New Practice Questions and Helpful Information for the Step 2 CK Exam Available

The USMLE Program encourages examinees planning to take the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) to review the following materials on the USMLE website:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

UPDATE: Step 2 CK – Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores before August 29, 2018, the USMLE program recommends that you take the exam no later than June 30, 2018.

Necessary modifications to the test item pool will result in a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of June 30, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of June 30 through mid-August will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

For more information, examinees should refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.

NOTE: When this announcement was originally posted on April 9, 2018, examinees were recommended to take exams on or before June 24 to ensure receiving scores before August 29. This update recommends that examinees take the exam on or before June 30 to ensure receiving a score before August 29.

(posted April 9, 2018; updated May 4, 2018)

Requirements for Scheduling Exams at Prometric Centers

Beginning April 1, 2018, anyone using an unsupported operating system or browser (Windows XP/Vista, Windows Server 2003, or a browser version below IE 9) will NOT be able to schedule an exam at a Prometric center.

This change is due to an enhancement of security protocols to meet new industry compliance regulations.

Additional information is available at the Prometric website, as well as instructions on how to upgrade your operating system or browser.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for more information.

Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Minimum Passing Score

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

The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 2 CK examination at its May 2018 meeting.

If the Committee determines that a change is appropriate, the new recommended minimum passing score will become effective for all examinees who take a Step 2 CK examination on or after July 1, 2018. The decision of the Committee will be posted at the USMLE website.

For further information, examinees should refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.

UPDATE: Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS

Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling as soon as possible if they are planning to test this year. 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 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.

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, June 12, 2017, June 23, 2017, July 13, 2017, July 27, 2017, August 9, 2017, October 17, 2017, October 25, 2017, November 8, 2017, December 1, 2017, December 13, 2017, December 29, 2017, January 10, 2018, January 25, 2018, February 8, 2018, February 21, 2018, March 8, 2018, March 21, 2018, April 4, 2018, May 2, 2018, May 16, 2018, May 31, 2018, June 4, 2018, June 13, 2018, June 27, 2018, July 11, 2018, July 26, 2018, August 8, 2018)

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Step 1 – Delay in 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 May 7, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 7 through early June will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 11, 2018, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than May 4, 2018.

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 6 weeks. Please note that scores on new and old exam forms will be comparable.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fees

The rescheduling fees for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination have changed as of January 1, 2018. If you have a scheduled testing appointment and are unable to take the exam on your scheduled test date or at your scheduled center, you may cancel your scheduled testing appointment and reschedule for a different date and/or center, subject to availability. The date that you cancel your testing appointment will determine the amount of your rescheduling fee.

For more information, including the list of fees, please refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.

Free Practice Sessions Available for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3—Offer Has Ended

As of January 18, 2018, the promotion has ended because USMLE hit the maximum number of available sessions.

The USMLE program is offering free practice sessions for a limited time. Practice sessions, normally administered for a fee at Prometric Test Centers, will be available to a limited number of individuals at no cost on or before January 31, 2018. These free sessions are being made available at both domestic and international Prometric Test Centers. This is a great opportunity to experience the process and pacing of exam day while continuing to learn the important information that is available to you.

Interested examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website for information on eligibility requirements and how to register for a practice session.

Updated January 23, 2018