Changes to Biometric Enabled Check-in Program at test centers
Posted: June 21, 2012
Beginning July 1, 2012, there will be changes in the retention period for biometric information obtained as part of the standard test day procedures for computer-based Step examinations at many Prometric test centers. The changes will allow such information to be stored across USMLE Step exams.
The Biometric Enabled Check-in Program is designed to improve the security and integrity of the testing process. For more detailed information about the Biometric Enabled Check-in Program, including the Privacy Notice for USMLE Candidates, see Biometric Enabled Check-in Frequently Asked Questions.
New features in Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations
Posted: March 03, 2016
Updated: June 09, 2016
The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver Step 1 and Step 2 CK of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification and reverse color (color inversion).
The new features will begin to be administered in Step 1 examinations during a transition period beginning the week of May 9, and in Step 2 CK examinations during a transition period beginning the week of July 10. Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks.
Two new user-adjustable display features will be available in the new software:
- Reverse color (color inversion)
- Text magnification
Inverts the color of the text and background from black-on-white to white-on-black. The ability to reverse color (also known as color inversion) improves readability for some users.
Two levels of text magnification will be available.
Magnifies images, such as photographs and graphs.
Click anywhere within the image to enlarge or to return to original size.