NBME for OMS Applicants

AAOMS will offer the National Board of Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination in February and July, granting training programs an enhanced method to evaluate candidates for positions.

The exam is open to all dental students interested in applying to oral and maxillofacial surgery residencies and allows applicants to measure their understanding of basic science. Please note AAOMS now limits the number of times the Comprehensive Basic Science Examination can be taken to six. After completion, applicants will receive an electronic score report from National Board of Medical Examiners within 30 days. A copy of the score report also will be provided to AAOMS.

Register for the exam

Register online for the February 2024 exam

The registration deadline is Dec. 31, 2023.

Scheduling permits will be available in November

Or mail the PDF registration form along with remittance to:

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5701

*All registrations received after Nov. 30, 2023, will be assessed a $100 late fee. No registrations will be accepted after Dec. 31, 2023.


Test center assignments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A delay in scheduling can mean your test center of choice is unavailable, and you may have to travel a farther distance to find an alternative option.

Exam dates
Feb. 3, 2024

For ADA accommodations, contact advancededucation@aaoms.org by Dec. 1, 2023, for the February exam.

Cancellation of registration and refunds

A processing fee of $75 will be charged per registrant for cancellations received by Jan. 3, 2024. Cancellations received after Jan. 3 are not eligible for a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to advancededucation@aaoms.org. No refunds will be provided to no-shows.

Exam location

Prometric Testing Center

Exam fee and payment

Subject to change. Payment in full must accompany each online registration.

For more information, contact advancededucation@aaoms.org.

Comprehensive Basic Science Examination

Number of items: 200
Exam length: 5 hours, 15 minutes (includes a 15-minute optional break)*

*All web examinations are preceded by a tutorial that adds 15 minutes to the exam length.
*All incidents that occur during an exam must be reported to AAOMS at advancededucation@aaoms.org within 10 days of the exam.
*Examinees may sit for the National Board of Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination through AAOMS only six times.
Web versions are one minute longer than the paper version to allow for even timing across the four sections of these examinations.