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Updates to COMLEX-USA Level 3 exams

The COMLEX-USA Level 3 test will undergo several changes in 2018.

Beginning in September 2018, COMLEX-USA Level 3 will become a two-day computer-based exam. The test will include three sections of multiple-choice questions, single best answer test questions and increase the number of clinical decision-making cases that require short answer responses. Questions and cases also may include images, videos or audio clips.

The update comes as a response to keeping the exam current to meet the requirements of the state licensing boards and the evolution of the osteopathic medical practice. As part of the new COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint, Levels 1 and 2 will be updated in 2018.

Exams given before April 28, 2018, will be one day. The last day to register for the one-day exam is March 15, 2018, and scheduling for the two-day exam begins March 16, 2018.

With the change to a two-day format, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners has also created a new eligibility criteria that will go into effect in the new year. Residency program directors will be asked to ensure residents are in good academic and professional standing and approve them to take the test. It will also be recommended that residents take the Level 3 exam at least six months into residency.

For information regarding test preparation, dates, fees and more, visit the NBOME website.

For further reading

New COMLEX update available for residency program directors

New and improved: NBOME’s Residency Program Director’s Guide to COMLEX-USA

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