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Retaking An Exam: COMLEX-USA

Retaking An Examination

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. Candidates who have failed an examination may retake the examination a maximum of four times in any 12-month period.

Six Attempt Limit

Candidates taking COMLEX-USA examinations are limited to a total of six attempts for each examination.

The only consideration for an exception to this policy, allowing for one additional attempt beyond the six-attempt limit, is at the explicit request of a medical licensing agency.

For the NBOME to waive the limitation of a maximum of six attempts for any COMLEX-USA examination, candidates are required to obtain a written petition for waiver from a medical licensing agency.

Effective July 1, 2022, candidates taking COMLEX-USA examinations will be limited to a total of four (4) attempts for each examination (COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2-CE, Level 2-PE and Level 3), including but not limited to all attempts prior to July 1, 2022. After June 30, 2022, no candidate will be allowed to take any examination more than four (4) times without obtaining approval from the NBOME.
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