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COMLEX-USA Exam Format

COMLEX-USA Computer-Based Examination Outline
SectionQuestions
144Morning Session: 4 Hours Total Testing Time
Questions can be answered, reviewed, and changed one section at a time. Individual sections are not timed.
244
Authorized 10-minute break
344
444
Authorized 40-minute lunch break
544Afternoon Session: 4 Hours Total Testing Time
Questions can be answered, reviewed, and changed one section at a time. Individual sections are not timed.
644
Authorized 10-minute break
744
844

Available Examination Features

Examination Review Screen
A review page is presented for each section. This provides candidates with information about the status of the items in the current section, which includes questions completed, questions marked for further review, and questions left incomplete (i.e., no answer is given).

Advancing through Examination Sections
Once a section is completed, the candidate cannot return to review or change any answers within that section.

Time Limitations
Although each section is four hours in total, individual sections are untimed. A clock is provided to assist with time management. Warnings are given of the time remaining before the end of each four-hour section.

Examination Visual References
Use of an “Exhibit” button may be required in order to see graphic materials related to a test question. These “Exhibits” consist of images, video or audio avatars. In some cases, two “Exhibits” may be used in order to answer a question.

Additional Tools
New functional features have been added, including a built-in standard calculator and lab values with reference ranges (where applicable) embedded directly into test questions and clinical cases. These features were made available during the COMLEX-USA 2017–18 new test cycles for each examination.

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