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What is USMLE Exam?

The USMLE examination is designed for medical graduates who aspire to do medical practice in United States. USMLE exam is conducted in three steps for medical licensure in the US and administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners and Federation of State Medical Boards.

USMLE Exam Eligibility:

Eligibility for the Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS

  • A medical student or a graduate officially enrolled in a medical college that is outside of United States and Canada listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • A medical student or a graduate officially enrolled in a US or Canadian medical school program leading to MD degree that is authorized by the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education).
  • A medical student or a graduate officially enrolled in a United States medical school leading to the DO degree that is authorized by the AOA (American Osteopathic Association).

Eligibility for Step 3:

  • Clear all the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2CS and also for international medical graduates, certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • MD degree (or its corresponding) or DO degree from an LCME or AOA or Qualified US or Canadian Medical School or from a medical school outside the United States and Canada listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

USMLE Fees 2017:

TestsFees Effective Dates for USMLE Fees 2017
Step 1 $605*3 Months
Eligibility Period begins: November 1 2016 – January 31 2017
Eligibility Period ends: October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Step 2 CK$605*
Step 1 and 2 CK$70 January 1, 2017 (Eligibility Period Extension)
Step 2 CS $1,280For Application Received Starting on January 1, 2017

Note: * For more information about taking Step 1 and Step 2 CK at international centers and regional prices call on (215) 590-9700 or email

Step ComponentOverviewTest FormatLength
Step 1Step 1 test is focused on knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, basic sciences, nutrition, pathology, immunology, pharmacology, aging and genetics.280 multiple choice questions approximately, divided into seven 60-minute blocksOne Day Test – 8 Hours
Step 2Step 2 test has two components:
a.) Clinical Knowledge or CK test examines your knowledge on clinical science such as pediatrics & obstetrics, internal medicine, gynecology and surgery.

b.) Clinical Skills or CS perform physical examinations, analyze and observes on ability to gather information from patients.

Clinical Knowledge (CK):
318 multiple choice questions approximately, divided into eight 60-minute blocks.

Clinical Skills (CS):
Total 12 Patient Cases: 15 minutes for each patient + 10 minutes to record each patient note.

Students must travel to one of 6 testing Centers (Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston & Philadelphia (2)

CK: One Day Test –
9 Hours

CS: One Day Test
– 8 Hours

Step 3Step 3 is a 2 day test and basically taken after the 1st year of residency, emphasis on both computer simulation of patient care and multiple choice questions.

1st Day – Foundation of Independent Practice (FIP) focus on knowledge of basic medical science and important principles necessary for active health care.

2nd Day – Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM) examine the skill to apply the knowledge of health and diseases in the context of patient management.

1st Day: 235 Multiple Choice Question approximately, divided into six 60-minute blocks, each containing 40 question approx.

2nd Day: 180 Multiple Choice Question approximately and divided into six 45 blocks, each containing 30 question approx.

One Day Test:
7 Hours

One Day Test:
9 Hours

Sequence of USMLE Steps

A medical student who meets the eligibility requirements can take Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS in any sequence and you can take USMLE Step 3 after passing Step 1, Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK.

USMLE exam involves planning and planning includes precise, achievable, convincing, assessable and zero hour objectives. If you are preparing for USMLE exam without these intents, the goals you set will be difficult to achieve. A universal truth for a medical student preparing for the USMLE exam is like executing a treatment for the patient.

All medical students or graduates who aspire to practice medicine in US can walk in to the EduPristine USMLE Preparation Institute and prepare for all the USMLE steps with 245 hours of classroom classes, 9 months of online study, free access to U-world question bank, USA Star Trainers and 2000+ practice question to pass all the USMLE steps.