NBME for OMS Applicants

AAOMS offers NBME CBSE for OMS applicants

To provide OMS applicants an opportunity to measure their understanding of the basic sciences and OMS training programs an enhanced mechanism to evaluate applicants for residency positions, AAOMS will offer the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) on Feb. 8 and Aug. 15, 2020.

The NBME CBSE is open to all dental students interested in applying to oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs. After completion of the examination, applicants will receive an electronic score report from NBME within one week. A copy of the score report also will be provided to AAOMS. CBSE scores will not be available to medical schools.

Register for the exam

The registration deadline is December 13, 2019.
Scheduling permits will be available mid-November.


use the PDF registration form and mail the form along with remittance to: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Rosemont, IL 60018-5701


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

Exam dates
Feb. 8, 2020
Aug. 15, 2020

For ADA accommodations, please contact John London. You must inform us of any accommodations at time of registration.

Cancelation of registration and refunds

To withdraw from the August examination, submit a cancellation request to Laurie Oddo by January 3, 2020. Cancelations received after the deadline are not eligible for a refund. No refunds will be provided to absentees.

Exam location

Prometric Testing Center

Exam fee & payment

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

For more information, please contact Laurie Oddo, Manager, Advanced Education and Professional Affairs, at 800-822-6637 ext. 4330.

Comprehensive Basic Science Examination

Number of items-200
Exam length: 5 hours, 30 minutes*

*All web examinations are preceded by a tutorial that adds 15 minutes to the exam length.
*Should any incidents occur during an exam, all incidents must be reported to AAOMS within 10 days of the exam to loddo@aaoms.org.
Web versions are one minute longer than the paper version to allow for even timing across the four sections of these examinations.