Well, those rumors are correct. We just found out today that our school, along with some other schools (perhaps all of them, or maybe only a select few?) has the opportunity to beta test the new case-based NBDE I exam. We'll be beta testing it in June, and then taking the real deal (original format) in July. It appears the the NBDE I will be case-based, similar to the USMLE, in Summer of 2005.