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New COMLEX-USA Level 1 Test Cycle

May 24, 2019

On May 20, 2019, the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination began its 2019-2020 test cycle. This is the first Level 1 cycle to fully align with the enhanced COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint.

New COMSAE Phase 1 Forms

To prepare for this event, we released new COMSAE Phase 1 forms in January 2019 to provide students with a reliable self-assessment tool. The new forms allow students to experience COMLEX-USA style test items and practice with the examination timing.

For further preparation, we have also released new COMLEX-USA Level 1 Practice Exams available here.

Interpreting COMSAE Phase 1 Scores

Following the implementation of the new blueprint, and administration of the enhanced COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination, a new passing standard will be set and applied to COMLEX-USA Level 1 administrations that began in May 2019.After the first several score releases of COMLEX-USA Level 1 beginning mid-July 2019, NBOME will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of scores on COMSAE Phase 1 and subsequent scores on Level 1. Following this evaluation, we will provide additional information to enhance interpretability of COMSAE Phase 1 scores and Level 1 scores.

Score Release Dates

The score release dates for candidates taking COMLEX-USA Level 1 from May 20-June 14, 2019, are anticipated to be longer than usual to allow sufficient time for the standard setting process to set a minimum passing score and statistically validate candidate performance for the new Level 1 testing cycle. Thereafter, we anticipate a normal reporting time for Level 1 score releases, subject to other delays contingent upon candidate scheduling, standard setting or other variables. The scores for tests taken May 20-June 14, 2019, scores are scheduled to be released July 16-18, 2019. Further score release dates can be found here.

Sample Score Report

We’ve posted a sample score report, which you can find in your NBOME account under “Student Scores”. Candidates and Schools can use this sample report to become familiar with the new format of the COMLEX-USA Level 1 candidate score report with the implementation of the Master Blueprint. This report will be implemented for all Level 1 administrations beginning May 20, 2019. The previous candidate score report will remain available for Level 1 administrations prior to May 1, 2019.

Update on the 2020-2021 Test Cycle

To accommodate an earlier initial score release in late June 2020, the 2020-2021 COMLEX-USA Level 1 test cycle will launch on May 4, 2020. This will allow sufficient time for statistical validation on items and candidate performance. Consequentially, there will likely be limited COMLEX-USA Level 1 testing dates in April 2020.