Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for for the APMLE Part I?

You may register online by Creating Your Online Account at www.prometric.com/nbpme and select Part I to Create Your Account.  Complete all the required fields and once you receive your Account Activation email you can then view your “My Dashboard” and Click on “APPLY” next to the exam name under “My Registration & Applications.” Complete the application and submit. Once approved, you will be notified by email to schedule and pay for your exam. For further details and instructions, please see the Part I Candidate Bulletin.

How can I receive a registration form for the APMLE Part II?

The registration form is at the back of the Part 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 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:

Prometric
ATTN: NBPME
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.

Who is required to pass both components of the Part II exam?

Only those persons in the Class of 2015 and later classes are required to pass both the Part II written and the Part II CSPE. Persons from earlier classes are neither required nor eligible to take the CSPE.


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?

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.


Part I - Create Your Online Account Instructions


Create your online account, apply for and schedule your APMLE Part I exam

Important:

-         Please note that access to create your online account and register will be available on May 2, 2015 at 12 AM EDT.

-          Please use a valid email address when creating your account.

-          Payment may be made only by credit card at time of scheduling.

Step 1: Create your online account

-          Visit www.prometric.com/NBPME, select Part I and click on “Access My Account”

-          From the Login Page, click on Create a new Account.

-          Complete all required information:

o   Username – This is your email address

o   Password

o   Security Questions & Answers

o   Acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Prometric Data Privacy Policy

o   Click on “Create Account”

-          You will receive an Account Activation email. 

o   You must click on the link in the email within 24 hours.  After 24 hours you must recreate your account. 

o   This will validate your email address.

-          Login to your Prometric account and complete required profile information.

Step 2: Apply for your exam

-          Login to your Prometric account to view “My Dashboard”.  Click on “Apply” next to the exam name under “My Registrations   & Applications”.

-          Complete your application and click on “Submit”.

-          Your application will be submitted to your Dean/Registrar for approval.

-          When approved, you will receive your ATT email notification – you can now schedule your exam.

Step 3: Schedule your exam

-          Login to your Prometric account, from the list of “Actions” click on “Schedule” next to the exam name under “My Qualified Tests”.

-          Select Test Center, Date & Time, and pay for your exam – This completes the scheduling process.

-          You will receive an Appointment Confirmation email.

-          You can login to your Prometric  account to view your scheduled exam details under “My Scheduled Tests”. 


Part I FAQs


1.      How do I access and create my online account?

a.       Instructions are available in the Part I Bulletin.

b.      Visit www.prometric.com/NBPME, select Part I and click on “Access My Account”

c.       From the Login Page, click on Create a new Account.

d.      Complete all required information:

                                                   i.      Username – This is your email address

                                                 ii.      Password

                                                iii.      Security Questions & Answers

                                               iv.      Acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Prometric Data Privacy Policy

                                                 v.      Click on “Create Account”

e.      You will receive an Account Activation email. 

                                                  i.      You must click on the link in the email within 24 hours.  After 24 hours you must recreate your  account. 

                                                 ii.      This will validate your email address.

f.        Login to your Prometric account and complete required profile information.

2.      How do I apply for my Part I exam?

a.       Instructions are available in the Part I Bulletin.

b.     Login to your Prometric account to view “My Dashboard”.  Click on “Apply” next to the exam name under “My Registrations & Applications”.

c.       Complete your application and click on “Submit”.

d.      Your application will be submitted to your Dean/Registrar for approval.

e.      When approved, you will receive your ATT email notification – you can now schedule your exam. 

                                                   i.      Note: The ATT Notification email will contain the Prometric ID.

3.      How do I schedule my Part I exam?

a.       Instructions are available in the Part I Bulletin.

b.      Login to your Prometric account, from the list of “Actions” click on “Schedule” next to the exam name under “My Qualified Tests”.

c.       Select Test Center, Date & Time, and pay for your exam – This completes the scheduling process.

d.      You will receive an Appointment Confirmation email.

e.      You can login to your Prometric  account to view your scheduled exam details under “My Scheduled Tests”.

4.      How do I pay for my Part I exam?

a.       Payment may be made only by credit card at time of scheduling.

5.      What are the Password Requirements?

a.       8 – 24 characters in length

b.      Contain at least one alphabetic character (at least one letter)

c.       Contain at least one numeric character (at least one number)

d.      Contain at least three of the four:

                                                   i.      Uppercase character

                                                 ii.      Lowercase character

                                                iii.      Numbers 0- 9

                                               iv.      Special character

                                                 v.      ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/

6.      How do I reset my password?

a.       From the login page, select “Forgot your password”

b.      A Request Password page will be displayed.

c.       Enter email address and CAPTCHA characters

d.      Click on “Reset Password”

e.      An email is sent with a link to reset password – click on this link

                                            i.    Note: Link is active for only 24 hours.  After 24 hours, user must request to reset their password    again

f.        After clicking on the link, a Reset Password page will be displayed.

                                                   i.      Enter New Password and Confirm New Password

                                                 ii.      Answer security questions

                                                iii.      Enter CAPTCHA characters

                                               iv.      Click on “Reset Password”

g.       Login with new password

7.      I forgotten my username

a.       Your email address is your username.

b.      From the login page, select “Forgot your username”.

                                                   i.      Enter Prometric Account ID (assigned at account creation)

                                                 ii.      Enter First Name and Last Name

                                                iii.      Enter CAPTCHA characters

                                               iv.      Click “Submit”

c.       Answer security questions

d.      Email address is displayed & email recovery email sent

e.      Login with email address displayed

8.      What is my score?

a.       Cannot release scores over the phone

b.      Score are released approximately four weeks following the exam   

                                                   i.      An Official score report will be mailed

                                                 ii.      Can view Pass/Fail status with your online account under “My Test History”

                                                iii.      Can print an unofficial score report from your online account

 

NBPME is conducting a Practice Analysis study to update the test specifications of the Part III examination. As part of the process, a survey has been designed to elicit your input on the NBPME Part III Examination. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is critical to the success of this process. Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

NBPME Part III Practice Analysis Survey