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The United States Medical Licensing Examination Test

The United States Medical Licensing Examination, which is also known as USMLE is actually a 3-step exam for getting a medical licensure to practice in the USA.

So what exactly is the USMLE?
The USMLE exams is an assessment of the ability of a physician, to apply all the concepts, principles and knowledge which are crucial in disease and health and which form the very basis of effective and safe care for all patients.

This test consists of a 3 step procedure. Each of these 3 steps in the USMLE exam complements the remaining others and none of these 3 steps can stand by themselves individually in assessing readiness, which is needed for getting a medical licensure.
Eligibility for Steps 1 and 2 USMLE
You ought to be in 1 of the categories mentioned below while applying and as well on the day of your test:
Eligibility for Step 3 USMLE
Before submitting the application form, you should:
Fees for USMLE
The USMLE Step 1 fee is $790 along with a delivery surcharge for an international test (if the test region is located outside the Canada or the US)
The USMLE Step 2 CK fee is $790 along with a delivery surcharge for an international test (if the test region is located outside the Canada or the US)
The USMLE Step 2 CS fee is $1,375.
You can find out more about the fee structure in depth on the USMLE's official website.

USMLE Test Centers
The USMLE test centers are located across most of the states in the US. The Step 2 CS exam however can be only taken in at 5 CSEC's or Clinical Skills Evaluation Centers which are located in the USA at:
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Houston, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Los Angeles, California

    Top Schools for USMLE
    Below mentioned are top 10 ranked medical schools in the USA which prepare you for taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination:
    • Harvard University, Boston, MA
    • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
    • University of Pennsylvania, PA
    • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    • University of California, San Francisco, SA
    • Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    • Yale University, New Haven, CT
    • Columbia University, New York, NY
    • Duke University, Durham, NC
    • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    USMLE Scores
    With the exclusion of the CS Step 2 (which is actually accounted as Fail/Pass), the USMLE results in fact are based on 2 scales: a two-digit and three-digit scale. The minimum score for passing which is required on the two digit scale is 75 always. On the three-digit scale however, the minimum current passing scores required are as mentioned below:
    Step 1 - 188
    CK Step 2 - 189
    Step 3 190

    Requesting for your USMLE Scores Transcript
    To get the exam transcript or if you want to send it to a 3rd party, you ought to contact the FSMB, NBME or the ECFMG. The entity that you wish to contact will depend upon the Steps that you took and where exactly you wish your transcript to be sent.

    Can a Step I passed be retaken if I wish to increase my total score?
    If anyone passes a particular Step, then they aren't allowed to reappear or retake the Step, leaving out to abide by the time limit allotted by a medical licensing authority, which is required for completing all the Steps or if in case there's a requirement which is inflicted by another authority accredited by this USMLE program.

    The Latest Attempt Limit Set for taking the USMLE Exams
    Beginning 1st January 2012 onwards, all the new examinees for USMLE will get a 6-attempt limit for passing any of the Steps or components of the exam (this is applicable if one hasn't made any prior attempt at the said exam prior this date) and when this limit will get into effect, then the examinee would not be eligible to undertake a particular Step/ Component if he/she has made 6 attempts or more prior, which includes incomplete attempts.

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