Step 2 CS Scheduling Restrictions

Demand for the Step 2 CS examination is expected to be heavy at all clinical skills evaluation centers at certain times throughout the year. The CS scheduling system is designed to handle the expected high volume, while maximizing the likelihood that most examinees can meet requirements and deadlines. This system also provides a representative mix of examinees at most testing sessions, which is helpful in maintaining a high quality assessment system both within and across test centers.

Spaces within test sessions may be allocated based on a variety of factors, including time of year, location of the test center and whether the examinee’s institution of undergraduate medical education is located within the US or Canada, or is an international medical school. These controls on spaces for each test session will remain in place until 60 days before the test date, at which time all testing spaces that have not been filled will be available to all registered applicants on a first come, first served basis. Scheduling patterns and demand will be monitored, and allotment of spaces may be changed as needed.

Applicants rescheduling into newly-available testing spaces will not be charged a rescheduling fee, provided they cancel existing testing appointments with more than 14 days’ notice. However, applicants who cancel with notice of 14 or fewer days will be charged a rescheduling fee of $150.

Scheduling Guidelines for Applicants

If you plan to take Step 2 CS, you should consider the following:

  • Applicants for Step 2 CS are encouraged to register and schedule their testing appointments as soon as possible.
  • Registered applicants are encouraged to schedule a testing appointment, even if they are uncertain that they will be able keep the testing appointment. You will be able to cancel an existing appointment without incurring a rescheduling fee, provided that you give more than 14 days’ notice.
  • Registered applicants can check which test dates are available to them at any time by accessing Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling from the website of their registration entity.

(posted December 21, 2004, updated February 16, 2005, March 18, 2005, December 1, 2006, March 3, 2006, December 7, 2006)