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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 4/10/2020 update: Prometric closures and Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3

Posted: March 17, 2020
Updated: April 10, 2020

Prometric announced on April 10 that test centers in the United States and Canada will remain closed until May 1, 2020.

Note: this date has since been changed to May 31, 2020 with the exception of a limited set of essential services programs. USMLE is considered an essential program, and certain centers will still be able to resume testing in accordance with local social distancing guidelines on May 1, 2020.

In response to the previously announced closures, the USMLE program extended eligibility periods to December 2020 for all examinees who had a USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, or USMLE Practice Session scheduling permit with an unexpired eligibility period with an end date in 2020, regardless of the country in which they are testing. We will continue this process for any newly issued scheduling permits. Eligibility periods will be extended automatically, requiring no action from examinees.

Extending the eligibility period for your Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, or USMLE Practice Session examination will not impact already scheduled appointments. No fees will be charged for these eligibility extensions.

Please continue to check the USMLE website and our social media for updates. 

If you are scheduled to take a USMLE examination in a region outside the United States and Canada, please check the Prometric website for the most current list of test center closures before going to the test center on your scheduled test day.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this challenging time.


Phased Approach to Expand USMLE Testing: Event-Based Testing Update

Posted: June 04, 2020

As previously announced, the USMLE program is implementing a multi-phased approach to expand USMLE testing capacity.

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Southwest Regional Testing Center

Posted: June 03, 2020

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix will be a regional testing center where administrations of Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) are anticipated to begin later this month.

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