Safely expanding testing opportunities for examinees has been the USMLE program’s top priority. The USMLE program has expanded testing opportunities by working with Prometric to create “regional testing centers” in different geographical regions across the U.S. To further increase testing opportunities, the USMLE program is also coordinating event testing at medical schools across the U.S. in July and August. In addition, Prometric continues to increase testing capacity. More details about these efforts can be found on our website. The USMLE program will continue to monitor examinee scheduling as well as test center availability and capacity.
Prometric has provided details about social distancing and other measures it is taking on its website in various pandemic related policies, which can be found here.
For event testing, participating medical schools have agreed to act in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidance, and also their institution’s rules, pertaining to personal protective equipment, safety protocols, and social distancing.
To enable medical school faculty and students to continue their important work during this unprecedented time in our history, faculty have worked with NBME to identify alternative assessment delivery methods for NBME subject examinations. The USMLE program continues to investigate alternative options for delivery of the USMLE Step examinations; however, at this time, remote proctoring is not available for USMLE.
Standard testing conditions are a critical component to ensuring fairness and comparability across USMLE test administrations and scores. Without the opportunity to ensure the integrity of test administrations through standardized equipment, adequate connectability, accessibility, and high-security monitoring, examinees’ scores may not accurately represent their true ability.
The USMLE program will continue to investigate alternative options for delivery of the USMLE Step examinations and other ways to provide examinees relief from the issues related to the pandemic.