Enhancing COMLEX-USA

Information for Residency Programs

COMLEX-USA Level 3 is transitioning to a two-day exam in September 2018 as part of the overall enhancement of the COMLEX-USA examination series, aligning with the new master blueprint.

There are new eligibility criteria for Level 3 examinations. As a residency program director, you will need to attest to the fact that your resident is in good academic and professional standing in an AOA- or ACGME-accredited program and the resident is approved to take the Level 3 examination.

Good standing denotes that the resident has met the academic and professional requirements of the residency program and is eligible to continue as a resident in the program.

New Criteria

The NBOME recommends (but does not require) that the Level 3 examination be taken after a minimum of six months in residency.

Why Attestation?

How Will Program Directors Attest to “Good Standing”?

After a resident requests an attestation, the program director will:

There will be no Level 3 examinations administered between May 1 and September 9, 2018.

The two-day exam format begins September 10, 2018. Candidates may register for the two-day Level 3 exam beginning on March 16, 2018.

The passing standard for COMLEX-USA Level 3 will be reviewed and a new passing standard implemented for the 2018-2019 COMLEX-USA Level 3 testing cycle beginning September 10, 2018. The score release dates for candidates taking COMLEX-USA Level 3 from September 10 to December 15, 2018 are “to be determined” and are anticipated to be longer than the usual time to release scores to allow sufficient time for the standard setting process to set a minimum passing score and statistically validate candidate performance for the new Level 3 testing cycle.

If you have any difficulty or have any questions, contact Client Services by phone at 866.479.6828 or by email at clientservices@nbome.org.

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