Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date

Application Materials


Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS

Students and graduates of LCME- or AOA- accredited programs should apply for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS by following the instructions on the NBME website. Students and graduates of medical schools outside the US and Canada should apply for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS by following the instructions on the ECFMG website.

IMPORTANT: If you are dismissed or withdraw(n) from medical school, you are not eligible for USMLE, even if you are appealing the school’s decision to dismiss you or are otherwise contesting your status.

Step 3

Graduates with an MD or DO degree from an LCME- or AOA- accredited medical school, and graduates of medical schools outside the US and Canada that are listed in IMED, should apply for Step 3 by following the instructions on the FSMB website.

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Examinees with Disabilities Requesting Test Accomodations


The USMLE program provides reasonable accommodations for examinees with disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are a disabled individual covered under the ADA and require test accommodations, you must obtain information regarding procedures and documentation requirements in advance of applying for each Step or Step Component. Please visit the USMLE website for more information on test accommodations.

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Examinees Who Require Additional Break Time


Examinees with medical conditions, such as lactation, may apply for additional break time by submitting a written request with a letter from a qualified health care professional documenting the medical necessity. Requests should be made prior to or at the same time you register for a Step examination. For more information, call 215-590-9700 or email disabilityservices@nbme.org.

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Personal Item Exceptions (PIEs)


Unauthorized possession of personal items while you are in the secure areas of the testing center is prohibited. However, in certain limited circumstances, exceptions to this policy may be made for medical reasons. If you believe you have a medical condition that requires you to use medication, an external appliance, electronic device, or other items in the secure areas of the testing center, please contact the Personal Item Exception (PIE) Coordinator by email at PIE@nbme.org or by fax to 215-590-9422 at least four weeks prior to your anticipated test date. Visit the USMLE website for more information on requesting Personal Item Exceptions.

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Obtaining an Eligibility Period and Scheduling Your Test Date




STEP COMPONENT OBTAINING AN ELIGIBILITY PERIOD AND SCHEDULING YOUR TEST DATE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

STEPS 1 AND 2 CK

  • When applying for the examination, you must select a three-month eligibility period in which you wish to test (e.g., January – March).
  • Once your application is processed, a scheduling permit with your assigned eligibility period will be issued. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your permit.
  • After obtaining the scheduling permit, you may visit the Prometric website to schedule a test date. Scheduling may not be available more than six months in advance.
  • You are permitted to reschedule within your eligibility period – a fee is charged if a change is made during the 30 calendar days before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you are unable to test within your eligibility period, contact your registration entity to inquire about a one-time contiguous eligibility period extension. A fee is charged for this service.
  • If you do not take the examination within your original or extended eligibility period, you must reapply by submitting a new application and fee(s). Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

STEP 2 CS

  • When you apply for Step 2 CS, you are assigned a 12-month eligibility period that begins when your application is accepted and eligibility verified.
  • A scheduling permit, including the assigned eligibility period, will be issued. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your permit.
  • After obtaining the scheduling permit, you may visit the USMLE website to schedule your test date.
  • Once your eligibility period is assigned, it cannot be changed or extended.
  • Please check the Step 2 CS Score Reporting Schedule before scheduling a testing appointment if you need your results by a specific deadline.
  • You are permitted to reschedule within your eligibility period – a fee is charged if a change is made during the 14 calendar days before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you do not take the examination within your eligibility period, you must reapply by submitting a new application and examination fee. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

STEP 3

  • When applying for an examination, you must select an eligibility period in which you wish to test.
  • Once your application is processed, a scheduling permit with your assigned eligibility period will be issued. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your permit.
  • After obtaining the scheduling permit, you may visit the Prometric website to schedule your test dates.
  • You are permitted to reschedule within your eligibility period – a fee is charged if a change is made during the 30 calendar days before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you are unable to test within your eligibility period, contact FSMB to inquire about a one-time contiguous eligibility period extension. A fee is charged for this service and restrictions may apply. Visit the FSMB website for more information on eligibility period extensions.
  • If you do not take the examination within your original or extended eligibility period, you must reapply by submitting a new application and fee(s). Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

IMPORTANT: You should not feel compelled to test on a particular day if you are ill, under unusual personal stress, feel unprepared for the examination, or are otherwise not ready to test. Contact your registration entity for further details regarding rescheduling your examination.