USMLE Exam Dates 2020
USMLE Exam Dates 2020 - If you are planning to take the USMLE exam for practicing medicine in the US, please note that there are no specific exam dates of USMLE as such. Rather you have the option of choosing an eligibility period within which to take the exam. The USMLE exam would be administered within that period. That being said, the eligibility period cannot fall in the first week of January and on major holidays, even though the USMLE exam is available round the year. Once the USMLE applicant selects an eligibility period as per the Step (or Step component) they are appearing in, they will be issued scheduling permit along with an eligibility period. The candidate can use the scheduling permit to schedule the test through the relevant website.
Go through the rest of the article to check USMLE 2020 exam dates for step 1, step 2 (CS & CK) and step 3.
USMLE Eligibility Period 2020
Each step of the USMLE 2020 will have its own eligibility period, which will be issued at the time of registration along with a scheduling permit. The candidate after registration will be able to schedule an exam date (provided there are test dates available) using the permit. Each eligibility period will have a number of slots, but all slots may not be available as some of them may fill up.
Check the table below for USMLE eligibility periods for Step 1, Step 2(CK and CS) and Step 3:
USMLE Exam Dates 2020 - Eligibility Period
Eligibility period and scheduling test date
Step 1 and Step 2 CK
Step 2 CS
USMLE Application Process and Fees
How to apply
$965 - Examination Fee + International Test Delivery Surcharge, if testing outside the United States and Canada
Apply through ECFMG on IWA (Interactive Web Applications)
Step 2 CK
Step 2 CK$965 - Examination Fee + International Test Delivery Surcharge, if testing outside the United States and Canada
Apply through ECFMG on IWA
Step 2 CS
$1,600 - Examination Fee
Apply through ECFMG on IWA
Apply through FSMB.
Score Reporting Schedule - Step 2 CS
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
*Step 2 CS exam is not administered from March 22 to March 30.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - USMLE Exam Dates 2020
Question: When will various steps of the USMLE 2020 exam be conducted?
USMLE doesn’t release any specific exam dates as such, rather the candidate has to schedule the exam date for the Step after registration and receipt of eligibility period.
Question: Is the USMLE exam conducted throughout the year?
The exam is administered round the year, but eligibility period cannot fall in the first week of January and on major holidays. `
Question: How does a candidate schedule a test date?
Upon registration, scheduling permit and eligibility period will be issued. The applicant can use the permit to schedule a test date.
Question: How are USMLE 2020 exam dates slotted?
Exam dates are slotted as per the eligibility period issued at the time of registration.
Questions related to USMLE
Do the rank of college matter in matchmaking process of usmle?
While matching your programme to Medical Schools or Hospitals, USMLE scores do matter. The factors that are considered for Matching are:
- High USMLE scores
- Board scores of other residents in the programme vs the no.of attempts
- Any Clinical experience in the US
- If the programme you are applying for is open to IMG Candidates
- How many years out of medical school are you
- Strong letters of recommendation
- Languages that you speak
And to get place in a good hospital, these are the factors that you need to look into. And ofcourse the rank of the college matters but your placement or matching to that college depends on the above mentioned factors.
Applied to enough IMG friendly hospitals
I am in second year of MBBS . i am not sure if I want to pursue further career in india or abroad. also , I need a bit briefing about usmle .
If you are planning to settle abroad do PG in abroad and make sure that MCI has approved it. The medical council of India has approved PG courses only from these 5 countries- USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
I can get from your question that you are willing to write the US Medical License Exam (USMLE). Since you are an international applicant you need to score higher than the average marks scored by the US applicants.
All the best.
iv completed my mbbs in march 2020. now im planning to do internal medicine in US in 2022. id like to know a timeline regarding the same
Thank you for your query. If you want to study in USA you need to first get through IELTS with a score of atleat 7-8 in academic overall. Then you have to pass the medical exam in USA which is required to being qualified to get for a course on Internal medicine.
All the best
I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.