Additional Answer Explanations Planned for NBME® Self-Assessments in 2020 and 2021

Posted November 12, 2020

Many students have expressed interest in having explanations for correct and incorrect answers on NBME® Self-Assessments. Earlier in 2020, answer explanations were added to Medicine forms 3, 4, 5 and 6 and Surgery forms 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Clinical Mastery Series. Starting Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, answer explanations will be available on Obstetrics/Gynecology forms 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Jennifer Wise, PharmD, said NBME plans to release answer explanations for all self-assessments over time.

“Explanations for the right and wrong answers can help students maximize valuable study time,” Wise said. “Students can more easily learn from mistakes and reinforce what they already understand.”

Self-Assessment Forms that Will Include Answer Explanations in Early 2021

In early 2021, students can look forward to seeing answer explanations for the following forms:

  • Pediatrics forms 3, 4, 5 and 6: available Jan. 4, 2021
  • Clinical Neurology forms 3, 4, 5 and 6: available Feb. 19, 2021
  • Comprehensive Clinical Medicine form 5: available March 4, 2021
  • Psychiatry forms 3, 4 and 5: available March 8, 2021

New Self-Assessment Forms Coming Soon

Additionally, the following new self-assessment forms with answer explanations will be released during spring and summer 2021. (In January 2021, NBME will share more detailed information about these new forms with students and educators.)

“We welcome students’ feedback on how we can improve their learning experiences,” Wise said, “not only during this challenging time, but throughout students’ educational journeys.”

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