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  • 2019 schedule for reporting Step 2 CS results is available
    Posted: April 17, 2018
    The 2019 schedule lets examinees know when to expect results for a Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam. Click here to view the schedule.

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    Step 2 CK – Delay in score reporting
    Posted: April 09, 2018
    If you need to receive Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores before August 29, 2018, we recommend that you take the exam no later than June 24, 2018.
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  • Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
    Posted: January 29, 2016
    Updated: April 04, 2018

    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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    Is my test center open?
    Posted: January 13, 2016
    Updated: March 30, 2018

    Occasionally test centers close due to weather-related events or other emergencies. To check on the status of your test center, 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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  • UPDATE – Scores for Step 3 examinees testing January 15, 2018 through late February 2018
    Posted: March 19, 2018
    Scores for most Step 3 examinees testing January 15, 2018 through late February 2018 will be available on March 21, 2018. This is one week earlier than the original projected target date of March 28, 2018.

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    Requirements for scheduling exams at Prometric centers
    Posted: March 16, 2018
    Beginning April 1, 2018, anyone using an unsupported operating system or browser (Windows XP/Vista, Windows Server 2003, or a browser version below IE 9) will NOT be able to schedule an exam at a Prometric center.

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  • Step 3 – delay in score reporting
    Posted: March 13, 2018
    If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 28, 2018 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2017.

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    New practice questions and helpful information for the Step 1 exam available
    Posted: March 05, 2018
    Examinees planning to take the Step 1 exam are encouraged to review:
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  • Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) minimum passing score
    Posted: February 13, 2018
    The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every 3 to 4 years.
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    Step 1 – Delay in score reporting
    Posted: January 24, 2018
    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 May 7, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 7 through early June will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 11, 2018, it is recomme...
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  • Step 2 CS rescheduling fees
    Posted: January 08, 2018
    The rescheduling fees for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination have changed as of January 1, 2018. If you have a scheduled testing appointment and are unable to take the exam on your scheduled test date or at your scheduled center, you may cancel your scheduled testing appointment and reschedule for a different date and/or center, subject to availability.

    You may cancel and/or reschedule at any time through the end of the day before your scheduled test date. However, no canceling is allow...
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    Change in minimum passing score for Step 1
    Posted: December 01, 2017
    The recommended Step 1 minimum passing score will change from 192 to 194. This change will affect examinees who take a Step 1 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2018.

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    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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    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 »

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    Upcoming Changes to USMLE

    A summary of planned changes over the next few years is available.

    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.