How To Study For the COMLEX Level 2 Examination?

Osteopaths are doctors who treat musculoskeletal ailments and play a significant role in trauma, sports, and aging care. If you personally or through a close one have experienced the treatment post an accident that led to fracture or muscle tear, you will understand the importance of an osteopath who traversed a demanding journey for a fulfilling career. They clear the COMLEX Level 2 exam before completing the boards and getting absorbed as practicing doctors. 

Aspirants need to be aware that the path, albeit a difficult one that will challenge them in many forms, will lead them to become a recognizable force in the community as holistic healers. Treating patients with back and knee pains, restoring athletes and helping them regain their best form, healing after accidents, and joint pains like arthritis are common musculoskeletal issues that you will be overseeing as an osteopath. Working alongside other doctors for a well-rounded care of the patient. The ability to use our limbs freely without feeling the strain of a pulled muscle is possible only because of the expertise of an osteopath who treats it with a high-velocity amplitude approach, cranial techniques, and exercise therapy. 

Students of osteopathic medical schools need to clear the COMLEX exam to become a DO or doctor of osteopathic medicine. Here is a list of pointers that can help one prepare for the exam with confidence, especially level 2:

  • Get to Know The Format

Level 2 of the COMLEX tests the clinical knowledge of the examinee. The concepts related to critical thinking in patient care alongside sound clinical knowledge of a particular ailment will be the premise of this exam. A simulated setting where clinical skills are applied on a case-to-case basis will be the premise of the questions and you have to apply your knowledge to arrive at the appropriate answer. 

  • Best Time To Prepare

It is recommended to start preparing for Level 2 COMLEX once you complete your clinical rotations. As Level 1 acts as the foundation for the next stage and is primarily based on clinical skills it is best to start after completing core clinical rotations which is ideally in the second year of your school. Start at least four months before the main exam so that you have a good shot at the mains. 

  • Question-Based Answering

Practicing from different sources like Roff, UWorld and online med tech platforms based on questions and acceptable answers will allow you the time to review before exams. Active learning methods like flashcards, mnemonics, short quizzes and simply writing down complex concepts will help you retain the subject for a longer time

  • Attend Classes

Attending lectures will help in structured learning with instructors and you can clear your doubts as and when the topics are discussed. Different case studies and group assignments will help you widen your perspective. You will get insights about a topic beyond the realms of a textbook. 


Taking care of yourself is a priority in your preparation journey and should never be undermined for a long period. Relaxing with friends and family will help you bounce back and handle your studies with a better frame of mind.