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Step 1 and Step 2 CK – score delays in 2021

Posted: October 07, 2020

Most Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within 3-4 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 2021 - more specific information will be posted January 2021
  • Step 2 CK examinees testing early July through late August 2021 - more specific information will be posted March 2021

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.


Step 2 CK – Delay in score reporting

Posted: March 17, 2021

Most Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within 3-4 weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pools, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning on or after the week of June 27, 2021
If you need to receive Step 2 CK scores before August 25, 2021, the USMLE program recommends that you take the exam before Friday, June 25, 2021.
The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of June 27, 2021, through Friday, August 13, 2021, will be Wednesday, August 25, 2021.


Fee waiver for eligibility period extensions ends April 1, 2021

Posted: March 04, 2021

The sponsors of the USMLE program (Federation of State Medical Boards and NBME) waived fees for eligibility period extensions and testing region changes in March 2020, in response to concerns about COVID-19. In May 2020, the USMLE program further extended USMLE eligibility periods through June 30, 2021.

Beginning April 1, 2021, the temporary fee waiver for extensions to eligibility periods will end. Examinees who are unable to test in their currently assigned eligibility period may submit a request for a one-time, contiguous three-month extension for a fee through their registration entity on or after April 1, 2021.

  • Students and graduates of US and Canadian medical schools can submit requests for extensions for Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) eligibility periods here.
  • International medical graduates can submit requests for extensions for Step 1 and Step 2 CK eligibility periods here
  • All examinees can submit requests for extensions for Step 3 eligibility periods here.


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