USMLE Step 2
USMLE Step 2 - The second step or Step 2 of USMLE 2021 is made up of two components - Step 1 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS). USMLE Step 2 CK evaluates the applicant’s ability to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science crucial for patient care, while USMLE Step 2 CS tests the applicant's ability to gather information from patients and perform physical examinations using various tools. USMLE Step 2 CK is a one-day test conducted in CBT mode and comprises around 318 multiple-choice questions; the Step component is administered at Prometric test centers around the world. USMLE Step 2 CS is also a one-day test but is conducted in offline mode; also the test is administered only in the US. USMLE Step 2 application form has to be filled through the right channel based on the Step component. Go through the rest of the article to learn about USMLE Step 2 eligibility criteria, application process, exam scheduling and result.
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The USMLE 2021 is a three-step exam co-sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Candidates who complete the 3 Steps and Step components are eligible to practice medicine in the United States.
USMLE Steps and Step components:
Step 2, which has two components: Clinical Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK)
USMLE Step 2 Dates 2021
If you want to take any of the USMLE Step 2 components - Step 2 CK or Step 2 CS - you have to first get an eligibility period, which is issued after successful registration for the Step component. For USMLE Step 2 CK, the eligibility period is 3 months, whereas the eligibility period for USMLE Step 2 CS is 12 months. Along with the eligibility periods, the candidate will also be issued a scheduling permit for scheduling a test date from available USMLE 2021 exam dates.
USMLE Step 2 CK & CS Eligibility Period
Eligibility period and scheduling test date
Step 2 CK
Step 2 CS
USMLE Step 2 Eligibility Criteria 2021
Step 2 of the three-step USMLE exam consists of two components - Clinical Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK). The basic eligibility criteria of USMLE 2021 for both the step components are the same as described below.
USMLE Step 2 Eligibility Criteria
Steps 2 CS and CS
The applicant has to be admitted to, or is a graduate of, a medical school which is:
The candidate in addition must meet any other relevant ECFMG criteria.
USMLE Step 2 Application Form 2021
Depending on whether the candidate is appearing in USMLE Step 2 2021 CS or Step 2 CK, the candidate has to fill the relevant application form online after ascertaining their eligibility. USMLE application forms both the Step components will be accepted through the ECFMG on Interactive Web Applications (IWA).
USMLE Step 2 2021 - Application Process and Fees
How to apply
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
USMLE Step 2 Exam Pattern 2021
The applicant by consulting the exam pattern of USMLE 2021 Step 2 will get insights into the exam like duration, types of questions asked, mode of exam, etc. The USMLE Step 2 exam pattern will help the candidate prepare for the Step and Step components in an informed manner and as per exam requirements.
USMLE Step 2 Exam Pattern
Step component and purpose
Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)
Tests the candidate’s ability to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease Prevention
Around 318 multiple choice questions, divided into eight 60-minute blocks
Computer-based test administered at Prometric test centers.
Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)
The test is designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to obtain information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues by using standardized patients.
12 patient cases: 15 minutes allotted for each patient encounter plus 10 minutes to record each patient
Administered in the US at six test centers: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia (2)
Made of three subcomponents:
Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), and Spoken English Proficiency (SEP).
USMLE Step 2 Exam Centres 2021
USMLE Step 2 CK is administered across the world at Prometric test centers across the world. To select an exam centre for Step 2 CK, the applicant has to register for the step and obtain an eligibility period and scheduling permit. Using the permit, USMLE Step 2 CK exam centre can be booked.
The Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination is administered only in the US; so the applicant has to travel to the States to take the exam. Here is the list of six testing centres where the exam is conducted:
Philadelphia (has two centres).
USMLE 2021 Step 2 CK - Test Centres and Surcharge
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
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela
Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
(For centers in Israel, select Europe testing region.)
USMLE Step 2 Result 2021
The result of USMLE Step 2 2021 CK and CS will be declared by NBME, who will also issue USMLE Step 2 score cards. Once the result is ready, ECFMG will send an e-mail notification to international applicants notifying them that their Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS score reports are available.
The USMLE 2021 Step 2 CS and CK score reports will be available online and can be checked through ECFMG's OASIS (On-line Applicant Status and Information System); no paper scores will be sent separately to the candidate.
The result for Steps 2 CK and Step 3 is available within three to four weeks, give or take a few exceptions. Please note that USMLE Step 2 score will be available only for CK component, as result for CS component will simply be notified as pass or fail.
USMLE Step 2 Cutoff Scores 2021
The USMLE result 2021 for Steps 2 CK will be reported on a 3-digit scale, just like Steps 1 and 3 of the three-step USMLE exam. To qualify in USMLE 2020 Step 2 CK, the cutoff score is 209.
USMLE 2020 cut-off scores for Step 2 CK, Step 1 and Step 3
Step 2 CK
The second component of USMLE Step 2 is Clinical Skills (CS), also known as USMLE Step 2 CS. The result of USMLE 2 CS is not reported on a 3-digit scale, but rather simply as pass or fail.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - USMLE Step 2
Question: What is USMLE Step 2 2021?
USMLE Step 2 is second step of 3-step USMLE exam and has two components - Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) that are administered separately. CK component is CBT and CS offline-based exam.
Question: Who can take USMLE Step 2?
Students who have enrolled in, or passed graduate exam from, a medical school which is located outside the US and Canada, and which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements, and meet all ECFMG requirements can take USMLE Step 1.
Question: When should I take the USMLE Step 2?
The USMLE Step 2 components have to be taken within the eligibility periods that are issued at time of registration. Step 2 CK has a 3-month eligibility period, while eligibility period for Step 2 CS is issued for 12 months.
Question: In what mode is USMLE Step 2 conducted?
The USMLE 2021 Step 2 will be conducted in computer-based mode at Prometric centres across the world. However, Step 2 CS is available only in US centres and is conducted offline.
Question: Which step comes first - USMLE Step 2 CK or USMLE Step 2 CS?
The USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CS and Step CK can be taken in any sequence. So there is no particular order for taking the Step components.
Question: What is USMLE Step 2 eligibility period?
When registering for the exam, the applicant has to apply for an eligibility period. Once an eligibility period is issued, the candidate can schedule the exam.
Question: Who will declare USMLE 2021 Step 2 result?
NBME will declare USMLE 2021 Steps 2 CS and CK. While USMLE Step 2 score cards will be available for CK component, result for CS component would be declared simply a PASS/FAIL.
Questions related to USMLE
which is better after mbbs , Neet pg or usmle ??
Candidates need to crack NEET PG or USMLE exams To get Best PG seat after MBBS.
when it comes to compare them, there is no comparison between them as they both are same and totally the choice depends on you. If you want to complete your medical practice in India then go for NEET PG exam . But if you want to practice in the USA ,then you should go for USMLE. After USMLE without any licensing exams, you can work in many countries including India without any licensing exams.
Hope This information will help you,
which is better way to go usmle , plab, AMC or neet pg ??
Let us see the details about each of the above exams.
USMLE : United States Medical Licensing Exam
It is an international exam which helps one to practice as a medical expert in USA. It is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the U.S. It assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.
PATTERN OF USMLE: It comprises of 3 levels of exams. It comprises of both assessment of clinical knowledge and clinical skills.
You can further check out the details at the following link:
PLAB ( Professional and Linguistic assessments board )
The PLAB test is for doctors who have qualified overseas and wish to practice medicine in the UK under limited registration. The test assesses your ability, as a doctor, to work safely as a senior house officer (SHO) in a UK NHS hospital.
PATTERN OF PLAB : It consist of 2 parts
- Part 1 : Following a review, the number of questions contained in the PLAB Part 1 exam (UK and overseas) is being reduced from 200 single best answer questions to 180. This will be effective from the June 2018 PLAB Part 1 exam onwards.
- Part 2 comprises 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes
NEET PG :
It is a qualifying and ranking examination in India, for students who wish to study various postgraduate Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery and diploma courses, in government or private medical colleges in the country.
PATTERN OF NEET PG : The exam will be held in online mode in the English language only. The test paper will comprise a total of 200 multiple choice questions of 800 marks .
You can further check information on NEET PG exam at the following link:
There is no better way to give exam . Each of the mentioned exam provides different things. So depending upon your needs and desires you should give the exams.
HOPE THIS HELPS
ALL THE BEST
If we crack neet in india but I have to give USMLE EXAM so how can I give USMLE EXAM if I am doing mbbs in india.
Indian medical students can give USMLE step 1after second year of MBBS
For registering yourself in USMLE, you have to create account on ECFMG and fill form for USMLE.
And proceed with the application then wait for your schedule.
Once you clear level 1 and level 2, you have to go to US for clinical exposure.
I hope it helps
can we give USMLE EXAM directly after giving neet exam or we should wait.
USMLE is an international exam which helps one to practice as a medical expert in USA. The exam comprises of three levels out of which two levels can be cleared in your hone country but it's mandatory to go give the level 3 exam in the USA.
The eligibility to apply for level 1 and level 2 is same and that is a student needs to be enrolled in an undergraduate medical course outside of USA as well as Canada.
So as far as your question is concerned you can't sit for USMLE soon after NEET exam. First you get enrolled then you prepare for a while and then appear for the examination.
Below I have attached a link that contains detailed information about the exam and it's eligibility criteria.
Hope that helps.
All the best
can some USMLE professional give me their number I just want some information. please
I would like to inform you that nobody in USMLE or other organizations like these can provide you the private contact numbers of their employees.
The only way to contact USMLE is through their online portal, they have a separate section for the queries there, you can fill the necessary details & they will reply you back in a while.
- USMLE WEBSITE : www.usmle.org
- Or just search CONTACT THE USMLE on google.
Also there they have provided some e-mail IDs where you can contact according to your query.