New and Expanded Learning Resources Available

Posted August 18, 2020

Making sure you can sit for your exam(s) as soon as possible is our highest priority. While this response remains critical, we also recognize the need for additional educational resources to help enrich your knowledge, which you can learn about below.


New Video Series Helps Medical Students and Residents Understand NBME Test Questions

  • Review a real, NBME-created test question
  • Gain insights from NBME physicians who authored cases and questions
  • Understand how other medical students review test questions when determining a response

To help medical students and residents better understand how exam questions measure their clinical knowledge during their education and training, NBME launched a new video series titled, Unlocking Assessment: Keys to Understanding Test Questions.

Featuring medical students interacting with NBME staff physicians, Thomas Rebbecchi, MD and Miguel Paniagua, MD, each video spotlights an example test question for an interactive discussion about how exam items are created. The videos also illustrate how question authors analyze a clinical scenario when creating content for NBME exams. The first two episodes are now available for viewing below.


Episode 1: Gastrointestinal System


Episode 2: Obstetrics and Gynecology


Answer Explanations Expanded to More NBME® Self-Assessments

Students have expressed a desire to receive explanations for correct and incorrect answers on NBME Self-Assessments. So far, answer explanations have been added to Medicine forms 3, 4, 5, and 6 and Surgery forms 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Clinical Mastery Series. 

Product Manager Jennifer Wise, PharmD, said NBME plans to release all self-assessments with answer explanations 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.”

Students who purchased Surgery forms 5 and 6 of the Clinical Mastery Series after July 18, 2019 can also expect to see answer explanations on those previous purchases. More information about answer explanations for other previously purchased self-assessment forms can be found in the FAQs.

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

Have questions? Check out the FAQs. Or, contact us at, on Twitter @NBMENow, or on Facebook with your feedback.


Free NBME Self-Assessments Available Through Sept. 30, 2020

To help students continue to sharpen their knowledge during testing delays that may result from COVID-19, seven complimentary NBME Self-Assessments are available. Free Self-Assessments include the following exams:

  • Comprehensive Basic Science (CBSSA) Forms 13, 15, 16, 17, and 19
  • Comprehensive Clinical Science (CCSSA) Form 7
  • Comprehensive Clinical Medicine (CCMSA) Form 5

After ordering any of the free Self-Assessments, students will have 90 days to complete it. Students will have unlimited time access their interactive score report on MyNBME and review each question, option set, and correct answer.

To access these free test forms, please go to and follow these instructions. (For the best online experience, use the latest version of Chrome, Edge, or Firefox):

  1. Enter your log-in information on the MyNBME sign-in screen.
  2. If this is the first time you’re logging in to the site, click First Time User to set up an account in the system.
  3. On the Home page, use the Product Search to find the self-assessment you’re looking for.
  4. Click on the name of the product, and select any form listed as “FREE”:
    • Comprehensive Basic Science (CBSSA) Forms 13, 15, 16, 17, and 19
    • Comprehensive Clinical Science (CCSSA) Form 7
    • Comprehensive Clinical Medicine (CCMSA) Form 5
  5. Choose your preferred pacing mode (Standard or Self-paced).
  6. Click Add to Cart, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

Helpful Resources

  • For information about interpreting your scores for the different forms, you can access our updated fact sheet or watch a webinar.
  • Be sure to read FAQs that will address your questions about ordering instructions, content, and other inquiries. Have other questions? Contact us at, on Twitter @NBMENow, or on Facebook


Webinar Available on COVID-19 updates for NBME® and USMLE® Programs

NBME and USMLE were invited to participate in a virtual discussion with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives (OSR). The May 19 discussion focused on COVID-19 updates and testing resumption plans. Below, you can watch Aggie Butler’s presentation on NBME academic programs including Self-Assessments:


To watch the full webinar with USMLE updates, please visit here.


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