About USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the U.S. 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.

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    • 2020 schedule for reporting Step 2 CS results is available
      Posted: April 04, 2019
      The 2020 schedule provides guidelines regarding when a result for a Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam date will be reported. Click here to view the schedule.


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      USMLE listens: students and residents offer feedback
      Posted: March 27, 2019
      To deepen its awareness of student and resident perspectives, United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) program staff hosted the Medical Student and Resident Advisory Panel in February 2019. The panel, which meets twice a year, is designed to:
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    • Is my test center open?
      Posted: January 13, 2016
      Updated: March 15, 2019

       For updates on the impact of weather or other conditions on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) and the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).
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      Response options in practice sessions – method for striking out
      Posted: March 08, 2019
      Examinees can prepare for the Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 exams by using the free practice materials available here. They may also, for a fee, sign up for a practice session at a Prometric center.

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    • Step 2 CK – Delay in score reporting
      Posted: March 06, 2019
      Most score reporting of Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) 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 June 23, 2019.
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      Step 1 – Delay in score reporting
      Posted: January 18, 2019
      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 5, 2019.


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    • New score report format – USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations
      Posted: January 16, 2019
      A redesigned version of the USMLE Step 3 examination score was implemented for examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018. The new format is now being implemented for the Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations. Examinees taking Step 1 and Step 2 CK on or after January 15, 2019 will receive the new score report.


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      Final diagnosis screen removed from Step 3 CCS cases
      Posted: December 10, 2018
      Updated: January 11, 2019

      Step 3 examinees will no longer be asked to enter information regarding a final diagnosis before ending a computer-based case simulation (CCS) case. Most examinees who test on or after January 1, 2019 will not see the final diagnosis screen at the end of a CCS case. 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.

      This change does not affect t...
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    • USMLE score reporting schedule
      Posted: December 19, 2018
      USMLE scores will be released as regularly scheduled on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) score reports only will be released on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

      Regularly scheduled score reporting for all USMLE exams will resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019.


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      Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination now available
      Posted: November 16, 2018
      Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 3 examination should read the new materials and practice with the sample items on the USMLE website. They include:
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    • Step 2 CS videos available
      Posted: November 05, 2018
      Brief videos depicting reenactments by actors of actual examinee performances on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination are now available. The names of the examinees and standardized patients have been changed. All videos are less than two minutes in length.
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      New score report format – USMLE Step 3 examination
      Posted: October 03, 2018
      Updated: October 23, 2018

      The USMLE Step 3 examination score report has been redesigned to reflect both advances in the underlying science of assessment and changes to the USMLE program over time.  Examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018 will receive score reports in the new format.
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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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    Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring

    Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring
    Learn about complex issues involved in USMLE numeric scoring, which will be considered at the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) in March 2019. Learn more »

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