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Enhanced security policies at CSEC test centers

Posted: March 29, 2017

Enhanced security policies will take effect in all Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers beginning April 4, 2017. The enhanced security procedures are being conducted to inspect for electronic devices.

The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination is administered at CSEC test centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Philadelphia.

Beginning April 4, 2017, CSEC administrators will conduct inspections of all eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories.

  • All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for visual inspection by the test center administrators. These inspections will be brief and will be performed during the check-in process.
  • Jewelry, except for wedding and engagement rings, is prohibited.
  • Hair accessories are subject to inspection.  Examinees should not wear ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories. Examinees wearing any of these items on the test day may be asked to store such items in their locker.

Is my test center open?

Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: March 15, 2019

 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) and the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).

Response options in practice sessions – method for striking out

Posted: March 08, 2019

Examinees can prepare for the Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 exams by using the free practice materials available here. They may also, for a fee, sign up for a practice session at a Prometric center.
Examinees who take practice exams at Prometric centers on or after March 13, 2019 may find that the method for striking out response options in the practice session is slightly different from the method they will use in the actual exam.

If you take a practice exam at a Prometric center on or after March 13, 2019, you may see a strikeout feature that functions this way:

To strikeout a response option:
  1. Click anywhere in the option text.
  2. To remove the strikeout, click anywhere in the option text.
When you take an actual exam or use the free practice material on usmle.org, the strikeout feature will function this way:

To strikeout a response option:
  1. Click and drag over the option text.
  2. To remove the strikeout, click anywhere in the option text.

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