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)

Step 2 CS Rescheduling Policy Allows Early Scheduling, Flexibility in Changing Testing Appointments

There are no Step 2 CS rescheduling fees for applicants who cancel scheduled testing appointments more than 14 days before the scheduled test date. Rescheduling fees do apply to applicants who cancel within 14 days of their scheduled test date and those who miss their scheduled test date without canceling.

This policy allows applicants registered for Step 2 CS to schedule their testing appointments early, while retaining the flexibility to reschedule at no cost, with a minimal period of notice. Applicants are strongly encouraged to register early and schedule testing appointments for the earliest possible date. If you have registered or plan to register for Step 2 CS, you should be familiar with the requirements and fees associated with rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment.

  • If you cancel more than fourteen calendar days before (but not including) your scheduled test date, there is no fee to reschedule.
  • If you cancel during the fourteen-day period before (but not including) your scheduled test date, your fee will be $150 when you reschedule.
  • If you miss your scheduled testing appointment without canceling, your fee will be $400 when you reschedule.

Registered applicants can check which test dates are available to them at any time by accessing Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling. For complete information on Step 2 CS rescheduling policies, refer to Rescheduling in the ECFMG Information Booklet.

(posted June 22, 2005, updated December 1, 2005, March 28, 2006, December 7, 2006)

Important Information for Step 2 CS Registrants Attempting to Schedule or Reschedule a Testing Appointment

It has come to our attention that some Step 2 CS registrants have offered to exchange their scheduled testing appointments for those of other registrants who must take Step 2 CS by specific deadlines. The exchange of testing appointments between applicants is not consistent with the “first-come, first-served” basis on which Step 2 CS testing appointments are offered. It is also highly unlikely to be successful. If you are registered for Step 2 CS, you should know that:

  • The Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling system does not allow an applicant to reserve his/her scheduled testing appointment for another applicant, nor does it allow the transfer of a testing appointment from one applicant to another. When an applicant cancels a scheduled appointment, the appointment returns to the pool of available testing appointments where it can be claimed by other registrants.
  • At any given time, there are many applicants registered for Step 2 CS who may be attempting to schedule or reschedule testing appointments. It is common for appointments that become available to be claimed immediately by another applicant.
  • The Step 2 CS Scheduling Email Notification System allows registered applicants to indicate their preferences for test dates and centers. When a testing appointment is canceled, all applicants participating in the email notification system who have expressed a preference for this date/center are notified immediately by email.

The best way for registered applicants to monitor the availability of testing appointments is to indicate their preferences for dates/centers using the pilot Step 2 CS Scheduling Email Notification System. To indicate your preferences, access Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling, and follow the link “Add/Edit Scheduling Email Notifications.”

For detailed information on policies and procedures related to Step 2 CS scheduling and rescheduling, refer to the ECFMG Information Booklet and USMLE Bulletin of Information.

(posted November 21, 2006, updated December 7, 2006)