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American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

AAOMS Offers the National Board of Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination for OMS Applicants

To provide OMS applicants an opportunity to measure their understanding of the basic sciences and provide an enhanced mechanism for OMS training programs to evaluate applicants for 2016-2017 residency positions, AAOMS will offer the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) in February and August, 2015.

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 within one week from NBME. A copy of the score report will also be provided to the AAOMS. CBSE scores will not be available to medical schools.

CBSE Reference

NBME Subject Examinations
NBME Subject Exam Content and Sample Items

Exam Scheduling

Scheduling and Test Day Policies and Procedures

Test center assignments are available on a first-come first serve basis. A delay in scheduling can mean your test center of choice may not be available and you may have to travel a farther distance to find an available seat.

Frequently Asked Questions


The NBME CBSE is NOW CLOSED to all interested dental students interested in applying to oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs. The registration deadline was Friday, April 10, 2015.

Examination Dates

August 15, 2015 Exam

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

Cancellation of Registration and Refunds

AUGUST EXAM: Requests for cancellation of the examination registration must be made by April 17, 2015 via e-mail to Penny Evans. Cancellations received after the deadline are not eligible for a refund. No refunds will be provided to "No Shows."


Prometric Testing Center




Number of Items-184-200*
Exam Length-4 hours, 15 minutes
**All web examinations are preceded by a tutorial which adds 15 minutes to the exam length shown.
Web versions are one minute longer than the paper version to allow for even timing across the four section of these examinations.


Payment in full must accompany each online registration.

For more information please contact Penny Evans, Director, Advanced Education and Professional Affairs or at 800/822-6637 ext. 4385.