USMLE Exam Status
Steps 1, 2 CK and 3 - Prometric testing centers will continue to open on a site-by-site basis in accordance with state and local laws and social distancing guidelines. We have begun administration of Step 1 and Step 2 CK at three medical schools who will serve as limited testing centers in their region.
Steps 2 CS - Given the unique, human-to-human delivery mode of this exam, testing is suspended for the next 12-18 months to protect the health of examinees and test center staff.
Pilot Begins Next Week for Phase One: Regional Testing Centers at Medical Schools
In our last announcement on May 15, 2020, we shared our plans of a phased approach to expand testing capacity for Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3. Phase one of the plan involves setting up a small number of testing sites in medical schools using Prometric equipment. We aim for these sites to serve as limited testing centers for different geographical regions across the U.S. These sites will be exclusively dedicated to USMLE testing, which will help expand testing capacity overall.
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University will act as the first pilot site for phase one. May 27, 2020 is the planned start date for test administration of Step 1 and Step 2 CK to begin there. This site will have 20 available test administrations each day. At the current time, this regional testing center will only serve students from a New England consortium of medical schools in the region:
- The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (host school)
- Boston University School of Medicine
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- Harvard Medical School
Students from these schools should wait to hear from their medical school Dean’s Office (Student Affairs) before taking any action to schedule or cancel a Prometric test center appointment. The institutions’ Dean’s Offices, in collaboration with Prometric and the USMLE program, will schedule eligible students for USMLE testing.
We greatly appreciate the collaboration with the leadership of all the schools involved as well as Brown University’s willingness to act as the host site for this pilot. We will announce more regional testing centers soon.