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Critical Announcements

If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 27, 2019 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2018.

Most Step 3 scores are reported within 4 weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test in early 2019. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for examinees testing in January and February 2019 is Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

No USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 3 examinations will be administered January 1-14, 2019.

The Step 3 score report has been redesigned to reflect both advances in the underlying science of assessment and changes to the USMLE program over time. Examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018 will receive score reports in the new format. If you tested prior to October 1, 2018, it is not possible to receive your score report in this new format.

The redesigned report features a chart showing an examinee’s performance compared with recent first-time takers from US and Canadian medical schools, the examinee’s performance in individual content areas relative to their overall Step 3 performance, and information about the allocation of items across each content area. The USMLE program solicited feedback on the new design from a number of stakeholders, including examinees, medical school faculty, and residency program directors.

2019 eligibility periods are now available, along with the 2019 USMLE Bulletin of Information. When selecting your eligibility period, please keep in mind that 1) USMLE is not given during the first two weeks in January and 2) the busiest testing times at Prometric are May through July and November through December.

2019 Fees Effective Dates for 2019 Fees
 $875 Three-month eligibility periods that end in 2019.
The first eligibility period in which the 2019 fee will apply is November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019.
The last eligibility period in which the 2019 fee will apply is October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019.


Remember, the stakes on a medical licensing exam are high! Don't do something that might jeopardize your future as a licensed physician. Be sure you understand all the USMLE policies on security and irregular behavior by viewing the security video here.     

For updates on the impact of inclement weather on USMLE Step 3 administrations, please go to the Prometric websiteIf your test center is closed due to inclement weather and you are not able to test, you must do the following: 

  • If you have not opened the exam at all (i.e., not yet taken Day 1), send an email to FSMB at 
  • If you have opened any part of the exam (i.e., started or completed Day 1), send an email to USMLE Test Admin at 
  • The email should include: your full name, USMLE ID, test center location, brief summary of the issue (e.g., center closed due to inclement weather) and the ticket number from Prometric, if provided.  

The test center closure will be verified directly with Prometric. This takes several business days. Once the closure is verified, you will be contacted via email with detailed information for rescheduling your test date(s). A free extension of your eligibility period will be provided, if needed, to allow you time to reschedule.