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Date Updated: May 25, 2016

International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Self-Assessment

The NBME offers the International Foundations of Medicine® (IFOM®) Clinical Science Self-Assessment.   Built to the same content specifications as the IFOM Clinical Science Examination, this web-based examination provides a self-assessment for international medical students who want to assess their knowledge of the clinical sciences in advance of taking the IFOM Clinical Science Examination, or for any other purpose.

Performance Feedback

Participants will receive a performance report and a score interpretation guide immediately after completing a self-assessment.  The performance report includes a self-assessment score, the total number of incorrect items by content category and the ability to review the text of incorrectly answered items.  Correct answers are not provided as a part of the review.  The score interpretation guide 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.

Language Availability

The IFOM® Clinical Science Self-Assessment is available in English and Spanish; a Portuguese form will be available in Fall 2016.

Essential Information

Please see the table below for essential information about these self-assessments.  Additional details are provided in the NBME Self-Assessment Services Information Guide.

  IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment
Format One form: 80 multiple-choice items. All forms have expanded feedback.
Standard-Paced Two sections; 40 items. Up to 1 hour to complete each section.
Self-Paced Two sections; 40 items. Up to 4 hours to complete each section.
Access & Assessment Self-Assessments are delivered over the Web. You must log on to access a self-assessment and start it within 30 days (access period). Once the self-assessment is started, you must complete it within 20 days. You may sign off and resume/continue the self-assessment at any time during this 20-day administration period.
Fees These self-assessments are available for a fee of $35.00 in US currency. Payment is non-refundable.

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