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Date Updated: March 5, 2014

Self-Assessment Services

The NBME offers comprehensive web-based self-assessments to anyone who may be preparing to take USMLE or who wants to become familiar with USMLE.  These self-assessments are built to the same content specifications as USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and the multiple-choice component of Step 3, respectively.  They are available for a fee of $50.00 (or $60.00 for the expanded feedback option) by visiting the NBME Self-Assessment Services (NSAS) Interactive Website and using a credit card or money order as payment.

The NBME also provides a Clinical Science Mastery Series.  These web-based self-assessments allow anyone to assess their knowledge of the clinical sciences covered during a clerkship or medical education course.  They are built to the same content specifications as the NBME clinical science subject examination and can be purchased through the NSAS Website for a fee of $20.00.

NBME Voucher Information Program (VIP)

The NBME Voucher Information Program (VIP) allows medical schools, residency programs and other institutions to purchase payment vouchers for self-assessment services.  Each voucher is good for one year from the NBME date of issue.  These prepaid vouchers may be distributed to participants and used to request a self-assessment. 

The online VIP is available through the NBME Services Portal, the primary interface for institutions to access NBME services.  It offers an NBME Store through which vouchers can be purchased and provides the capability to retrieve and track vouchers as well as view the performance feedback for those who redeemed the vouchers and completed a self-assessment.

Access to VIP varies according to the type of organization requesting the vouchers.  School User Account Administrators can create accounts for faculty or staff who need access to the VIP.  However, the NBME can create accounts and set up access to VIP for individuals at residency programs and other organizations.

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