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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.


Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS

Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: March 17, 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. 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 for the next six months 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.


Winter weather

Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: March 13, 2017

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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