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New features in Step 2 CS patient note program

Posted: June 19, 2017

Two user-adjustable display features, text magnification and color inversion, are now available in the patient note program used by Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees after each patient encounter.

Invert colors

This feature changes the color of the text and background from black-on-white to white-on-black. The ability to invert color improves readability for some users.

When the examinee clicks the Invert Colors button, the text background changes to black, the text changes to white, and the caption of button changes to Revert Colors.

Clicking the button again will revert the colors back to the normal state.


When the examinee clicks the Magnify Text button, the entire screen magnifies and the caption of button changes to Normal Text. Clicking the button again returns the screen back to its normal size. 

A practice patient note program is available. Please note that the practice program for examinees testing on or after September 10, 2017 has the autostop and Invert Colors features, but does not include Magnify Text.

Please note: Occasionally, due to technical or administration problems, examinees will not be able to type the patient note for one or more patient encounters. When this happens, examinees will be required to write their patient notes by hand. All examinees should be prepared for the possibility that they may have to write one or more patient notes by hand.

Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS

Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: October 13, 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.

The graph below is an estimate of test appointment availability for the next six months as of the date at the bottom of the graph. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ.

Appointment availability changes frequently, so if you are unable to schedule an appointment during a particular time period, please continue to check the Step 2 CS scheduling website. Additional appointments may become available 60 days in advance of a test date.

More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.

Step 3 – delay in score reporting

Posted: September 25, 2017

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.

Most Step 3 scores are reported within 4 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 January 15, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing the week of January 15 through late February will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

No USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 3 examinations will be administered January 1-14, 2018.

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