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Change to Patient Note Program for the Step 2 CS Exam
May 15, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

On or after July 16, 2017, patient notes written in the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam will automatically submit at the end of the 25 minutes allotted for each patient encounter. Examinees will no longer end the patient note by clicking “Submit.”

A program for practicing writing the patient note is available. Please practice to become familiar with all the features of the program before taking the examination.

Examinees are also encouraged to review the full USMLE announcement for more information.


Step 2 CS Communication Skills Cases
May 11, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Beginning May 21, 2017, USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees may see a case in which the primary task is to assist the standardized patient with making decisions and/or with disease or problem management. For these cases, a physical examination will not be required, and the data interpretation section of the patient note will not need to be completed.

Not all examinations will include a case designed to assess these communication skills; examinees will see a maximum of one case.


UPDATE: Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
April 27, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Based on scheduling trends, if you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.

The graph below is an estimate of test appointment availability for the next six months as of the date at the bottom of the graph. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ. Appointment availability changes frequently, so if you are unable to schedule an appointment during a particular time period, please continue to check the Step 2 CS scheduling website. Additional appointments may become available 60 days in advance of a test date.

Center Schedule Announcement 05.10.17

More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.

(published January 29, 2016; updated February 10, 2016, February 26, 2016, March 10, 2016, March 23, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 20, 2016, May 6, 2016, May 18, 2016, June 8, 2016, December 2, 2016, December 19, 2016, January 11, 2017, February 9, 2017, February 23, 2017, March 17, 2017, March 30, 2017, April 14, 2017, April 27, 2017, May 15, 2017)

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UPDATE: Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Minimum Passing Performance
April 21, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.

Because severe winter weather resulted in cancellation and rescheduling of one of the standard setting panels that review test content for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination, dates for the review by the USMLE Management Committee and for possible changes in the recommended minimum passing requirements to take effect have changed.

The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing requirements for the USMLE Step 2 CS examination at its July 29 – August 1 meeting (originally scheduled for May 2017).

If the Committee determines that a change is appropriate, the new recommended minimum passing requirements will become effective for all examinees who take a Step 2 CS examination on or after September 10, 2017 (originally July 16, 2017).

Examinees are encouraged to read the full announcement and monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Updated Version of Step 2 CS Orientation Video
April 7, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

An updated version of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) orientation video has been posted to the USMLE website. While the content and scoring of the exam have not changed, we encourage all Step 2 CS examinees to watch the updated video and to read the USMLE Step 2 CS Content Description and General Information booklet before taking the exam.


Enhanced Security Policies at CSEC Test Centers
March 30, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

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 test day may be asked to store such items in their lockers.

Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 1 Examination Are Available
February 23, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination have been posted to the USMLE website.

Examinees planning to take a Step 1 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting
February 21, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of April 24, 2017.  The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of April 24 through late May will be Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before June 28, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than April 23.

Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately six weeks. Please note that scores on new and old exam forms will be comparable.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Updated Practice and Informational Materials for Step 3 Available
December 2, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect new features described in a previous announcement.

Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after January 16, 2017 should read the materials and practice with the updated sample items and cases. The materials include:

  • Downloadable practice test materials, with tutorials
  • Feedback for Step 3 CCS practice cases
  • USMLE Step 3 Sample Items booklet (PDF)  – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016
  • USMLE Step 3 Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF) – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016

Enhanced Security Policies at Prometric Test Centers
October 14, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3

Enhanced security policies will take effect in all U.S. Prometric test centers beginning October 15, 2016. The purpose of the enhanced security procedures is to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content.

USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 examinations are administered at Prometric test centers.

Beginning October 15, 2016, Prometric center administrators will conduct stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories.

  • All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for close visual inspection by the test center administrators. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and upon return from breaks.
  • 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. An examinee wearing any of these items may be prohibited from wearing them in the testing room, and asked to store such items in their locker.



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