Preparing Personal Computer for Board Testing


How do I prepare my computer prior to taking a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) exam


  • Windows
  • NBME exam


  1. Update your laptop
  2. Ensure your laptop can connect to a wired network.  Some laptops may need a USB RJ-45 network adapter.
    Note: Network cables are provided for exams, Network adapters are not provided
  3. Run NBME Workstation Certification on your laptop:
    1. Go to NBME exam site
    2. Click CONTINUE to download the Secure Browser
    3. Click DOWNLOAD
    4. Follow browser instructions to save and run the installation file
      Note: Downloaded file name is PCSecureBrowser.exe
      Note: Download a new copy for each exam, Do not use previous versions of the secure browser
    5. Click TEST COMPATIBILITY under Workstation Certification
    6. Click Examinee Personal Laptop Certification
    7. Click I will be taking a web-based exam.
    8. Click Launch Sample Exam
    9. Follow prompts for exam instructions and sample exam
      Note: Press Ctrl+Shift+Q to close the browser if needed
  4. If advised, follow steps to bring your personal laptop to the Chief Proctor or Technical Support Staff

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