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08/09/2017    

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Query: Excessive NBPME Exam and Reporting Fees


 


As students, we are required to take three NBPME examinations, each exam costing $900 a piece. As a third year resident, I’m in the process of applying for my state license and I need to submit board score reports to the state. Prometric/NBPME charges $35 for part I/II scores as well as an additional $45 for part III, just for a literal piece of paper.


 


ALL students/graduates are required to go through this service. We have no option to opt out or to chose other services. It seems to be an unfair monopoly on board scoring and reporting. Let's say there are about 500 podiatry residents a year requesting/paying for scores. That’s $40,000 a year just on scores alone, nearly a million dollars once we factor in the price of taking the exam. Does anyone have any insight as to why these charges are so costly? It quickly adds up. Why are there separate fees/services for parts I/II versus III? Where is the money going?


 


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