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Date Updated: December 13, 2018

International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Self-Assessment

The NBME offers the International Foundations of MedicineĀ® (IFOMĀ®) Clinical Science Self-Assessment. Built to the same content specifications as the IFOM Clinical Science Examination, this web-based examination provides a self-assessment for medical students who want to assess their knowledge of the clinical sciences in advance of taking the IFOM Clinical Science Examination, or for any other purpose.


Performance Feedback

Participants will receive a performance summary and a score interpretation guide immediately after completing a self-assessment.

  • The performance summary includes a total score and a list of all questions on the self-assessment with the correct answer displayed, by content category.
  • 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 International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Examination score scale.

Click here to review a sample performance feedback report

Coming Soon: Important Changes to IFOM Performance Feedback in January 2019

Beginning with exam administrations on January 1, 2019, the NBME will report scores for the IFOM Clinical Science Exams (not the self-assessment) on a new score scale: The score scale will be changed to report equated percent correct scores instead of standard scores. The new format will make the scores easier to interpret than the current format, thereby enhancing the usefulness of the performance feedback.

The IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment will not report scores as equated percent correct scores, but the self-assessment score interpretation guide will provide a table that allows the examinee to look up the equivalent equated percent correct score. Scores on self-assessments taken prior to this change (i.e., 2018 and before) cannot be compared to self-assessment scores received in 2019 and after.

In addition, the content categorizations on the IFOM Basic and Clinical Science Exams and the IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment will be slightly changed and reorganized. The content category titles on the performance feedback will also be modified to reflect these changes.

The content of the IFOM exams remains largely unchanged, although, over time, the exams could have slight shifts of emphasis across organ systems based on the reorganization of content.

However, please note: The performance feedback from test administrations that occur through December 31, 2018 will differ, as described above (different method for reporting total test score, different content categories), compared to test administrations that occur on January 1, 2019 or later.

Language Availability

The IFOM® Clinical Science Self-Assessment is available in English and Spanish.

Essential Information

Please see the table below for essential information about self-assessments. Additional details are provided in the NBME Self-Assessment Services Information Guide.

  IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment
Format One form: 80 multiple-choice items.
Standard-Paced Two sections; 40 items. Up to 1 hour to complete each section.
Self-Paced Two sections; 40 items. Up to 4 hours to complete each section.
Access & Administration Self-Assessments are delivered over the Web. Once you purchase a self-assessment, you must log into the system and launch it within 30 days. After the self-assessment is launched, you must complete it within 20 days. You may log off and resume/continue the self-assessment at any time during this 20 day administration period.
Fees Self-assessments are available for a fee of $35.00 in US currency. Payment is non-refundable.

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