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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 4/10/2020 update: Prometric closures and Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3

Posted: March 17, 2020
Updated: April 10, 2020

Prometric announced on April 10 that test centers in the United States and Canada will remain closed until May 1, 2020.

Note: this date has since been changed to May 31, 2020 with the exception of a limited set of essential services programs. USMLE is considered an essential program, and certain centers will still be able to resume testing in accordance with local social distancing guidelines on May 1, 2020.

In response to the previously announced closures, the USMLE program extended eligibility periods to December 2020 for all examinees who had a USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, or USMLE Practice Session scheduling permit with an unexpired eligibility period with an end date in 2020, regardless of the country in which they are testing. We will continue this process for any newly issued scheduling permits. Eligibility periods will be extended automatically, requiring no action from examinees.

Extending the eligibility period for your Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, or USMLE Practice Session examination will not impact already scheduled appointments. No fees will be charged for these eligibility extensions.

Please continue to check the USMLE website and our social media for updates. 

If you are scheduled to take a USMLE examination in a region outside the United States and Canada, please check the Prometric website for the most current list of test center closures before going to the test center on your scheduled test day.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this challenging time.


New practice materials and helpful information for Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams now available

Posted: August 13, 2020

Updated practice materials are available for examinees planning to take the Step 1 exam on or after October 20, 2020 and for examinees planning to take Step 2 CK on or after November 11, 2020 The updated materials reflect the previously announced Step 1 and Step 2 CK content distribution changes.

Read the full story here.


Step 3 Eligibility Requirements During the Step 2 Clinical Skills Suspension

Posted: August 06, 2020
Updated: August 06, 2020

The USMLE program remains committed to mitigating disruptions in the path to medical licensure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. More Info »


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