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USMLE Exam Dates 2024 (Step 1, 2, 3), Eligibility Period - Application, Process, Fees

USMLE Exam Dates 2024 (Step 1, 2, 3), Eligibility Period - Application, Process, Fees

Edited By M Anusha | Updated on May 17, 2024 10:21 AM IST | #USMLE

USMLE Exam Dates 2024 - There is no particular USMLE test dates 2024 to attempt the exam. Instead, the candidate must pick a window period at the time of registration, during which they are eligible to take the USMLE test. This is called as USMLE eligibility period. The selection of the eligibility period for the USMLE test dates 2024 can be done at Candidates can easily select the USMLE Step 1 exam dates 2024-2025 on their preferred day between May 01 to July 01, 2024.

The USMLE exam is taken by candidates all around the world to practice medicine in USA. Candidates can book their USMLE exam date any time, at their convenience. Once the chosen eligibility period for USMLE exam is sanctioned, the candidate can schedule the USMLE exam dates 2024 through the Prometric website. Read the article to know more about USMLE step 1 dates, step 2 & 3 dates, etc.

USMLE Exam Dates 2024

The process of booking the USMLE test dates begins by selecting the USMLE eligibility period during the registration and then obtaining a scheduling permit to select the test dates. All the available exam dates are displayed in the scheduling system on the Prometric website.

Candidates can not book USMLE exam dates before six (6) months in advance. The Step 3, Step 2 and USMLE Step 1 schedule 2024 are not available or offered on the major local holidays. Coming to the Step 3 dates, the test is not administrated during the first 14 days of January. The candidates must continue to be eligible on the USMLE exam date for attempting the exam at the USMLE test centre.

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USMLE Exam Dates for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3

The step-wise information for the USMLE exam dates is given below.

USMLE Step 1 Dates 2024

Before knowing about USMLE step 1 exam dates 2024, first start with the USMLE registration process. Candidates can start the registration process for the USMLE Step 1 after enrolling in a medical college that is listed under the World Directory of Medical Schools. Choosing the USMLE exam date is dependent on the candidate.

Most of the candidates choose to book their USMLE step 1 dates 2024 after completion of their 2nd year of study. However, they must ensure that the chosen date falls within the assigned eligibility period.

USMLE Step 2 Exam Dates 2024

Candidates can attempt USMLE Step 2 test from the 3rd to the 4th year of their medical schooling. These timelines can also be changed depending on the USMLE results of Step 1 pass/fail. Similar to the step 1 test dates 2024 which has no fixed test dates, the USMLE step 2 schedule has no fixed USMLE Step 2 dates. Firstly, the candidate needs to schedule the test in a 3-month eligibility period, then select the USMLE Step 2 test date 2024.

USMLE Step 3 Dates

There is no fixed timeline for the USMLE Step 3 dates. The Step 3 exam happens for 2 days. Firstly, the USMLE schedule step 3 can be done by choosing the 3-month eligibility period and then the candidate can select the USMLE dates for Step 3. As the Step 3 exam takes place in the USA, the candidates have to be careful while booking the USMLE exam dates for Step 3.

Usually, the months from May to July and November to December are the busiest testing times in the Prometric test centres in the USA. Candidates can consider this and proceed to book their Step 3 dates.

Eligibility Period for USMLE Exam Dates

The eligibility period is a 3-month duration. While registering for the Step 1 USMLE test dates or Step 2 or Step 3, the list of these consecutive 3 months from January to December is given. The candidate can pick the convenient eligibility period for the test.

Here are the sample eligibility periods for the USMLE 2024 step 1 exam dates.

  • January 01, 2024 - March 01, 2024

  • March 01, 2024 - May 01, 2024

  • May 01, 2024 - July 01, 2024

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If the candidate does not find his/her suitable eligibility period while registration, they can wait till the desired eligibility period appears. Usually, the new eligibility periods appear during September of each year. As the USMLE test centres and dates are given on a first come and serve basis, it is suggested to book the exam dates during the early USMLE eligibility period. This also provides convenience to the candidate to reschedule the USMLE exam dates 2024.

How to book the USMLE exam dates?

Depending on the USMLE eligibility criteria candidates can book their USMLE exam dates 2024 either through ECFMG or FSMB. Indian medical students or any other international students who are residing outside the USA or Canada apply through the ECFMG for the USMLE.

USMLE Registration Criteria for Step 1 & Step 2

  • Apply through NBME - For students/graduates of LCME or COCA-accredited medical programs in the USA or Canada.

  • Apply through ECFMG - For students/graduates of medical schools outside the US and Canada.

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USMLE Registration Criteria for Step 3

  • Apply through FSMB - All candidates international or within USA or Canada have to apply through FSMB for the Step 3.

USMLE Exam Date Booking Process 2024

Here are the steps involved in booking a USMLE test date. The registration through ECFMG is listed below.

  • Candidates can register for the USMLE exam Step 1 or 2 through the ECFMG interactive web portal (IWA).

  • While USMLE registration, the applicant selects the eligibility period during which the USMLE exam date will be allotted. Make the payment and complete the registration.

  • A confirmation email regarding the registration completion and assigned eligibility period is listed.

  • The next step is to obtain a scheduling permit. This is an online med school verification process. Once verified, the candidate will receive a mail confirmation mentioning scheduling permit is available.

  • The scheduling permit has a scheduling number, this number is used for scheduling the test via the Prometric website.

  • Visit the Prometric website, select the required USMLE step and choose the USMLE exam date and test centre.

Reschedule the USMLE Exam Dates

Candidates can reschedule the USMLE test dates 2024 within the assigned eligibility period. There will be no fee if the rescheduling is done before or on the 46th day prior to the USMLE exam date. If the rescheduling is done on the 45th day or less before the USMLE test date, then a rescheduling fee of USD 35 to 396 will apply. This rescheduling fee varies for each test type and timeline.

Extension of USMLE Eligibility Period

Candidates who are unable to attend the USMLE exam at the approved or registered eligibility period can request a one-time extension. The extension of the eligibility period can not overlap with the assigned eligibility period. A one-time extension is allowed for each USMLE exam registration.

Candidates can place the USMLE exam extension request only after the start of the assigned eligibility period. The processing of the extension request must be completed before the given deadline for each USMLE eligibility period. Candidates must know that the request for an extension does not cancel the original scheduled USMLE test date.

If the candidate would like to apply for an extension for both Step 1 and Step 2 at the same time, then the processing of the extension request must be completed before the earlier deadline for USMLE Step one or Step two. For example, the deadline for Step 1 is August and for Step 2 is September, the processing of the extension request must be completed by the August deadline.

If the candidate is not attending the exam on original USMLE exam dates or extended USMLE dates or eligibility periods, then the candidate needs to re-apply for the USMLE exam to attempt the test.

How to request for extension of the USMLE eligibility period?

There are two stages for placing a request to extend the USMLE eligibility period. One is the online part and the other is candidate status verification.

Here is the step-wise process for the extension of the eligibility period as follows.

Stage 1 - Online Part

  • Visit the IWA of ECFMG.

  • Select the exam for which the applicant would like to extend the eligibility period.

  • Read the request summary and proceed with payment.

  • Payment method like credit card is accepted.

  • Make the payment and complete the online request part to ECFMG.

Stage 2 - Verification Part

For students whose medical school participates with the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP), the verification can be done electronically. If the student’s medical school does not participate in EMSWP, they will need to fill in the Certificate Statement (Form 183-E). Download and print the form. Applicants can fill in the details and get it signed and sealed by the applicant's medical school. Submit the form to the ECFMG office in Philadelphia, USA.

USMLE Exam Fees

Candidates booking the USMLE exam dates can check the USMLE fees for each step mentioned below.

USMLE Exam Fee 2024 Details


Exam Fees

International Test Delivery Surcharge

Step 1

USD 1000

USD 195

Step 2 CK

USD 1000

USD 220

Step 3

USD 925


Here international test delivery surcharge is for international students who attempt the test from outside the USA or Canada.

Where is USMLE held in India?

After completion of successful registration, one can attempt the exam on the exam date at USMLE test centres. The complete region-wise USMLE Prometric test centers in India are listed below.

USMLE Exam Centres In India

RegionExam Centre
New DelhiPrometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., 2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower A, Gurgaon 122 002
KolkataPrometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., Flat 1/C Sukh Sagar Building, 2/5 Sarat Bose Rd, Kolkata 7000 020
ChennaiPrometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., No. 15/7, 2nd Floor, Jagannathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034
MumbaiMarwa House, Saki Vihar Road, Sakinaka, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 072
United States Education Foundation in India, 4-New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400 020
HyderabadPrometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., Avenue 1, Street 20, Plot 1672, Road 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034
AhmedabadPrometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., 301-302 Abhijeet II, Mitha Khali Six Roads, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad 380 006
BangalorePrometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., Maini Sadan, First floor, No. 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross Rd, Bangalore 560 001
AllahabadInstitute of Psychological and Educational Measurement, 119, 25-A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad 211 001

Know more about USMLE:

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How many times can you take the USMLE exam in a year?

Candidates can attempt each USMLE Step for 4 times. The applicants can register up to 3 times in a year and the fourth attempt can be taken only after 12 months after the first attempt and at least six months after the recent attempt.

2. When can I register for USMLE step 1 exam dates?

Candidates need not wait till the completion of a medical degree to attempt the USMLE exam. Students can start taking the USMLE Step 1 as soon as they are enrolled in a medical school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

3. What is the fee total fee for USMLE exam?

Here is the cost for each USMLE step for the year 2024

USMLE  Step 1 - USD 1000

USMLE Step 2 - USD 1000

USMLE Step 3  - USD 925

Along with the fixed exam fee, international candidates attempting the Step 1 & Step 2 exam outside the US or Canada need to pay an international test delivery charges of USD 195 for Step 1 & USD 220 for Step 2 CK. 

4. Can I take the USMLE exam in India?

Indian applicants can take the USMLE Step 1 & USMLE Step 2 from India at USMLE-authorized Prometric test centres. While the Step 3 exam can be attempted only in the USA. The months of May to July and November to December are the busiest testing times in the Prometric test centres in the USA.

5. How can I apply for USMLE from India?

To apply for the USMLE from India, one can register for the USMLE exam 2024 through the official registration portal. For USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills), one apply through the ECFMG. For Step 3 of USMLE exam, onle apply through the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).


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Questions related to USMLE

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Hi aspirant
See, what you've asked about, are the entrance exams conducted at an international level.
Once you give complete your graduation i.e MBBS. You might want to pursue PG in India. For that you'll have to give NEET PG entrance examination. Now you might also want to settle abroad or pursue specialization abroad. In that case such exams like PLAB and USMLE are conducted.

PLAB is Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board. It is a licensing examination conducted for foreign medical  graduates who wish to practice medicine in the UK . PLAB is undertaken by the General Medical Council (UK) in several countries across the globe.
There are two parts of the PLAB exam

Part  1 :  180 single best answer questions.
Part 2 comprises  of  18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes

Candidate are selected according to their score.

Now USMLE is United States The United States Medical Licensing Examination
It is a necessary medical license to practice in the United States of America (USA).
The FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards) and NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) are co-sponsors of this exam.
It is took by the students who wish to study and practice in the US.

Hope this helps
All the best:)

Hello aspirant,

India and Phillipines are  the best country.

Every year plenty of Indian students apply for USMLE, though everyone should understand that among those many of the students are students studying/studied in foreign medical colleges from various countries. So, when we question whether it is easy to crack USMLE if the student study in local/Indian medical colleges or in Foreign medical colleges, which require a thorough understanding of all the criteria including the student’s individual interest impacting most of their performance.

USMLE—the United States Medical Licensing Examination is the most popular PG entrance examination in the world where all the world’s medical graduates dream to get a chance to qualify and enter into those prestigious institutions to study PG or Residency.

The United States Medical Licensing Examination—USMLE is the licensure cum medical PG entrance examination to obtain a medical license as well to study their Post-Graduation in various US medical colleges. USMLE is co-sponsored by the National Board of Medical Examiner—NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards—FSMB together.


A MBBS physician's capacity to put knowledge into practical medical practise is evaluated by the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Contains Steps 1 and 2. If you take it, you'll be able to practise medicine in the US. After earning 6 Cr and prudently investing 3 Cr over the course of 60 months, you are free to return to India.

List of colleges you can choose for doing MBBS which will allow you to appear for USMLE :-

  • AIIMS, New Delhi
  • CMC, Vellore
  • Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad
  • King George Medical University, Lucknow and many more.

Thank You


You can obviously practice medicine in United States of America. But you need to take the screening test called U.S.M.L.E exam which is The United States Medical Licensing Examination.

To know more about U.S.M.L.E exam, please take a look the below link.

Students whoever want to do medicine in United States of America, you can take U.S.M.L.E exam. The first year of training after medical school is called an internship, or more commonly it is called first year of residency or PGY-1 (Post-Graduate-Year-1). The following years are called PGY-2, PGY-3, etc. The training that is done after a residency (in a subspecialty) is usual called a fellowship.

All the best for your career!!!

Thank You.

Hello Aspirant,

Yes, you can definitely take the U.S.M.L.E exam to practice medicine in U.S. The medical universities of Russia are well recognized all over the world. The Students are eligible for U.S.M.L.E exam after completing their studies from N.S.M.U.

To know what is U.S.M.L.E exam and its updates take a look in the below link.

All the Best for your future!!!

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