What is USMLE?


The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

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. Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure. Find out more about the USMLE »

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  • Score Reporting of Administrations with Accommodations
    Posted: September 05, 2014
    The United States Medical Licensing Examination Program provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodation. The USMLE Composite Committee has directed that USMLE score reports and transcripts issued on or after September 10, 2014 will not include an annotation that a test accommodation was granted.
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    Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fees
    Posted: August 04, 2014
    Beginning September 1, 2014, the rescheduling fees for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination will change. If you have a scheduled testing appointment and are unable to take the exam on your scheduled test date or at your scheduled center, you may cancel your scheduled testing appointment and reschedule for a different date and/or center, subject to availability. You may cancel and/or reschedule at any time through the end of the day before your scheduled test date. However, no canceling is allowed beginning at...
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  • Updated information materials for the Step 2 CK examination are now available
    Posted: July 25, 2014
    Updated: July 29, 2014

    Updated information materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. They include:
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    Practice materials and other information for examinees taking the restructured Step 3 examination on or after November 3, 2014
    Posted: July 10, 2014
    Practice and informational materials for the restructured Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after November 3, 2014 should read the materials and practice with the sample items and cases. The materials include:
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  • USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies
    Posted: July 10, 2014
    USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies, a publication that provides a common organization of competencies and tasks assessed in USMLE examinations, is now available.
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    2015 schedule for reporting Step 2 CS results is available
    Posted: June 26, 2014
    This schedule provides examinees, and others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. Click here to view the schedule
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  • Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Score Reporting
    Posted: June 17, 2014
    Most score reporting of Step 2 CK results occurs within four weeks of testing. Due to routine modifications to the Step 2 CK test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for most examinees testing on or after July 31st.  The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees who test beginning July 31st will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 2 CK scores before September 24, it is recommended that they take Step 2 CK ...
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    Change in minimum passing requirements for Step 2 CK
    Posted: June 02, 2014
    This announcement describes a change in the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination minimum passing score that will affect examinees testing on or after July 1, 2014.


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  • Updated practice materials for Step 1 examination
    Posted: April 23, 2014
    Updated practice materials for the Step 1 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. They include:


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    Use caution in selecting review courses
    Posted: June 29, 2011
    Updated: April 04, 2014

    Orientation, Practice, and Self-Assessment Materials Available through USMLE, NBME, and Third Parties

    The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program recognizes the importance of providing all examinees the opportunity to learn about the design and content of its examinations and to have some exposure, before examination day, to samples of testing formats and materials. USMLE provides orientation and practice materials for all USMLE Steps and Step Compone...
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  • Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) minimum passing performance
    Posted: March 25, 2014
    The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.


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    USMLE Step 1 score reporting
    Posted: March 25, 2014
    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 testing beginning the week of May 12th.  The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 12th through late June will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 9, it is recommended that...
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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 »

    Download the PDF version of the 2015 Bulletin »
    Download the PDF version of the 2014 Bulletin »

    Upcoming Changes to USMLE


    A summary of planned changes over the next few years is available. [Updated!]

    The Composite Committee of the USMLE initiated a process to undertake a comprehensive review of the USMLE program in 2004. The Composite Committee establishes policy for the USMLE and is composed of representatives of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and the American public.

    This multi-year project to review and revise the USMLE sequence is called the Comprehensive Review of USMLE (CRU). Additional information about CRU is available.

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