Frequently Asked Questions
How can I receive a registration form for the APMLE Part I/II?
The registration form is on page 21 of the Part I/II Candidate Bulletin. If you would like a Bulletin mailed to you please contact the registrar at your school or Prometric at (877) 302-8952 or E-mail your request to [email protected]. Please provide your name, address, telephone number and the Bulletin of Information you are requesting (Part I/II Bulletin).
How can I receive a registration form and Candidate Bulletin for the APMLE Part III?
The current Bulletin and registration form can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the Part III Bulletin or the Part III registration forms, please contact Prometric at their toll free number (877-302-8952) or e-mail Prometric at [email protected].
How can I send a copy of my Part I and/or Part II examination scores to a state board, federal agency, hospital or institution?
Please complete the Part I/II Score Request Form. Forms are also available at the school registrar office. Please send the form and $35.00 fee (by credit card, personal check, certified check, cashier check or money order) made payable to: The National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
Mailing or Express Service Address:
7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, MD 21236.Telephone: (877) 302-8952
How can I request my Part III examination scores to be transferred to another state?
Score requests are available for online ordering with payment by credit card at the Federation of Podiatric Medical Board's (FPMB) web site www.fpmb.org. Alternatively, requests may be printed and mailed to the Federation with a check. If you have any questions, you may contact FPMB at their new address and phone number:
Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards
12116 Flag Harbor Drive
Germantown, MD 20874-1979.
Telephone: (202) 810-3762
How much does the National Board charge to register for the exams?
The fee for each exam (Part I, II and III) is $900.00.
What is the examination date and deadline?
The current exam dates and deadlines can be found here.
May I request a location other than the testing site near my school to sit for the Part I/II Exam?
If you need to request an exam appointment at an alternate test site, please go online to check for test locations and schedule your exam by going to www.Prometric.com/NBPME. You can also call Prometric at 877-302-8952 and tell the representative where you would like to test. They will check if a seat is available.
Do the questions on the test always follow the content outline in the Bulletin of Information?
Yes. Prometric assembles the test from approved questions according to the content specification. The Board receives a test evaluation report after each examination that lists the number of questions in each subject area. The percentage of questions per subject area always matches the content outline.
Why do some of the questions seem too broad and others seem too picky?
Several steps are taken to assure that only appropriate questions are included on the examinations. The questions in Parts I and II are written by faculty members from the colleges/schools of podiatric medicine and then reviewed for appropriateness by content experts and practicing podiatric physicians prior to being incorporated into an examination. See the test development process for further detail. Test Development Process
Why does the exam cost so much?
There is an extensive process of development and review to assure the appropriateness and defensibility of the examination, as well as a secure computer-based test delivery in numerous locations around the country. A relatively small candidate population shares these costs
How should I study for the examination?
You should review the course documents (textbooks, syllabus, class notes, course examinations) and consult with the faculty members who teach in the subject area outlined in the Bulletin of Information.
Does the examination test the curriculum?
The content of the examination derives directly from the periodic practice analysis studies conducted by NBPME. It focuses on competencies necessary to protect the public. It does not derive from a study of the curricula of podiatric programs, which, for example, may be broader or deeper in some areas than the exam. However, questions for Parts I and II are written by podiatric faculty and subjected to numerous expert reviews for appropriatene
How does a test question make its way to the exam through the test development process?
Before being placed on the examination. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine have just completed a curricular guide for podiatric medical education and the NBPME will be discussing with school representatives how this can best be considered in the test development process.