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The COMLEX is a series of exams that students in osteopathic schools must take in order to receive their license to practice and their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. These exams are not only necessary in licensing but also play an important in assessing a student’s competitiveness in applications to residency programs. Similar to the USMLE, these exam scores are used by residency program directors to help select applicants for competitive residency interviews.


While the COMLEX is similar to the USMLE, they have several differences. The MedSchoolCoach USMLE, COMLEX, and Medical School Tutoring Division includes COMLEX-specific tutors who specialize in helping students succeed on the COMLEX. They are intimately familiar with high-quality preparatory resources and have extensive experience tutoring for the COMLEX.


MedSchoolCoach tutors are hired only after a rigorous screening process that involves not just high exam scores but teaching aptitude and commitment to education. Rather than being taught by tutors who have only taken the USMLE exams, all of our COMLEX tutors have taken and mastered the COMLEX. Many of these tutors have scored exceedingly high on both the USMLE and COMLEX and can tutor for both exams. We are therefore able to offer tutoring and advising that is tailored specifically to all the COMLEX exams and osteopathic residencies.

COMLEX Level 1 is typically taken by students who just finished their second year of osteopathic medical school. It is a problem- and symptom-based test focused on basic medical science material in the following subjects: anatomy, behavioral science, microbiology, biochemistry, osteopathic principles (OMM), physiology, pathology, and pharmacology.

COMLEX Level 2 Cognitive Evaluation (CE) is typically taken by students who have completed a year of core clinical rotations. This exam focuses more on clinical knowledge, diagnosis, and optimal management, including the “next best step”. This exam encourages the student to begin to think more like a clinician and is essential to becoming a good resident and physician.

COMLEX Level 2 Performance Evaluation (PE) is also typically taken by students who have completed a year of core clinical rotations. This exam is a hands-on exam that test’s a student’s ability to perform a history and physical exam, quickly document important history and physical exam findings, and to integrate all of the above into a concise diagnostic and management plan. This exam is a series of simulation clinic visits with standardized patients and places a high value on bedside manner, appropriate social interactions, and interpersonal skills.

COMLEX Level 3 is taken by residents and is the last exam of the COMLEX series. This exam assesses a resident’s ability to understand fundamental that are required by a generalist clinician. The exam ensures that fully licensed Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine can deliver safe and effective osteopathic medical care and promote health in unsupervised clinical settings.

While the exam is similar to the USMLE, it has many differences. MedSchoolCoach tutors include COMLEX specific tutors who specialize in helping our students through this exam.

MedSchoolCoach tutors are hired only after a rigorous screening process that involves not just test scores, but teaching aptitude.

core components of COMLEX tutoring

Our COMLEX Tutoring packages allow you to maximize your score. Here are some benefits:

  • COMLEX Specific Tutors: Your tutor will have taken and mastered the same exam that you are preparing for
  • Recording: All sessions with your tutor can be recorded
  • Insider Knowledge: Our tutors have taken the test and aced it
  • A Completely Tailored Study Plan: No generic rubrics here. We tailor a study plan to your individual needs
  • Use the Material You Already Have: While we may recommend a good resource or two, for the most part we are committed to utilizing the resources you have already purchased

f.a.q. about the COMLEX and COMLEX tutoring

Your COMLEX exam scores are extremely important for the residency application process. It allows program directors to sort through thousands of applicants in some cohesive way. While many other factors play into where, and what, residency you can get, your COMLEX scores are often the most important. The most competitive residencies are those with the highest average COMLEX scores.

Yes! Many of our COMLEX tutors also performed exceedingly well on the USMLE exams and tutor for both exams. We are also able to pair you with a COMLEX tutor and a USMLE tutor if you would like multiple perspectives and expertise.

Once! Unless you fail, in which case you can take it again. Unlike the MCAT, which you can take over and over, your first COMLEX score is what you have to live with. Therefore, COMLEX tutoring is exceptionally important so you can maximize your score the first time.

COMLEX scores plays a large role in residency selections and although the majority of students pass the test, the aim should be to put your best foot forward. It is important to perform at your best and maximize your score in order to achieve the residency of your choice.

Yes! Although in this case, it is very important to perform very well on the USMLE and COMLEX exams. We have several tutors who have done just that and can help you follow in their footsteps!

Yes! We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalized learning experience to all of our students. We do this by dedicating ourselves to intense, one-on-one private tutoring sessions that are tailored directly to your needs.

Yes, you can spend your first session with your tutor creating a comprehensive study plan that is tailored towards your needs.

Yes, our tutors are very familiar with COMLEX resources and will be able to advise you on the strengths and weakness of different study materials. Although there is some overlap between USMLE and COMLEX resources, there are some resources that are specific to the COMLEX. This is a particular important difference that most USMLE tutors would not be able to appreciate.

All of our tutors scored in the top percentiles on their COMLEX exams, have extensive teaching and tutoring experience, and undergo a rigorous selection process. Moreover, we select tutors who are passionate and committed to helping you succeed!

No, we do not offer in person class because we do not believe that it is an effective use of your time. Instead, your tutoring sessions can be done anywhere in the world with our video conferencing software and each session and lesson is tailored directly to your individual needs.

We pair students with tutors who have similar availability and interests. Students are welcome to switch to a different tutor if they desire, but this very rarely occurs. If there is a particular tutor that you would like to work with then we will make an effort to pair you with him or her when availability allows.

We recognize that not passing a COMLEX exam can be a very challenging and disheartening experience. However, many of our tutors have worked with students who have failed the exam before. These students have gone on to pass their exam and continue pursuing their medical careers.

All of the tutors at MedSchoolCoach are exceptional and have been rigorously selected among many applicants. Our Master Tutors have worked with MedSchoolCoach for an extended period of time and their students have had an impeccable record of success. Our Master Tutors have extensive experience working with students who are in challenging situations or have specific needs.

One of the benefits of personalized tutoring is that you will be able to directly coordinate with your tutor to schedule sessions. That means that these sessions may be during the day or at night, depending on what works best for you and your tutor.

Since every student is different and begins tutoring at different starting points, predicting score increases are challenging. However, all of our students see significant improvement after tutoring and our feedback, evaluations, and Trustpilot rating all support this. It doesn’t matter when you come to us, we’ll help you get a better score. In fact, we believe in this so strongly that we have a score increase guaranteed (see below).

Yes, we have a score increase guarantee! You can find out a little bit more about our COMLEX score increase guarantee at by clicking here.

Each student is different, and we have a variety of options in order to best meet your needs. We offer three packages (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) and can arrange larger packages as well. Most students opt for a Silver or Gold package but we also offer “per hour” tutoring if desired. If you would like some advising on what package best fits your needs you can contact us here.

We offer free 15-minute phone consultations with our Director of USMLE, COMLEX, and Medical School Tutoring, who can answer any additional questions that you may have about MedSchoolCoach COMLEX Tutoring. You can schedule one by clicking here. For students who would still like to trial a few hours prior to purchasing a package, we also offer “per hour” tutoring.

Yes! We also offer residency advising through our Advising Division. MedSchoolCoach has extensive experience guiding students in every step from high school all the way to fully licensed and trained physicians!

getting started

Getting started with our COMLEX tutoring is easy! See the steps below:

  1. Sign Up Online – you can sign up below
  2. Submit Your Information Sheet – you’ll receive instructions on how to submit a detailed questionarre where we gauge your strenghs and weaknesses
  3. Be Matched with a Tutor – depending on your needs, we will match you with the tutor who is best qualified to help you (you can always request additional tutors, if needed)
  4. Get Started! – once matched, you are ready to get started with our virtual tutoring sessions

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