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Free Practice Sessions Available for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3---Offer Has Ended

Posted: December 20, 2017
Updated: January 10, 2018

Thank you for taking advantage of this limited time offer! As of January 18, 2018, the promotion has ended because we have hit our maximum number of available sessions. 

We know what a busy time of year this can be for everyone.  In an effort to make your job of studying a little easier, we are offering free practice sessions for a limited time. Practice sessions, normally administered for a fee at Prometric Test Centers, will be available to a limited number of individuals at no cost on or before January 31, 2018. These free sessions are being made available at both domestic and international Prometric Test Centers. This is a great opportunity to experience the process and pacing of exam day while continuing to learn the important information that is available to you.

Act NOW to register for your practice session because there are a limited number of seats available!

In order to be eligible to take a free practice session you must:

  • Have a current open registration and received your scheduling permit
  • Not have already taken a practice session in connection with your registration
  • Take the free practice session in the same testing region in which you are currently scheduled to take your Step exam
  • Visit the USMLE practice session page to register and schedule. Please read all information concerning practice sessions before you register for your free session
  • After receiving your special Practice Session scheduling permit, schedule and sit for your practice exam by January 31st, 2018
Please note:
  • Seating is limited and not everyone who registers is guaranteed a seat
  • All test items are drawn from the practice materials that are available for free download on the USMLE website. No new sample test materials are presented at practice sessions
  • Performance on a USMLE practice session cannot be used to approximate performance on a USMLE Step examination


Winter weather

Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: January 17, 2018

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).


Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS

Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: January 10, 2018

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. Based on scheduling trends, 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.

The graph below is an estimate of test appointment availability as of the date at the bottom of the graph. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ.

Appointment availability changes frequently, so if you are unable to schedule an appointment during a particular time period, please continue to check the Step 2 CS scheduling website. Additional appointments may become available 60 days in advance of a test date.



More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.


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