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NBOME Exam Updates

April 24, 2019

Launched  |  COMLEX-USA  |  New Level 2-PE Exam

As part of our transition of COMLEX-USA examination series to a contemporary, two-decision point, competency-based blueprint and evidence-based design model, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE examination in March 2019.  This is the second exam to align with the enhanced COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint, after the Level 3 release in September 2018.

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Coming Soon  |  COMLEX-USA  |  New Level 1 and Level 2-CE Exams

The roll-out of the enhanced Master Blueprint continues through 2019, with a planned update to Level 1 launching in May and Level 2-CE in June. To accompany these updates, we’ve added new content to our website related to COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2-CE and Level 2-PE to align with the Master Blueprint and test specifications. This enhanced content also includes new practice exams for Level 1 and Level 2-CE. Current versions of the COMLEX-USA Content and practice exam versions will be retired in May and June, respectively.

The launch of the enhanced COMLEX-USA is the culmination of nearly 10 years of work and evidence-based design by experts and leaders from across the organization and the country who contributed in all areas to the creation and deployment of this state of the art assessment.

Launched  |  COMAT-FBS  |  Comprehensive

In March 2019, the NBOME officially rolled out COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences (FBS) Comprehensive, following a successful pilot program that began in December 2018. The comprehensive examination covers 10 body systems and 6 disciplines — all in one 250 item, 5 hour exam.

Designed to assess first and second year osteopathic medical student (OMS I, OMS II) progress in basic biomedical sciences, COMAT FBS Comprehensive provides summative assessment of osteopathic medical student knowledge, skills and abilities in the foundational biomedical sciences, as well as helps students prepare for COMLEX-USA Level 1. The FBS Comprehensive examination may be used for end-of-course assessment for students enrolled at a college of osteopathic medicine (COM). Individual COMs may also administer the examination at other times in accordance with their curriculum goals and mission. This examination emphasizes core knowledge and elements of osteopathic principles and practice in the foundational biomedical sciences disciplines that are essential for the pre-doctoral osteopathic medical student.

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Coming Soon  |  COMAT FBS  |  Targeted

The COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences (FBS) Targeted examinations will provide a means to assess student knowledge and skills related to a particular discipline or organ system throughout the first two years of medical education. This targeted approach will enable schools to customize their portfolio of COMAT examinations to best meet the evolving assessment needs and requirements as they pertain to osteopathic medical student knowledge, skills and abilities.

Each 90-minute COMAT FBS Targeted exams will consist of 62 items with content specific to each of 8 body systems and 6 disciplines.

More information on COMAT FBS Targeted will be available soon.