USMLE program announces upcoming policy changes
On February 12, 2020, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), co-sponsors of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), announced upcoming policy changes to the USMLE program.
- Changing Step 1 score reporting from a three-digit numeric score to reporting only pass/fail;
- Reducing the allowable number of exam attempts on each Step or Step Component from six to four; and
- Requiring all examinees to successfully pass Step 1 as a prerequisite for taking Step 2 Clinical Skills
The above links provide more detail and FAQs. Please also see the announcement on the USMLE website for a podcast about these changes and additional information.
When selecting your eligibility period, please keep in mind that the busiest testing times at Prometric are May through July and November through December.
REMINDER: The USMLE is not available the first two weeks in January. Please keep this in mind when selecting your eligibility period.
|2020 Fees||Effective Dates for 2020 Fees|
Three-month eligibility periods that end in 2020.
The first eligibility period in which the 2020 fee will apply is November 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020.
The last eligibility period in which the 2020 fee will apply is October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.
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.
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- If you have not opened the exam at all (i.e., not yet taken Day 1), send an email to FSMB at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have opened any part of the exam (i.e., started or completed Day 1), send an email to USMLE Test Admin at email@example.com
- 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.
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