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Date Updated: February 12, 2019

FAQs about the Self-Assessment Program


How do I purchase the self-assessments?

The comprehensive self-assessments may be purchased through MyNBME. The NBME accepts Visa, and MasterCard.

Are the comprehensive self-assessments for USMLE available for purchase through NBME the same as the USMLE practice tests available through the Prometric Centers?

No: the self-assessments contain different content and are available at any time to any person who wishes to purchase one via MyNBME, and may be taken in any location in which you have a suitable computer with internet connectivity. The self-assessments provide you detailed diagnostic information about your performance upon completion of the test, including areas of strength and weakness, as well as a lookup table for USMLE scores (Comprehensive Basic Science and Comprehensive Clinical Science Self-Assessments only).

The USMLE practice tests at the Prometric Centers cannot be scheduled or purchased until you receive your USMLE registration permit, and must be taken onsite at a Prometric Center. The material on the Prometric practice test contains the same sample test materials provided by the USMLE registration entities and at the USMLE website, and is shorter than the actual corresponding USMLE exam. This option allows you to experience USMLE sample test materials in the same environment as your actual test. The practice exams provide you limited diagnostic information (percent of items answered correctly in each block) upon completion of the practice test.



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