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Last Updated: March 21, 2024

USMLE Registration

The three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination, or USMLE, is required to receive a medical license in the United States. In response to the requirement for a single route to medical license for allopathic physicians in the US, the exam was developed to assess a physician's application abilities after they have finished theoretical education. This examination program is owned by two non-profit organizations that represent state boards throughout the United States and its territories: the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

There are three steps in this test's method. In evaluating preparedness, which is required to obtain a medical license, each of these three USMLE test processes enhances the other two. None of these three steps can be completed on its own. Committees of physicians, educators, and biomedical scientists from across the United States have designed the examination's content.

Eligibility for Registering for USMLE

The requirements for taking the USMLE are different from the test's steps. The eligibility requirements for every step are listed below.

Eligibility for STEP 1 and STEP 2

On the day of the examination as well as when they apply, the candidate must fall into one of the following categories.

Eligibility for STEP 3

NOTE- Graduates from unaccredited medical schools in the US or Canada who are qualified for initial US medical licensing authority licensure as physicians may only take the USMLE if the US medical licensing authority specifically requests that they be sponsored to the USMLE Secretariat before they apply for each Step.

USMLE Registration Process

Each of the three USMLE stages has a different registration procedure. To register for the various test days, students must follow the instructions below.

USMLE Test Dates

Step 1 and Step 2 CK are given both inside and outside of the US, whereas Step 3 is only given inside the US and its territories. All the steps are administered at Prometric Centers. To register for the test, students must adhere to the instructions provided on the NBME, ECFMG, or FSMB websites. Students should follow the instructions below to identify the test centers that are closest to them and the available dates. Students who successfully register will receive an email with a scheduling permit along with information about their eligibility terms. Students can choose a test date by visiting the Prometric website after receiving the scheduling permit. It might not be possible to schedule more than six months in advance.

Cost of Taking USMLE

The cost of taking different steps of USMLE is as follows:
StepFees (U.S., its territories and Canada)Fees (Outside U.S. and Canada)
Step 1$1,000$1,000 + $195*
Step 2 CK$1,000$1,000 + $220*
Step 3$925NA
* Students taking the USMLE outside of the United States, its territories, or Canada are subject to this international surcharge.

Other costs related to USMLE are as follows:
Extension of Eligibility period$100 per exam
Step 1/Step 2 CK Testing Region Change$90 per region change
Step 1/Step 2 CK score recheck$80 per exam
ECFMG Exam Chart$50 per form
ECFMG CSA History Chart$50 per form
USMLE Transcript - Paper$70 per form
USMLE Transcript - Electronic Transmission for ERAS$80 per ERAS season

Requesting for Additional Break Time

The computer tracks the amount of time allotted for each block and for breaks during the student's test session, which is set for a certain duration. There is a total of 45 minutes set aside for approved breaks and computer transitions between blocks. Nevertheless, this break time may be extended for medical reasons, such as nursing or breastfeeding. To seek an extra break, submit an application form either before or after registering for a Step exam. Examinees must bear in mind, nevertheless, that Step 2 becomes a two-day exam and Step 3 a three-day exam if they take an extra break.

Rescheduling/Cancelling USMLE

Students must go to the Prometric website, select the "Reschedule/Cancel" option, and then follow the instructions to postpone or cancel their test day appointment. During their eligibility period, candidates may reschedule; however, if they do so 45 calendar days or less before their planned appointment, they will be charged a fee. Candidates should get in touch with the company that enrolled them for their exam to ask about a one-time, continuous eligibility period extension if they are unable to take the test within the allotted time. This service is provided for a price. Candidates must reapply by sending in a fresh application along with the required fee(s) if they choose not to take the exam during their initial or extended eligibility term.
Date of changing appointmentFees for U.S. and CanadaFees for Outside U.S. and Canada
46 or more days before the first day of the scheduled test dateNo feesNo feesNo feesNo feesNo feesNo fees
31-45 days and before the first day of the scheduled test date$35$35$35$35$35$35
6-30 days before the first day of the scheduled test date$100$100$100$100$100$100
5 or fewer days before the first day of the scheduled test date$137$155$275$352$396NA