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What are COMLEX level 1 and level 2 exams?

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The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) is a three-part assessment conducted by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). To graduate from an osteopathic medical school, students are required to pass both the COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 exams. Typically, Level 1 is taken after the second...

DO Residency Talk

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A team of DO residents in a hospital wearing lab coats.


Elite Medical Prep recently hosted a roundtable event dedicated to the intricate aspects of residency applications, providing participants with insights into the application cycle. This session was hosted by Dr. Janet Tam and Dr. Jim Devanney. The discussion spanned topics ranging from exam preferences to specialty considerations, encompassing vital factors...

How to Study for OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine) Questions

An osteopathic medical school student studying for OMM questions in front of a laptop.


Osteopathic practice, principles, and manipulative medicine is a large part of each COMLEX exam and one of the major differences between Step and COMLEX exams. A common struggle for students is figuring out how to effectively study the high-yield topics of OMM. For COMLEX Level 1-3, OMM or OMT questions...

COMLEX to USMLE Conversion: Insights for Osteopathic Medical Students

An Osteopathic DO medical school student taking the USMLE Step 2 exam.


Students who have taken the COMLEX Level 1 may wonder how they can use this score to predict their USMLE Step 1 score. While the administrators of the COMLEX are currently developing a study plan for the development of a valid and reliable conversion formula of

The Ultimate COMLEX Level 2 Study Plan

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A preview of Elite Medical Prep's 4 week COMLEX Level 2 study planner.


With only 4 weeks left until your upcoming COMLEX Level 2 exam, it’s time to get organized and crack down on studying. We’ve got you covered with our ultimate COMLEX Level 2 Study Plan! We provide a recommended week-by-week plan to review the content that will be tested on the...

COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2-CE Score Percentiles

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A student sitting in a library studying for her COMLEX exams.


Are you a D.O. student who is preparing for the COMLEX Level 1 or Level 2-CE exams and is curious about the scoring system and score percentiles? Perhaps you have already taken these exams and are curious about what your 3-digit score means for you. In this blog post, we...

7 Reasons to Hire a COMLEX Tutor

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Medical DO students taking their COMLEX exam in a testing facility computer room.


Are you a D.O. student preparing for your COMLEX exams and feel lost about where to start? Whether you need guidance on passing COMLEX Level 1/Level 2-CE or have an interest in pursuing a competitive specialty, it can be daunting to tackle these high-stakes exams. Or perhaps you are already...

Should You Take COMLEX or Step First?


Osteopathic students often decide to take both the M.D. USMLE Step board exams in addition to the D.O. COMLEX board exams. The recent change of both Step 1 and Level 1 to pass/fail may affect the decision to take both exams in the near future, however until it becomes more...

MELS 2022 Anxiety Tips

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Click here to download the MELS 2022 poster, "Top Tips for Battling Test Anxiety: Recommendations from Experienced USMLE (Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3) & COMLEX Tutors (.pdf, 0.921 mb)

How to Prepare for the USMLE and COMLEX Exams Simultaneously

A Medical student studying at night preparing for USMLE and COMLEX Simultaneously.


One of the hardest decisions that all medical students face involves picking the resources to help them succeed on their board exams. To provide you the best and most accurate advice, we have our tutors personally utilize the services we review. In this blog post, we will share our impressions of TrueLearn’s SmartBanks for COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2 CE.

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