The COMLEX-USA is a three-level exam series that prepares you to obtain your medical license. Here's what you need to know.
All osteopathic medical students are required to pass COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2 in order to graduate from osteopathic medical school. You’ll take the first level of the exam near the end of your second year of medical school. Typically, you’ll take Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation (CE) and Level 2-Performance Evaluation (PE) during your third or fourth year. The two parts of the Level 2 exam can be taken in any order, but both must be completed before you can take Level 3 during your residency.
COMLEX Level 1 is a multiple choice exam designed to test your medical knowledge and clinical problem solving skills. You will complete the exam toward the end of your second year of osteopathic medical school.
COMLEX Level 2 is a two-part exam focused on the medical principles of medical diagnosis, from patient history through physical examination. The exams are typically taken during your third and fourth year of medical school.