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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.

Examinees who take practice exams at Prometric centers on or after March 13, 2019 may find that the method for striking out response options in the practice session is slightly different from the method they will use in the actual exam.

If you take a practice exam at a Prometric center on or after March 13, 2019, you may see a strikeout feature that functions this way:

To strikeout a response option:

  1. Click anywhere in the option text.
  2. To remove the strikeout, click anywhere in the option text.

When you take an actual exam or use the free practice material on usmle.org, the strikeout feature will function this way:

To strikeout a response option:

  1. Click and drag over the option text.
  2. To remove the strikeout, click anywhere in the option text.


Is my test center open?

Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: September 18, 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).


Step 1 and Step 2 CK – score delays in 2020

Posted: September 04, 2019

Most Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pools, delays occur for examinees who test at certain times of the year.

Please be aware that examinees testing during the following dates may experience delays in score reporting:

  • Step 1 examinees testing early May through early July 2020 - more specific information will be posted January 2020
  • Step 2 CK examinees testing late June through late August 2020 - more specific information will be posted March 2020

Why is this important to know?

If you need to receive a score before a certain date, plan to take that exam before the projected score delay windows to avoid missing deadlines.


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