During check-in, test center staff will scan you with a handheld or walk-through device designed to detect prohibited items and ask you to empty your pockets and turn them inside out before entering the testing room to confirm that you have no prohibited items. All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for close visual inspection by the test center administrator. These inspections will be done at check-in and upon your return from breaks. Jewelry, except for wedding and engagement rings, is prohibited. Hair accessories such as ornate clips, combs, barrettes, and headbands must be removed for inspection by proctors. Religious headwear is subject to visual inspection only; removal is not required.
Additionally, your photo ID and fingerprint may be scanned electronically, and you must sign the test center log each time you enter or exit the test room.
Before you enter the test room, test center staff will give you laminated writing surfaces and markers to use for making notes and/or calculations during the testing session. You will be instructed to write your name and CIN, as shown on your scheduling permit, on one of the laminated writing surfaces provided. Writing surfaces and markers should be used only at your assigned testing station and only after you have entered your CIN in the computer to start your test session. If you have filled the laminated writing surfaces and need additional space for making notes, raise your hand to ask test center staff for a replacement. You must return laminated writing surfaces to test center staff at the end of the testing session. Do NOT write on anything (e.g., skin, clothing, tissue, etc.) other than the laminated writing surface. Failure to comply may result in a finding that you engaged in irregular behavior.
Test center staff will escort you to your assigned testing station and provide brief instructions on use of the computer equipment. You must enter your CIN to start the examination. A brief tutorial is available before each examination. You must run the sound check for the audio headphones either before the examination begins or during the tutorial, so that problems can be resolved before you start the examination.
There are no facilities available for family and friends to wait at the center while you test; please plan to meet them elsewhere after the examination ends.
We reserve the right to terminate your administration if you engage in any activity that may compromise the validity, integrity, or security of the USMLE, including possessing or using prohibited items.