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National Board of Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination FAQ

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How do I schedule my examination seat?

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You will receive instructions on how to obtain your scheduling permit, via email, from the NBME after the exam registration deadline. In the event that you do not receive an email as scheduled from NBME, please visit https://apps.nbme.org/eddiexaminee/Login.do?client=mss and follow the instructions.

How long will my scores be valid?

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Your exam score will be valid for several years or unless otherwise notified by the AAOMS.

When can I sit for the examination?

Answer:

You can sit for the exam beginning your first year of dental school.

Who will receive my examination score?

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After completion of the examination, applicants will receive an electronic score report within one week from NBME. A copy of the score report will also be provided to the AAOMS. Your score will NOT be included on the PASS application and you will be required to submit your score report to your program(s) of choice.

How many times can I sit for the examination?

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There is no limit to how many times you can take the exam.  Additionally, you can take the exam twice in one calendar year on the given exam dates.

If I cancel my registration, will I receive a refund?

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You will only receive a refund if you cancel prior to the cancellation deadline.

What should I do if I require special accommodations?

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For ADA accommodations, please contact John London. You must inform the AAOMS of any accommodations prior to exam registration deadlines.

I have registered for the exam and have yet to receive my scheduling permit, what do I do?

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If you have not received your scheduling permit within 6 weeks of the application deadline, please visit https://apps.nbme.org/eddiexaminee/Login.do?client=mss and follow the instructions.

Can I transfer my registration to a future examination date?

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You will only be able to schedule a future examination prior to the cancellation deadline. No transferring of examination registration may take place following the cancellation deadline.

Is there an official score report to help me understand my score?

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An explanation of your score and a table of approximate USMLE Step 1 performance equivalents for CBSE scores is included with your score report.

What does the exam content include?

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The examination will contain 184 multiple-choice questions and any associated images/pictorials. Each exam will be administered during a four (4) hour and fifteen (15) minute testing session. The examination is divided into four 60-minute sessions. Unused time within a 60-minute section does not carry over to subsequent test sections. The timing for the test session does not include dedicated break time.

What resources are available to prepare for the examination?

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No test preparation courses are affiliated with or sanctioned by the NBME or AAOMS. The best preparation for the CBSE is a general, thorough review of the content reflected in the examination descriptions. You may also practice for the exam by taking an NBME web-based self-assessment to evaluate your readiness to take the CBSE. The Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessment (CBSSA) uses multiple-choice items based on information typically covered during basic science medical education courses. Participants will receive a performance profile and a score interpretation guide immediately after completing a self-assessment. The performance profile provides an assessment score and graphically displays relative strengths and weaknesses in general topic areas.