Do not apply for Step 3 until after the date of graduation on your medical school diploma. If you apply before you have graduated, your application will be cancelled and a portion of your fees will be forfeited.
When selecting your eligibility period, please keep in mind that it can take up to 12 weeks after you graduate for FSMB to verify your graduation with your medical school. Please feel free to contact our offices at (817) 868-4041 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central) to find out if your graduation has been verified before you apply.
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 winter weather on USMLE Step 3 administrations, please go to the Prometric website. If 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 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.
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.