SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Are comprehensive exams pretty much standard at most medical schools during the basic science years? (I know of one that definitely does it and administration thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread). I'm talking about the end of the semester, everything since day 1, all subjects kind of thing. I understand that boards are comprehensive and learning is cumulative, yadda yadda yadda... but to end a semester, this seems a bit over the top when one only has a week or less to prepare for one of these things after wrapping up a bunch of other exams. So yeah, I'm wondering if this is standard or not in both DO and MD schools. EDIT: not talking about NBME but just end of the semester stuff administered by the school.