It is the policy of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix that a student may retake an examination under the following circumstances:

Intersessions Course

In the event of a cumulative examination score of less than 70% at the end of an Intersession Course, a student is offered a one-time retake examination or skills reassessment at a time designated by the Intersession Course Director in consultation with Associate Dean, Student Affairs.

A score of 70% or higher on the retake examination or reassessment results in a passing grade for the course. A score of less than 70% on the retake examination or assessment results in a failing grade for the course.


If a student fails an examination, the student is given an opportunity to complete a retake examination during the next academic break (see Grading and Progression for Clerkships Policy).

Year 4 Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCE grade is Pass/Fail. A student must receive a passing score in both the database gathering and Arizona Communication Interview Rating components. If a student does not obtain a passing score on either component of the examination, the examination is failed. A remediation of the failure is scheduled based on the Center for Clinical Skills and Assessment’s calendar. A student must be aware that this may impact interviews and away electives. The OSCE Director develops a remediation program the student must complete prior to the re-administration of the examination. Successful passage of the Year 4 OSCE is a graduation requirement (see Graduation Requirements Policy).

Retake of Multiple Clerkship or Intersession Examinations

The Student Progress Committee decides the appropriate retake schedule for any student who fails two or more clerkship or Intersession examinations before sitting for the retake examinations.

Curriculum Committee