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USMLE Exam Eligibility Pattern

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USMLE Exam Eligibility & pattern

USMLE Exam 2021 – The USMLE is a three-Step examination for medical licensure in the United States. It is sponsored by the FSMB and the NBME. The USMLE program supports medical licensing authorities and physicians in the United States through development, delivery, and continual improvement of high-quality assessments across the continuum of physicians’ preparation for practice.

Read the article till end very carefully to get complete details of USMLE 2021.

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Question: What is full form of USMLE ?

Ans: United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

Question: How many phases are there to clear  USMLE  Entrance ?

Ans: Basically USMLE consist of steps include –

  • Step 1,
  • Step 2 CK,
  • Step 2 CS, and
  • Step 3.

Step 2 consist of two different components – Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS).

Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS of the USMLE can be taken in any sequence, provided the candidate meets the eligibility criteria. However, Step 3 can be taken only after passing Step 1 and Step 2 components.

Question: USMLE 2021 Entrance is online or offline?

Ans: All the steps of USMLE 2021 Entrance examination  will be conducted online in computer-based mode except Step 2 CS. Only Step 2 CS component will be offline-based and there are only  six Examination centers in the US.

Question: Is it possible to appear USMLE 2021 Entrance from any part of world or candidate is supposed to visit US for examination?

Ans: Although Step 1 and Step 2 CK of USMLE 2021 can be attempted from any of the  Prometric centers  across the world authorized by authority . But Step 2 CS and Step 3 will also be conducted in the US only.

Question: Why USMLE 2021 Entrance is needed?

Ans: It is compulsory for all those medical graduates who wants to do practice medicine in US.

Question: How many attempts are allowed for USMLE 2021 Entrance ?

Ans: An applicants can attempt maximum of six times.

Question: How we can apply for USMLE 2021 Entrance ?

Ans:  Although for Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS can be submitted on-line using Interactive Web Applications (IWA).  but for Step 3 we have to apply through FSMB .

Question: Is it possible to retake USMLE 2021 Entrance ?

Ans: If any candidate passed  USMLE step 1, he/she can’t retake the Step or Step Component. So you are advised to appear only if you are having good preparation.

Exam-day identification requirements

Documents accepted as ID proof:

  1. Passport

  2. Driver’s license with photograph

  3. National Identity Card

  4. Other form of government-issued identification

The valid ID must be presented with:

  1. The applicant’s photo

  2. Name must be exactly same as filled in online application form

  3. The applicant’s signature

Testing Centers and charges for USMLE 2021 Step 1 and Step 2 CK

Testing Regions

Location of Prometric Testing Centers

Step 1 Surcharge

Step 2 CK Surcharge

United States and Canada

Test centers are located in every U.S. state, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.Test centers are located in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.




Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda

(For centers in Egypt, select Middle East testing region.)




Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, People’s Republic of China (For Hong Kong, select Asia testing region. For centers in other available cities in the PRC, select China testing region.), Philippines, and Singapore(For centers in India, select India testing region.)




Australia and New Zealand




People’s Republic of China(For Hong Kong, select Asia testing region. For centers in other available cities in the PRC, select China testing region.)




Armenia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom















Latin America

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela



Middle East

Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates(For centers in Israel, select Europe testing region.)











Note: The surcharge is in addition to the examination fee.

USMLE Exam Eligibility & pattern

As we have told you earlier that most of the steps are online and only few are offline.

USMLE 2020 Exam Pattern: Aim, Pattern, and Exam Duration

USMLE Result 2021

NBME will declare the results after conducting of all Steps and Step Components of USMLE 2021. Authority will also issue score cards. When Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS score reports are available, ECFMG will send an e-mail notification to Foreign medical applicants.

USMLE 2021 score reports will be available online also and can be accessed using ECFMG’s .

The result of USMLE 2021 for Steps 1, 2 CK and Step 3 is declared typically within a month after the test date.

USMLE 2021 results for Step 2 CS will be available as per Step 2 CS schedule for Reporting Results, which will be uploaded on the USMLE and ECFMG websites.

USMLE scoring system and qualifying status

The applicant is supposed to score minimum mark in the respective Step or Step Component to be considered pass. Here is the complete details of the minimum marks given below.

Question: What is minimum qualifying marks in USMLE 2021 Entrance ?

Ans: As of now the minimum qualifying marks are as follows:

Step 1: 194

Step 2: CK: 209

Step 3: 196

We want to make it clear that Step 1 is just similar to NEET PG of India where qualifying marks does not guarantee for admission in PG course. To get admission in good branch your score must be more than 230 in USMLE.

Once you clear the step 1,Step 2 CS is very simple and you are just supposed to clear it with minimum marks.

Sample Score Reporting Schedule 2020- Step 2 CS

Test Duration

Reporting Start Date

Reporting End Date

January 1 – January 25

March 4, 2020

March 25, 2020

January 26 – March 28

April 29, 2020

May 27, 2020

March 29 – May 23*

June 24, 2020

July 22, 2020

May 24 – July 18

August 19, 2020

September 16, 2020

July 19 – September 12

October 14, 2020

November 11, 2020

September 13 – November 7

December 16, 2020

January 13, 2021

November 8 – December 31

February 3, 2021

February 24, 2021

*No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 22 through March 30.

Question: How to prepare USMLE 2021 Entrance ?

Ans: Sample items are available free of charge on the USMLE website under the section titled Practice Materials. You
may also purchase an at-home online self-assessment by visiting the Students & Residents section of the NBME
website. Practice materials and self-assessments are available to all USMLE examinees.

Hope this article “USMLE Exam Eligibility & pattern” will be helpful for all medical aspirants willing to do practice in US.

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This post was last modified on December 3, 2021 12:04 pm