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COMLEX Level 2 is a challenging test and requires significant studying and ultimately decides if you should be allowed to proceed in your medical studies and anticipated career as a DO. Especially as Level 1 transitions to a pass/fail scoring model, excellent performance on COMLEX 2 (as well as USMLE Step 2 CK) is imperative to matching into a great residency program. This is why many students can benefit from working with a COMLEX Level 2 tutor to help boost their scores and achieve their goals.
Here’s a COMLEX Level 2 breakdown, or a COMLEX Level 2 blueprint:
What is COMLEX Level 2?
The second of the three COMLEX exams, COMLEX Level 2 CE (Cognitive Evaluation), is designed to assess foundational biomedical sciences and osteopathic principles with an emphasis on knowledge of clinical science, care, and settings.
How is COMLEX Level 2 CE scored?
Level 2-CE is scored on a scale of 9-999 with the national average score for first-time test takers being 520±100 (for 2016-2017). The COMLEX Level 2 CE format is such that the lowest passing score for COMLEX Level 2-CE is 400 (as of January 2020).
How is COMLEX Level 2 administered?
Like Level 1, Level 2-CE consists of 400 questions divided into two 4-hour blocks. Examinees are permitted a 40-minute break between sessions and up to a 10-minute break during each session.
The Elite Difference is in the Details
There are several different COMLEX Level 2 tutoring options available to medical students, so what makes Elite the best? What are our COMLEX Level 2 resources? When you sign up to work with a COMLEX Level 2 tutor, you are getting much more than access to our world-class MD/DO tutoring services. 24/7 email support, a student success team, an organized custom curriculum, and our 100% unused hour refund guarantee are just a couple of reasons our students love us.
Who Actually Needs a COMLEX Level 2 Tutor?
Receiving 1-on-1 help from a COMLEX Level 2 tutor is always helpful, but it isn’t necessary for everyone.
Students with Anxiety/ Poor Testing Skills
If you historically have high test anxiety and/or are a poor standardized test taker, a couple COMLEX Level 2 tutoring sessions focused on strategy and wellness can be very beneficial to your success.
Students At Risk of Exam Failure
If you are >80 points away from passing Level 2 CE (as determined by your COMSAE practice exams) and have <8 weeks left to study, contact us immediately. A 20+ point gap can be a lot of ground to cover and a professional COMLEX Level 2 tutor should be a serious option at this point.
Students with a Previous Exam Failure
If you have previously failed USMLE Step 1/ COMLEX Level 1, USMLE Step 2 CK/ COMLEX Level 2 CE, or a COMAT Exam, you are at risk for another failed exam if you do not make major changes to your study habits. COMLEX Level 2 tutoring can help evaluate where you went wrong last time and make sure that this time you have a successful outcome.
Students with Weak COMAT Scores
While COMAT performance is usually not considered a predictor of your Level 2 CE score, poor performance on these tests can be a result of problematic study habits and/or knowledge gaps. COMLEX Level 2 CE tutoring can be a proactive step to ensure you properly prepare for your exam.
Students Who are Falling Behind
It is normal to fall behind a little bit on your Level 2 study plan, however if you find yourself regularly unable to complete at least 75% of your work each day, a COMLEX Level 2 tutor may be beneficial. Tutoring will help to hold you accountable to your goals and get back to where you need to be.
Students Applying to Competitive Specialties
If your world is going to end if you aren’t accepted into a Dermatology program, we highly suggest getting a COMLEX Level 2 tutor– especially after Step 1/ Level 1 become pass/fail. A very high score on Level 2 can help bolster your application, and, after 2022, it will very likely be a major deciding factor for landing residency interviews.
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The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is a non-profit organization that provides standardized medical assessments and evaluations for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. The NBME offers a range of practice exams, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and the Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) exams.
In addition to the practice exams, the NBME also provides resources and study materials to help test-takers prepare for their assessments, including study guides, question banks, and exam-taking strategies.
Level 2 CE Information Resources for Students
Have a question about COMLEX Level 2 or Level 2 CE tutoring? Visit the Elite Medical Blog for a collection of articles written by our MD, DO and MD/DO Candidate tutors covering a variety of popular topics. We have reference materials in all the competency domains of COMLEX 2, past webinars, and study plans.Visit our Blog
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