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. 

2021 Form Updates

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

 

2021 Form FAQs

Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessments (CBSSA)

Comprehensive Clinical Science Self-Assessments (CCSSA)

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