidate who arrives later than 30 minutes past the scheduled start time and is not permitted to take the examination shall be considered a “No Show” unless the test center is able to deliver the examination in its entirety.

Level 2-PE

A candidate arriving late who misses the full orientation or any part thereof will not be allowed to take the examination unless the candidate acknowledges in writing that he or she missed all or any part of the orientation and confirms that he or she waives any and all claims, demands, liabilities, or obligations of the NBOME arising out of or relating to the taking of the examination, including but not limited to matters covered during the orientation session. In no instance will the candidate be permitted to begin his or her examination after the first clinical encounter starts.

Any candidate arriving late and missing any part of the first encounter will be considered a “No Show” and will not be allowed to take that examination. The candidate must reschedule to take the examination and pay all required fees.

No Outside Information or Access to Personal Items

All Levels

During the full test session, a candidate will not be permitted access to any information or data (except for information or data provided to the candidate by the NBOME or Prometric at the test center) and the candidate may not communicate in any manner with anyone outside the test center. Candidates are required to place all personal property, including watches, in the secure lockers provided at the test center. For Authorized Breaks (defined in “Breaks” section below) on the COMLEX-USA Levels 1, 2-CE, and 3 examinations, candidates will be permitted access to their lockers for food, drink, medicine, and other stored items including electronic devices such as cell phones. Except during Authorized Breaks, candidates may NOT access any personal items, including study materials or electronic devices. For the Level 2-PE exam, no locker access or access to any personal items, including study notes and cell phones, is granted until the conclusion of the exam. Any candidate found with prohibited materials or otherwise in violation of the terms herein may be considered to have committed or contributed to irregular conduct regardless of the intent of the candidate. In such cases the candidate may be removed from the testing area, and a notation of irregular conduct may be made on the score report. See also “Irregular Conduct.”

Breaks

Levels 1, 2-CE, 3

Computer-based examinations have three (3) Authorized Breaks candidates may choose to take during the course of the exam day: one (1) 40-minute lunch break and two (2) additional 10-minute breaks (one each scheduled during the morning and afternoon sessions). An Authorized Break is time scheduled by the NBOME throughout the COMLEX-USA Level 1, 2-CE and 3 examinations to allow candidates to exit the testing room. Authorized Breaks provide the candidate with a planned break from the timed exam, enabling the candidate time for lunch or to attend to personal matters. Authorized Break time does not count against total examination time, and candidates may choose to bypass these breaks. However, if the Authorized Break time is exceeded, the additional time will be deducted from the remaining examination time. Remember that when you re-enter the testing room after any break, you will need to show a valid ID and your fingerprint will be taken. Please allow sufficient time to check in and be seated. Any individual leaving the testing area at any time other than during an Authorized Break will be reported.

Any additional break time which may be provided to a candidate as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act is not covered within this section as separate instructions for the utilization of those breaks are provided to those candidates on an individual basis.

Food and Drink

Levels 1, 2-CE, 3

Candidates are not permitted to bring food or drink into the testing room. Food and drink must be stored in the assigned locker that candidates can access during the Authorized Breaks. If a candidate has a medical need that requires food or drink during the testing period, he or she must submit the request in writing to the NBOME in advance for consideration.

Level 2-PE

Each candidate will be provided with a boxed lunch at the first of two scheduled examination breaks; candidates may bring their own food (not requiring reheating) and beverages for use during the Authorized Breaks if desired. If a candidate has strict dietary needs, it is recommended that he or she bring his or her own food for the examination day.

Must Be Unaccompanied

All Levels

A candidate may not have in the testing area assigned to the candidate any family member, assistant, or other person for any reason except as specifically approved by the NBOME as a test accommodation.

Special Assistance

All Levels

Unauthorized possession of personal items in the secure testing area is prohibited. A candidate requiring the use of personal items for medical reasons during testing must contact the NBOME at least four weeks before his or her test date. Even though a candidate may not be a person with disability in accordance with the provisions of the ADA, the NBOME may provide limited special assistance if sufficient notification is provided to the NBOME. See also “Test Accommodation Requests” herein. The test center professional staff may permit or provide special assistance in accordance with the business parameters established between the test center provider and the NBOME; however, under no circumstance may the test center professional staff permit any additional time to take the examination or modify the examination or testing conditions in any way that would alter the standards for measurement of the knowledge or skill being tested by the examination. Examples of other special assistance that may be permitted include but are not limited to the use of ear plugs, dietary needs, taking of medication, breast pumps, or checking blood glucose during the exam.

Test Content Comments

All Levels

Candidates are encouraged to report to the NBOME any comments regarding examination content in the item notes fields that are available during the examination, or as provided in the post-examination surveys. These comments are reviewed by NBOME staff on a regular basis.

Emergency and Evacuation

All Levels

In the event of an emergency during administration of a COMLEX-USA examination, the NBOME (either directly or through Prometric) will endeavor to protect the safety of all candidates and staff while preserving the integrity of the examination. All candidates are required to follow the test center professional staff’s instructions and obey test center placards for their safety and the safety of others.

If as a result of the emergency or evacuation the examination cannot be completed in its entirety or the data from the examination is irretrievable, the examination score will not be scored. The candidate may schedule a new appointment to test on a mutually agreeable future date without incurring an additional fee. Any rescheduling hereafter requires that the candidate be responsible for the associated fees. Please contact NBOME Client Services (clientservices@nbome.org) should you have questions about reimbursement for testing fees, rescheduling fees or related travel expenses.

If a candidate has completed a valid examination before the emergency or evacuation, and the data from the examination are retrievable, the candidate’s examination may be scored and reported.

Missing Examination Data

All Levels

If a candidate’s examination data is missing, the examination may not be recorded or reported for the candidate.

Cancellation Due To Inclement Weather or Other Force Majeure

All Levels

In the event of severe inclement weather, force majeure, or other event beyond the control of the NBOME or Prometric, the NBOME or Prometric may in its sole discretion cancel a scheduled examination. If this occurs, candidates scheduled to take that examination may schedule a new appointment to test on a mutually agreeable future date without an additional fee. Any rescheduling thereafter requires that the candidate be responsible for any associated fees. The NBOME or Prometric will, when feasible, make information available to candidates on the status of the examination. Candidates may not be reimbursed for any travel or lodging expenses in the event that a test is canceled under these circumstances. Please contact NBOME Client Services (clientservices@nbome.org) should you have questions about reimbursement for testing fees, rescheduling fees or related travel expenses.

Test Center Contact Information

Levels 1, 2-CE, 3

The specific test center contact information for examinations is provided on the electronic receipt candidates receive as confirmation of a scheduled test date. Candidates should retain a copy of the receipt for future reference.

For information about the possible cancellation of an examination, candidates should visit the Prometric website or call 800-633-3926 to learn if the test center will be open for test administration.

Level 2-PE

The main telephone number for all of the NBOME National Centers for Clinical Skills Testing (NCCST) for the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE examination is 866-479-6828.

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