Saudi Licensing Exam (SLE) (SCHS)

Saudi Licensing Exam (SLE) (SCHS)

Saudi Licensing Exam (SLE) or ‘Saudi Medical Board Exam’ is a ‘Saudi Commission for Health Specialties’ (SCHS) exam for medical speciality or general practice licensing.

This licensing exam is necessary for all doctors who want to practice medicine as a general practitioner or as a specialist in Saudi Arabia. The exams are different for different specialities and for general practice.

It can either be taken inside Saudi Arabia (where you need an eligibility number from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), which is a hassle or in several countries of the world (where no eligibility requirement applies, which is great).

It is a 2 hour exam taken on the computer, with 70 multiple choice questions. It is considered an easy exam to pass but getting high marks needs more work. This exam counts when you apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia An organisation called Prometric arranges this exam inside as well as outside of Saudi Arabia. Prometric is a provider of testing and assessment skills. It also hold other exams for different institutions all over the world, one other example is the online USMLE exam. Their website is www.prometric.com.

The exam for General Practice consists of MCQs from internal medicine, ophthalmology, gynae/obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery, statistics and psychiatry.

As the MCQs are often repeated, it is a good idea to read the old questions, many such papers are available on the internet; search google for it.

One greatly useful book for this exam is the First Aid for the USMLE step 3. This book has short notes on medicine, gynae/obstetrics, paediatrics and psychiatry.

Read some short notes on surgery.

Going through Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties will also be beneficial.