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The SPEX ® is a computerized, multiple-choice examination of current knowledge requisite for the general, undifferentiated practice of medicine. State boards may require SPEX for endorsement of licensure, reinstatement of a license, or reactivation of a license after a period of inactivity.   

The Post-Licensure Assessment System (PLAS) is a joint program of the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners and provides objective and personalized tools for assessment of physicians clinical competence.  



A new SPEX will be implemented Jan. 15, 2019. No exams will be given Jan. 1-14. If you sit for SPEX on or before Dec. 31, 2018, you will take the current exam. If you sit for SPEX on Jan. 15, 2019 or later, you will take the new version.

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SPEX Score Delay

Implementation of a new SPEX in 2019 will result in a significant score delay. Scores for examinees testing in early 2019 will not be available until mid-April, at the earliest. If you need your scores before then, you should take the exam on or before December 31, 2018.

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Spex services

The SPEX exam reflects the knowledge and cognitive abilities of all practicing physicians, regardless of specialty practiced. It is used to re-examine a physician's ongoing level of basic medical knowledge and is available to physicians who hold, or previously held, an unrestricted license in the U.S. or Canada

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Post-Licensure Assessment System

PLAS provides tools to facilitate comprehensive assessment of physicians' clinical competence.