Examples of Security Violations

What Constitutes a Security Violation?

Security violations in the form of cheating and other types of irregular behavior include any action by applicants, examinees, potential applicants, or others that could compromise the validity, integrity, or security of the exam process.

Examples of Security Violations

Exam Eligibility

  • Registering for or taking an exam when ineligible
  • Providing false information or making false statements on or in connection with application forms, scheduling permits, or other USMLE-related documents
  • Taking or attempting to take an examination for which you are not eligible
  • Taking or attempting to take an examination for someone else or engaging someone to take an examination for you


Exam Materials

  • Seeking, providing, and/or obtaining unauthorized access to examination materials, including but not limited to in-person or online
  • Unauthorized reproduction of examination materials by any means, including but not limited to reconstruction through memorization and/or dissemination via the Internet
  • Communicating (including online and via social media) or attempting to communicate about test items, cases, and/or answers with another examinee, potential examinee, or formal or informal test preparation group at any time before, during, or after an examination
  • Possessing any unauthorized materials, including but not limited to photographic equipment, communication or recording devices, fitness and tracking monitors, and cell phones in the secure testing areas


Exam Conduct

  • Seeking, providing, or obtaining unauthorized assistance during the examination or attempting to do so
  • Making notes of any kind while in the secure areas of the test center, except on the writing materials provided at the test center for this purpose
  • Failing to adhere to any USMLE policy, procedure, or rule, or instructions of the test center staff
  • Verbal or physical harassment of test center staff or other examination staff or other disruptive or unprofessional behavior during the registration, scheduling, or examination process
  • Making violent, threatening, or unprofessional comments to USMLE or test center staff


After the Exam

  • Altering or misrepresenting examination scores or outcomes
  • Failing to cooperate fully in an investigation concerning a possible violation of the USMLE rules