Presentation on theme: "About COMLEX Level 1 Understanding and application of the basic sciences and OMM to the practice of medicine. Timing: Tutorial: 10 minutes Average time."— Presentation transcript:
About COMLEX Level 1 Understanding and application of the basic sciences and OMM to the practice of medicine. Timing: Tutorial: 10 minutes Average time per question: 72 sec Finishing morning 4-hour session early doesnt give additional test time or break time Two 4-hour sessions, each with 4 sections of 50 q (400 questions in all) Each 4-hour session offers a 10-minute optional break If used, time is deducted from the sessions test time; offered after first two blocks of each session Optional 40 min. lunch break at end of morning session, doesnt count against testing time. Scoring: To pass you must answer between 60-70% of the questions correctly. Passing Score: 75 or 400; mean is 500 Scores available in 4-6 weeks from test Questions types include: single best answer (single item and cases) and matching sets Answers may be changed multiple times within a question block May be more than 5 choices Not grouped by basic science subject Basic science questions couched in clinical vignette format Some visual questions (exhibit button will be available for such questions to display slide)
About USMLE Step 1 Understanding and application of the basic sciences to the practice of medicine 336 questions, divided into 7 blocks of 48 Timing: Tutorial (15 mins) Time per section (60 mins) Time per question(75 secs-avg.) Break time (45 mins) Finishing blocks early gives you more break time, not test time Scoring: Passing is 185; mean is 200-220 To pass you must answer between 60-70% of the questions correctly Scores typically available in 3-4 weeks from test Questions are single best answer New! Multimedia questions May be more than 5 choices Not grouped in any way Basic Science questions couched in clinical vignette format No negatively worded questions Some experimental questions
Similarities & Differences Similarities: Both exams learn toward clinical applications of basic medical science concepts stressing the understanding of underlying function and mechanisms. Both exams use similarly styled clinical vignettes with few shorter answer questions. Both exams have no subject-specific sections; the questions are distributed randomly. Both exams are offered on computer at Thompson-Prometric Differences: COMLEX Level 1 includes questions based on understanding of Osteopathic principles and application On COMLEX Level 1 some of the traditional clinical vignettes include Osteopathic symptoms and answer choices COMLEX Level 1 also features case clusters and matching sets. Unlike Step 1, skipping or ending COMLEX tutorial early doesnt give extra testing/exam time.
Tips for Creating an Effective Study Plan Get organized Note important academic dates and deadlines Build in relevant board review tasks around those dates Self-assess Integrate first year and second-year material (during the school year) Some question practice (COMLEX/USMLE Qbank, IV Qbank, Physiology Qbank) Limited content review (COMLEX notes, web lecture)
Your final review Self-assess again Allocate number of days to spend per topic Take simulated exam about 7 days before test day Assessment Scores Study Sequence# Study Days Anatomy60%12 Physiology60%24 Biochemistry60%33 Behavioral Science60%42 OMM60%51 Pathology60%64.5 Microbiology60%73 Immunology60%82 Pharmacology60%94.5
Plan Your Last Month Carefully Content Questions T o t a l S t u d y T i m e EXAM DAY Questions should drive you BACK to study MORE! Topical Question Review Test Simulation