katiesb

5+ Year Member
May 2, 2009
78
0
Status
Medical Student
I did a search but I can't seem to find a good discussion on this topic...

So my school required us to take a COMSAE this morning before we take the actual COMLEX. I got a 554 and I still have 70 pages to get through in my first pass of FA, plus I'm not too well rested/I just wanted to finish and get out of there. I still have a month of studying left until I take COMLEX and USMLE, I'm planning on watching the DIT videos in that time and finishing UWORLD.

Any idea of how the COMSAE correlates with the USMLE? What kind of score should I be expecting? Any advice for my studying schedule over the next month? :oops:
 
Sep 26, 2009
60
1
FL
Status
Medical Student
it doesn't correlate with the USMLE, it doesn't even correlate with the comlex
 

aliDO

10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 18, 2007
477
1
Status
Pre-Medical
mine correlated perfectly with the comlex. your UWORLD and NBME practice tests will tell you your USMLE score. make sure to take the practice tests. The tests are totally different.
 

jumpmanv15

5+ Year Member
Apr 13, 2012
638
38
Status
Fellow [Any Field]
mine correlated perfectly with the comlex. your UWORLD and NBME practice tests will tell you your USMLE score. make sure to take the practice tests. The tests are totally different.
so do you recommend using Combank strictly for the COMLEX or Uworld as well? i am currently using both.
 
Sep 26, 2009
60
1
FL
Status
Medical Student
of course some people are going to correlate, but overall i would say the correlation is poor. you can read about the correlation in the original study that the NBOME did on their website. There was a difference in correlation for timed vs untimed, with timed people scoring 26 points higher on the real deal. this was back in 2008. the test is different now and i know people who are higher, lower, its just all over the place. if you take all of the comsaes on timed mode and average your score i would say the real deal would probably be +/- 25 points in either direction. If you were just to take one, obviously much more room for error. Thats just what I've heard from talking to multiple people at my school. As far as USMLE correlation, i don't think the comparison can be made. two VERY different tests
 

MrBeauregard

Soon-to-be PGY-1
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Mar 10, 2009
619
35
Status
Medical Student
Form 3.

Does anyone else agree that there's no correlation between COMSAE and USMLE or COMLEX?
A COMSAE is put out by the NBOME so it will not correlate to your USMLE score. Take an CBSSE/NBME for that.