NBME Subject Exams

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​​​​​General Information

The following required clerkships use National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Exams as the final exam for the clerkship:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

These exams are currently given in only ten ​locations across the WWAMI region:


  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Wenatchee


  • Casper
  • Cheyenne


  • Anchorage


  • Billings
  • Bozeman
  • Missoula


  • Boise

This means that if your rotation is not in one of the locations where the exams are given, you will be required to travel to one of these ​locations to take your final exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

What day is my clerkship exam?

All required clerkship exams (both NBME exams and non-NBME exams) will occur on the last Thursday of the clerkship, with one exception: students who are taking the Emergency Medicine exam in Seattle will take their exam on the last Friday of the clerkship.

How do I know where my testing location is?

During the first week of a clerkship that uses a NBME exam, you will receive an email from UWSOM Testing Services (somtests@uw.edu) indicating where you have been assigned to take your final exam (NOTE: Medicine students will receive an email with their exam assignment during Week 7 of the clerkship). You may reply to that email and request to be assigned to a different testing site if another location is preferred due to travel considerations for your next rotation. Requests will be granted when space permits at the alternate testing site.

This map shows which clerkship sites are assigned to which testing sites by default.

Do I get release time to travel to my testing site?

It depends. Please consult the clerkship exam schedule guidelines web page for details.

Do I have to pay for travel to my testing site?

It depends. Please consult the student exam travel web page for details.

Where and when should I arrive on exam day?

Exam start times are different for each testing location. Start times, as well as parking and room information, can be found below.

Information for exams in Billings can be found on this PDF.


Jenny Jutz
Billings Track Coordinator
(406) 672-4852


What should I bring with me to the exam?

You must bring one of these government-issued photo IDs to the exam:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Military ID

You will also need to know your UW student ID number to begin the exam.

The list of things you are allowed (or not allowed) to have with you during the exam can be found on the clerkship examination environment page.

What is going to be on the exam?

Your Clerkship Administrator can provide you specific information on your exam. However, here are two useful links:

Link to practice exam to explore user interface

NBME website—student page on Subject Exams

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