“BoardVitals offers well-written practice questions with highly detailed explanations that help students review for Step 1. Even going over wrong answers helps students learn high-yield associations so that they know what key information to look for on the real exam and won’t get questions like those wrong in the future. BoardVitals offers both a tutor/review mode and a timed test mode to give students flexibility in practicing for the exam. BoardVitals makes it easy to study at your own pace. ”Jess U.
As outlined by the NBOME, the COMLEX Level 1 is a problem-based and symptom-based assessment, administered in a timed environment.
Passing this exam means the candidates has demonstrated competence in the foundational biomedical sciences and osteopathic principles as required to solve clinical problems in the supervised clinical practice setting and to prepare for lifelong learning.
According to the COMLEX-USA Examination Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:
The COMLEX Level 1 is a one-day exam delivered in two 4-hour sessions, containing a total of 400 test questions predominantly in single best answer, multiple choice or extended matching item formats, with some novel test items involving audio-visual components designed to assess an expanded physician competency subset.
Examples of question formats can be found under Practice Examinations.
Level 1 is typically given to 2nd year Osteopathic Medical Students. While each exam has slight variations, we have heard that Neuro and Psychiatric Pharm are heavily tested. OMM questions tend to be on the easier side. Several students that we have talked to struggled with the ‘data gathering’ section… this probably is one area where rote memorization is advised.
It’s important to understand that COMLEX is not a combination of USMLE and OMT – the scoring is completely different and the questions are a little more ‘murky’ than the more straightforward approach of the USMLE exams. Your study time should be focused on working through these types of questions instead of just memorizing facts. You should be using practice questions to drive the study focus, and always study the answer options as well. (We’ve spent a significant amount of time writing out explanations for incorrect answers for a reason – it really helps!)
All in all, BoardVitals is a pretty challenging question bank. Students that score over 50% on our COMLEX question bank tend to do very well on the real exam. We’ve focused on really teaching the key concepts. Just make sure to flag problematic questions that you can go back to the week before the exam. Good luck!