TAKING AN NBME® SELF‑ASSESSMENT

With NBME Self-Assessments, you can evaluate your readiness for the USMLE®, an NBME Subject Exam, or the International Foundations of Medicine® (IFOM®) Exam.

The updated 2021 forms will now also include in-depth answer explanations, allowing you to reinforce your knowledge and maximize study time as you prepare for your exam. Learn more about this year's forms below and watch a webinar on the upcoming changes. 

2021 Form Updates

Learn More Than Your Score: Upcoming Improvements to NBME Self-Assessments

 

Post-Webinar Survey

 

Learn More than Your Score

In addition to providing predictive scores, the 2021 NBME Self-Assessment forms now feature in-depth answer explanations. This gives you access to comprehensive feedback so you can:

  • Quickly identify mistakes and learn the rationale behind the correct answer
  • Reinforce your knowledge as you prepare for your upcoming exam
  • Maximize your study time with less need to consult external sources

 

Better Alignment to Recent USMLE® Step 1 Changes

Although answer explanations will be available across all updated 2021 NBME Self-Assessment forms, there will be additional updates to the Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessments (CBSSA). These will be revised to reflect the August 2020 amendments to the USMLE Step 1 Exam, which now includes questions on communication skills to expand the assessment of soft competencies.

Six updated forms will be introduced and six will be retired:

• Updated form numbers: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

• Retired form numbers: 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24

 

Self-Assessment Content

NBME provides a variety of web-based self-assessments to US and international medical students and graduates through MyNBME.

Comprehensive Self-Assessments

  • Evaluate your readiness to take the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 3.
  • Target your studies using diagnostic feedback highlighting areas of strength and weakness.
  • Use your self-assessment score to estimate your approximate score on the USMLE score scale.

We offer three self-assessments to medical students and graduates evaluating their readiness to take USMLE:

Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessment

  • Uses multiple-choice items based on information typically covered during basic science medical education courses 
  • Content resembles that of the USMLE Step 1

Comprehensive Clinical Science Self-Assessment

  • Uses multiple-choice items based on information typically covered during the core clinical clerkships 
  • Content resembles that of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge 

Comprehensive Clinical Medicine Self-Assessment

  • Uses information typically covered in clinical encounters 
  • Content resembles that of the USMLE Step 3

Clinical Science Mastery Series 

  • Assess your medical knowledge or understanding of the clinical sciences.
  • Target your studies using feedback that provides a breakdown of incorrectly answered questions by content category.
  • Translate your self-assessment score to an approximate score on the NBME Subject Exam score scale.

Self-Assessments for the Clinical Science Mastery Series are built to the same content specifications as the NBME Clinical Science Subject Exams and are offered in the following content areas:

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Self-Assessment 

  • Evaluate your readiness to take the International Foundation of Medicine (IFOM) Clinical Science Exam. 
  • Get familiar with questions that appeared on IFOM Clinical Science Exam.
  • Target your studies using diagnostic feedback highlighting areas of strength and weakness.
  • Use your self-assessment score to estimate your approximate score on the IFOM score scale.

Built to the same content specifications as the IFOM Clinical Science Examination, this self-assessment is primarily for medical students who want to assess their knowledge of the clinical sciences in advance of taking their exam.

Purchasing

Self-Assessments can be purchased through your MyNBME account.

Pricing is based on the assessment type and the inclusion of additional features, such as performance profiles.

 

Comprehensive Self-Assessments

 

Clinical Mastery Series

 

IFOM Clinical Science

Self-Assessment

$60 $20 $35

 

Performance Feedback

Learn about the types of performance feedback that are included with your self-assessment and click the resources tab to view sample feedback reports. 

Performance feedback for the Comprehensive Self-Assessments includes:

  • An assessment score for the Comprehensive Basic Science and Comprehensive Clinical Science Self-Assessments on the same scale as USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK respectively*
  • Performance explanations and illustrations that align with the USMLE Score Report*
  • Diagnostic feedback that highlights areas of strengths and weaknesses relative to overall performance*
  • Diagnostic feedback that highlights areas of strengths and weaknesses relative to a USMLE comparison group*
  • The ability to review the correct answer for all items
  • Longitudinal feedback provided when multiple assessments are completed

* Not available for the Comprehensive Clinical Medicine Self-Assessment

View a sample performance feedback report.

Performance feedback for the Clinical Science Mastery Series includes:

  • A score interpretation guide with a conversion table that translates an assessment score to an approximated total score of the Subject Examination score scale
  • The ability to review the correct answer for all items
  • Longitudinal feedback provided when multiple assessments are completed

View a sample performance feedback report.

Performance feedback for the IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment includes:

  • A performance summary containing a total score and a list of all questions on the self-assessment with the correct answer displayed, by content category
  • A score interpretation guide that includes a conversion table that a participant can use to "translate" the self-assessment score to an approximate score on the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Examination score scale

View a sample performance feedback report.

Resources

Watch the Unlocking Assessment Series to learn how other students approach NBME test questions.

 

Quick Links

 

Recorded Webinar: Changes to Score Reports for NBME Comprehensive Self-Assessments