Updated February 25, 2013
In cooperation with the NBVME's test vendor, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the NBVME offers web-based NAVLE Self-Assessments. Four unique forms are available in English, and three unique forms are offered in French.
Self-Assessment Format and Cost
Each NAVLE self-assessment form consists of 200 multiple-choice items, which are presented in four sections of 50 items each. The cost of each self-assessment is $50, which can be paid by Visa or MasterCard when purchasing an assessment on-line. Self-assessment fees are non-refundable.
Assessments are offered under two timing modes, standard-paced and self-paced. Participants who choose the standard-paced mode will be allowed up to 55 minutes to complete each section, for a total test time of 220 minutes. This is the same timing used on the NAVLE. Participants who choose the self-paced timing mode will be allowed up to 110 minutes to complete each section, for a total test time of 440 minutes. The timing mode cannot be changed once the self-assessment has been accessed by the participant.
A participant must complete a self-assessment within 30 days of the purchase date.
Pausing the Assessment and Ending an Assessment Section
At any time during the 30 day administration period, the assessment can be paused and resumed later at the section and item in which a participant was working, provided the time allotted for the assessment selected has not run out. For example, if a participant purchases a standard-paced self-assessment, they will have up to 55 minutes to complete each of the four sections. Assume this participant launches their assessment and works in section one for 30 minutes, answers 30 of the 50 items in that section, and then pauses the assessment. They access the assessment again two days later. The assessment will resume at question 31 of section one, and the participant will have 25 minutes remaining to complete the section one questions. They can then move on to section two, where they will have 55 minutes to complete that section, 55 minutes to complete section three, and 55 minutes to complete section four, within the 30 day access period. If a participant is working in a section and the allotted section time runs out before they answer all the questions, the section will end and they will be unable to answer the remaining questions in that section.
When a participant completes a section of the self-assessment, the participant must select “End” before proceeding to the next section. Once a section is intentionally ended, or time expires for a section, a participant cannot return to that section. Once the total assessment has been completed, a participant cannot return to review any part of it.
A score report is available immediately after completing a self-assessment, showing the percentage of items answered correctly for the total assessment and for each of the main topic areas. The report also indicates the performance of a comparison group of candidates on the same items.
The score report also includes a projected NAVLE score based on the participant's performance on the assessment.
Answers to individual questions are not provided for the purchased assessments.
Routine maintenance may occur on the NAVLE Self-Assessment website, and participants may be unable to access a purchased assessment during that maintenance period. Scheduled maintenance will be noted on the home page of the Self-Assessment site.
Free Sample Assessment and Tutorial
Two free sample assessments (one English and one French, 10 items each) are also available. The sample assessments contain a tutorial which provides an overview of the delivery software and assists the participant with navigating the self-assessment system. An answer key is provided for the free sample assessments.
NAVLE Self-Assessment Information and Purchase
To purchase a NAVLE Self-Assessment or learn more about them, please visit the Self-Assessment website by clicking the link below:
Individuals who have questions about the NAVLE Self-Assessments should contact the NBVME office, either by e-mail or by telephone (701-224-0332).