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Date Updated: November 9, 2011

Overview of Self-Assessment Services

The material presented in these self-assessments is provided by the NBME for educational purposes only.

Comprehensive Self-Assessments

The NBME offers three web-based self-assessments to medical students and graduates evaluating their readiness to take USMLE:

  • Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessment (CBSSA)
    The CBSSA uses multiple-choice items based on information typically covered during basic science medical education courses. The content of the CBSSA items resembles the content of those in Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®).
  • Comprehensive Clinical Science Self-Assessment (CCSSA)
    The CCSSA uses multiple-choice items based on information typically covered during the core clinical clerkships. The content of the CCSSA items resembles the content of those in Step 2 CK of the USMLE.
  • Comprehensive Clinical Medicine Self-Assessment (CCMSA)
    The CCMSA uses information typically covered in clinical encounters. The content of the CCMSA items resembles the content of those in the multiple-choice component of Step 3 of the USMLE.

NBME research demonstrates that under certain circumstances there is a moderate relationship between performance on the CBSSA and CCSSA and subsequent Step 1 or Step 2 CK. US and International medical students and graduates may find these self-assessments to be valuable tools as they prepare for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK.

Performance Feedback

Participants will receive a performance profile and a score interpretation guide immediately after completing a self-assessment. The performance profile provides an assessment score and graphically displays relative strengths and weaknesses in general topic areas. These profiles are similar to those that candidates receive for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. The score interpretation guide allows participants to “translate” an assessment score to an approximate corresponding Step 1 or Step 2 CK total score. The NBME does not warrant that any individual performance on these self-assessments will predict performance on Steps 1 or 2 CK and cautions participants against making any predictive inferences.

Participants have the option to receive expanded feedback in addition to the performance profile. This feedback includes the number of items answered incorrectly by content category and the ability to review the text of the incorrect items.



Clinical Science Mastery Series

The NBME expanded its self-assessment services to include the new Clinical Science Mastery Series. Built to the same content specifications as the NBME clinical science subject examinations, this web-based series provides self-assessments for US and international medical students who want to assess their knowledge of the clinical sciences covered during a clerkship or medical education course. Self-assessments are available for each of the following:

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
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 percentage of incorrect items marked. Participants are also able to review incorrectly answered items. 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 clinical science subject examination score scale.



Learn More

This guide provides additional information about the format, timing, performance profiles and access to the assessment.


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