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Posted: June 21, 2012
Beginning July 1, 2012, there will be changes in the retention period for biometric information obtained as part of the standard test day procedures for computer-based Step examinations at many Prometric test centers. The changes will allow such information to be stored across USMLE Step exams.
The Biometric Enabled Check-in Program is designed to improve the security and integrity of the testing process. For more detailed information about the Biometric Enabled Check-in Program, including the Privacy Notice for USMLE Candidates, see Biometric Enabled Check-in Frequently Asked Questions.
Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: February 22, 2017
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.
The graph below indicates test appointment availability for the next four months. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ.
More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.
Posted: February 21, 2017
Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination have been posted to the USMLE website.
Examinees planning to take a Step 1 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:
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