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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for for the APMLE Part I?

You may register online byAccessing the Candidate Management Systemat www.MyAccount.Prometric.com and click Register for your test.  For further details and instructions, please see the Part I Candidate Bulletin.  Online Registration for the July 2014 Exam will be available on May 15, 2014.

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 for the APMLE Part II CSPE?

The registration form is at the back of the Part II CSPE 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 CSPE 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. 

The fee for the Part II CSPE exam is $1,230.00.

What is the examination date and deadline?

The current exam dates and deadlines can be found here.

Can I sit as a first time-test taker for the February Part II CSPE Exam?

Space during the February retake eligibility period will be limited.  Only under extreme circumstances should you be scheduled as a first-time taker for Part II CSPE during the February retake period.

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 II CSPE FAQs


What credentials do I use to log in to the Part II CSPE scheduling website?

ATT Number – This is the Authorization to Test (ATT) number assigned to you by Prometric. Once your completed exam registration form is approved, Prometric will send you a letter in the mail with your ATT information.

Password – Your password is your date of birth formatted as MMDDYYYY (a two-digit month and day, and a four-digit year with no separators). For example, June 5, 1977 should be entered as 06051977.

I received an "Invalid username or password" message when I logged in to the Part II CSPE scheduling website. What am I doing wrong?

Please carefully check that you are entering you assigned ATT number and password correctly. If you are entering your ATT number and date of birth correctly, your registration may not be processed completely. To check the status of your registration, please contact Prometric at 877.302.8952

Once I have scheduled a testing appointment using the Part II CSPE scheduling website can I change the test date?

You can reschedule a testing appointment within your eligibility period up to 11:59pm the night before your exam date as long as there is space available to test in the new session selected. Your rescheduled test date must fall within your assigned eligibility period. To reschedule a testing appointment, log in to the scheduling website and select the Reschedule option.

If I am unable to make my Part II CSPE testing appointment what should I do?

If you are unable to make your scheduled testing appointment, you should log in to the Part II CSPE scheduling website and reschedule your test date. If no space is available when you attempt to reschedule, be aware that it is unlikely that you will find space available by canceling your current testing date and returning to the scheduling site to check for an opening at a later time.

What happens if I miss my scheduled Part II CSPE testing appointment?

If you miss your scheduled testing appointment, you will need to reschedule during the retake eligibility period (February, annually). The fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable from one eligibility period to another. Space during the February retake eligibility period will be limited. Only under extreme circumstances should you be scheduled as a first-time taker for Part II CSPE during the February retake period.

I received a message that my Part II CSPE registration has expired. What can I do?

This message appears if you already took the exam during your eligibility period. If you failed the exam, you will need to reschedule during the retake eligibility period (February, annually). The fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable from one eligibility period to another. Space during the February retake eligibility period will be limited. Only under extreme circumstances should you be scheduled as a first-time taker for Part II CSPE during the February retake period.

I forgot my ATT number. What should I do?

Contact Prometric at 877.302.8952 and ask for assistance.

How can I reprint my Part II CSPE schedule confirmation?

Log in to the Part II CSPE scheduling website and click on the “Print the confirmation notice” link.

I am experiencing technical difficulties with the Part II CSPE scheduling website. What should I do?

The Part II CSPE scheduling website has been built and tested for use in the following browsers: Safari and Chrome (current versions and 2 previous are supported). Make sure you are using one of these browsers. Also note that the scheduling website is not configured for mobile devices (tablets and smart phones). If you continue to have technical issues with the scheduling website contact Prometric at 877.302.8952.

In the Part II CSPE scheduling website, I have selected the exam date that I want, but when I click the Confirm button I get a message that the slot is no longer available. Why didn’t I get the exam slot?

There are a limited number of slots available on each exam date. The exam dates and slots are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is possible for another examinee to schedule a remaining slot before you click the Confirm button. You will need to select another exam date.

Do I need to bring a printed copy of my confirmation notice with me to the Part II CSPE exam?

No. The confirmation notice is provided for your information and personal records. It is not required for admission into the exam.

What do I need to bring with me on my Part II CSPE test day?

At the time of check-in, you will be required to present an unexpired government-issued identification that includes a photograph and signature, such as a current driver’s license or passport. If you do not bring acceptable identification, you will not be admitted to the test. In that event, you must pay to reschedule your test. You should bring your own standard stethoscope and white laboratory coat; all other equipment is provided at the center. Please be sure that all of the pockets of your laboratory coat are empty.

What time should I arrive at the test center for my Part II CSPE exam?

Plan to arrive at the test center by 8 AM.

How long should I expect to be at the exam center for my Part II CSPE exam?

You should expect to be at the exam center until approximately 4:00

What do I do if I require testing accommodations for Part II CSPE under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

If you require testing accommodations under the ADA, please call Prometric at 800.967.1139 to obtain an accommodation request form.

Where are the exam testing centers?

Both of the exam testing centers are located in Philadelphia, PA 19104:
3624 Market Street, 3rd Floor
3700 Market Street, 2nd Floor
To get the best possible directions to these locations we recommend using Google Maps or MapQuest.

What do I do if I have a fee related issue or question?

Contact Prometric at 877.302.8952 and ask for assistance.