What is USMLE?


The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.

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  • Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
    Posted: January 29, 2016
    Updated: March 17, 2017

    Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Based on scheduling trends, if you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.
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    Winter weather
    Posted: January 13, 2016
    Updated: March 13, 2017

    For updates on the impact of winter weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).
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  • Understanding your USMLE score report
    Posted: March 07, 2017
    A short video designed to help examinees interpret the USMLE score report, and understand decisions and actions that can be taken based on exam performance, is available.

    The video is part of an effort to address frequently asked questions from examinees and others about the USMLE examination process. Additional videos will be forthcoming.


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    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination are available
    Posted: February 21, 2017
    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination have been posted to the USMLE website.


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  • Step 1 – Delay in score reporting
    Posted: February 16, 2017
    Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of April 24, 2017.  The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of April 24 through late May will be Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before June...
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    Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills minimum passing performance
    Posted: January 24, 2017
    The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.

    For the 2017 Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) review, information from multiple sources will be considered, including:


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  • Updated practice and informational materials for Step 3 available
    Posted: November 30, 2016
    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect new features described in a previous announcement.


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    USMLE takes action against individuals found to have engaged in Irregular Behavior
    Posted: November 07, 2016
    The USMLE Committee for Individualized Review (CIR) meets periodically throughout the year to review cases involving allegations of irregular behavior by applicants and/or examinees.
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  • Enhanced security policies at Prometric test centers
    Posted: October 13, 2016
    Enhanced security policies will take effect in all U.S. Prometric test centers beginning October 15, 2016. The purpose of the enhanced security procedures is to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content.


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    Step 3 – delay in score reporting
    Posted: October 03, 2016
    Updated: October 05, 2016

    If you need to receive Step 3 scores before May 10, 2017 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2016.

    Most Step 3 scores are reported within 4 weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, as well as a change to new test delivery software, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test begi...
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  • New features in Step 3 examination
    Posted: October 03, 2016

    The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification, image magnification, and reverse color (color inversion)


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    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 2 CK examination are available
    Posted: June 10, 2016
    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect the change in number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) per block described in a prior announcement, as well as new test delivery software .

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    USMLE Bulletin of Information


    The Bulletin includes information on all aspects of USMLE, such as eligibility requirements, scheduling test dates, testing, and score reporting. You must review and become familiar with the Bulletin before completing your application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), or Step 3. Start reading the Bulletin of Information »

    Download the PDF version of the 2017 Bulletin »
    Download the PDF version of the 2016 Bulletin »

    Upcoming Changes to USMLE


    A summary of planned changes over the next few years is available. [Updated!]

    The Composite Committee of the USMLE initiated a process to undertake a comprehensive review of the USMLE program in 2004. The Composite Committee establishes policy for the USMLE and is composed of representatives of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and the American public.

    This multi-year project to review and revise the USMLE sequence is called the Comprehensive Review of USMLE (CRU). Additional information about CRU is available.

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