For the 2021-2022 academic year, some schools are transitioning back to in-person testing while other schools continue to rely on remote testing options. This flexibility can help each institution respond to COVID-19 outbreaks and severe weather.
To continue to support schools’ need for flexibility, NBME will continue to offer Web-Conferencing with Remote Proctoring exam delivery through June 2022. The service is available for NBME® Subject Examinations; Customized Assessment Services; and International Foundations of Medicine® (IFOM®) web-based Basic Science Examinations (in English only) and Clinical Science Examinations (in English and Spanish). All exams are also available for web-based administration with in-person proctoring.
Research by NBME psychometric professionals focused on examinees’ performances continue to show no meaningful score differences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read a story about this ongoing study here.
When placing orders in the MyNBME Services Portal, please continue to indicate whether the exam you plan to administer will be delivered in person or remotely with web conferencing in the medical school ordering system.
Executive chief proctors can access information about security and approved web-conferencing tools and obtain Web-Conferencing with Remote Proctoring instructions on the MyNBME Services Portal.
In Summer 2021, NBME launched a pilot to offer medical schools an enhanced remote proctoring solution for non-licensure, lower-stakes assessments, namely NBME Subject Examinations and Customized Assessment Services. Enhancements include the imbedding of conferencing capabilities like video, audio and chat as well as security features such as anomaly flagging and temporary video recording of exam sessions. The pilot is ongoing, and NBME continues to evaluate the experiences of medical school participants with this option.
We will continue to connect with educators, administrators and clinicians to gather feedback and recommendations, share our findings and discuss potential enhancements for educators. For more information about the pilot, please email NBMEwebtest@nbme.org.