USMLE Step 2
USMLE Step 2 - The second step or Step 2 of USMLE 2020 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.
The USMLE 2020 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 2020
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 2020 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 2020
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 2020 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 2020
Depending on whether the candidate is appearing in USMLE Step 2 2020 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 2020 - 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 2020
The applicant by consulting the exam pattern of USMLE 2020 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 2020
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 2020 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 2020
The result of USMLE Step 2 2020 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 2020 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 2020
The USMLE result 2020 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 2020?
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 2020 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 2020 Step 2 result?
NBME will declare USMLE 2020 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
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.