General Questions about USMLE


  1. How do I apply for USMLE?

  2. What is the cost of the USMLE exams?

  3. Is there a fee for changing my appointment?

  4. How do I register for and schedule an exam?

  5. How do I update my contact information (email address, mailing address, and phone number) in my USMLE record?

  6. How do I update my name on my USMLE record?

  7. How do I prepare for the test? Is there a review book for USMLE?

  8. Where can I obtain a copy of the USMLE Bulletin of Information?

  9. What should I do if I have a disability that requires test accommodations?

  10. Do the Steps have to be taken at particular points during my medical education and career?

  11. Is there a limit on the number of times Steps can be taken?

  12. If a physician currently holds a license in one state and has not taken USMLE, is it necessary to pass USMLE to seek licensure in another state?

  13. I am a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada. How can I get information on what is required to enter graduate medical education and/or practice medicine in the United States?

  14. What is ERAS?

  15. How can I request a transcript of my USMLE scores?

  16. How do I report a problem related to my testing administration?

  17. What are the rules regarding what I can and cannot bring into the secure areas of the testing center?

  18. Are there exceptions to the rules regarding items normally prohibited into the secure areas of the testing center?

  19. I am a MD/PhD candidate and the state board where I am applying for licensure requires applicants to complete all three steps within seven years. Is there an exception to this policy?

  20. What are the rules regarding retakes?

  21. Can I retake a Step that I previously passed?

Biometric Enabled Check-In System


  1. What biometric information is collected from a USMLE® candidate?

  2. How long will my biometric information be stored?

  3. Who will have access to my biometric information?

  4. I would like to read the Biometric Enabled Check-In System Privacy Notice.

Stay up to date: Information and Updates

General

  1. Upcoming changes to USMLE

  2. Will you continue to report scores, or change to pass/fail?

  3. What are the "competencies"? Are they all going to be assessed in USMLE? How?

  4. The USMLE program says that new item formats are currently under development. Can you tell me more about this?

Step 1 and Step 2 CK

  1. Will Step 1 and 2 CK be combined into one exam?

  2. If the current Step structure changes, how can medical schools that make promotion decisions (from MS2 to MS3) continue to make these decisions?

  3. Can you tell me more about what is meant by “an increased focus on quality improvement principles and safety science” in the Step 1 exam, and about what is meant by “an increased emphasis on quality improvement principles; safety science; epidemiology, biostatistics, and population health; professionalism; and interpersonal and communications skills” in the Step 2 CK exam?

Step 3

  1. Will the restructured Step 3 mean a change in the eligibility requirements for taking the exam?

Practice Materials


  1. Where can I get sample test materials to practice taking a test?

  2. Can I use the USMLE practice materials on a Mac?

  3. When I try to run the practice materials I receive the following error message: "A fatal error has occurred. Please notify the Proctor. The desktop environment does not meet the necessary requirements. hres: 1280 vres: 800 colors: 16." How do I fix this?

  4. I successfully installed the practice materials on my Windows Vista computer, but when I try to start a block of questions, I get a message that says "Navigation to the webpage was canceled." How do I fix this?

  5. I received a script error similar to the following:

    Internet explorer script error
    An error has occurred in the script on this page
    Line: 202
    Char: 3
    Error: 'responseXML.getElementsByTagName(.).0' is null or not an object
    Code: 0
    URL: http://localhost:10001/driver_resource/js/timer.js
    Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?
    Yes No

    How can I fix this?

  6. I get the following error when I try to run the practice software:

    Access Violation at address 004C5C90 in module "NED.EXE". Read of address 00000054
    A fatal error has occurred. Please notify the proctor. HTTP/1.1 300 error.
    How can I correct this problem?

  7. When I practice taking an examination using the downloaded practice materials from the USMLE website, the text for some items scrolls off the page to the left, out of sight. How do I view this text?

Scores


  1. How do I interpret my score?

  2. What are the graphical performance profiles?

  3. When will I get my scores?

  4. Why does it take three to four weeks to score a computer-delivered examination?

  5. What are the passing scores for the three Steps?

  6. What are the current pass rates for the Steps?

  7. What are the group pass rates by medical school for the Steps?

  8. Can I retake a Step that I passed to raise my score?

  9. How can I request a transcript of my USMLE scores?

  10. I recently received my score report, and it shows only a 3-digit score. I know that examinees who tested in the past received score reports with both 2-digit and 3-digit scores. Why has the 2-digit score been discontinued?

Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)


Registration and Scheduling

  1. How far in advance do I need to register and schedule to find available appointments at the test center of my choice?

  2. Why are there so few test centers?

Patient Notes

  1. Who rates the patient notes?

  2. Examinees are required to type patient notes on a computer. Should I also be prepared to handwrite a patient note?

  3. How much text will I be able to type in the patient note fields?

Scoring

  1. How do I interpret the performance profile on my score report?

  2. I did not pass the Communications and Interpersonal Skills (CIS) subcomponent. How do you ensure that the standardized patient provided you with accurate feedback upon which to base my score?

  3. I did not pass the Spoken English Proficiency (SEP) subcomponent of the exam, and yet I passed the Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS) subcomponent. How is this possible?

  4. Why does it take so long to score Step 2 CS?

  5. How does the CS score recheck process work? Are videos used in the process?

  6. Why aren’t the test day videos reviewed to score the exam or during the score recheck process?