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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  • Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
    Posted: January 29, 2016
    Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Testing appointments are typically completely filled at least three to four months in advance. If you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.
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    USMLE Security Video
    Posted: January 28, 2016
    Remember, the stakes on a medical licensing exam are high! Don’t do something that might jeopardize your future as a licensed physician.  Be sure you understand all the USMLE policies on security and irregular behavior by viewing our new security video, http://www.usmle.org/security.
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  • July 2016 Hotel Availability for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees Testing in Philadelphia
    Posted: January 25, 2016
    Due to the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July 25--July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, hotel availability will be limited and rates may be higher than usual.  Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in Philadelphia in late July should note that while the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers will remain open, it may be difficult and/or more expensive to obtain a hotel room during this time.
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    Winter weather
    Posted: January 13, 2016
    For updates on the impact of winter weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).
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  • Change in minimum passing requirements for Step 3
    Posted: December 11, 2015
    The recommended Step 3 minimum passing score will change from 190 to 196. This change will affect examinees whose first day of testing is on or after January 1, 2016.


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    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination available
    Posted: November 19, 2015
    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect the change in number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) per block described in a prior announcement.


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  • Step 3 – Change in number of items and score delay
    Posted: November 18, 2015

    Beginning the week of January 18, 2016, the number of items on the Step 3 examination will decrease. There will be a delay in reporting scores for exams administered between January 18 and April 30, 2016. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing during this time period is May 25, 2016.


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    Computer-Based Case Simulations (CCS) Field Trial
    Posted: August 17, 2015
    Updated: September 19, 2015

    The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver the Primum® Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) component of Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), which is jointly owned by the NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards. The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification and reverse color (color inversion).
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  • Review of USMLE Step 3 minimum passing performance
    Posted: September 09, 2015
    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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    2016 schedule for reporting Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) results is available
    Posted: April 07, 2015
    The 2016 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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  • Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
    Posted: February 04, 2015
    Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Testing appointments are typically completely filled at least three to four months in advance. If you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.

    More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date&...
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    Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fees
    Posted: January 06, 2015
    Beginning January 1, 2015, 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 12:00 AM, Eastern Time in the ...
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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 2016 Bulletin »
    Download the PDF version of the 2015 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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