Retaking An Exam: COMLEX-USA

Request for Rescheduling Fee Waiver for COMLEX-USA Examinations


Retaking an Exam

Candidates may not retake any level of COMLEX-USA to improve their scores or for any purpose other than to pass a previously failed examination.

Six Attempt Limit

Candidates are limited to total of six attempts for each exam, including but not limited to all attempts made before July 1, 2016. Candidates may take (including retakes) the COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2-CE, or Level 3 examination up to four times in any 12-month period. Review the Bulletin of Information for details.

When rescheduling, be sure to allow adequate time to retake the examination before your school’s graduation deadline, and keep in mind the time required for remediation and rescheduling. Also check the Score Release Information (typically 4–6 weeks). Remember that passing COMLEX-USA is a requirement not only for medical school graduation, but for starting a postgraduate medical education or residency training program.

Candidates should check the policies of your college of osteopathic medicine for its retake guidelines, which may differ from those of the NBOME. You will need the approval of your dean or residency program director to retake the examination; however, approval to retake a COMLEX-USA examination by a dean or residency program director will not override NBOME retake policy.

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