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
I want to practice medicine in the USA after completing an MD in India. When do I start preparation for USMLE as it comprises of 3 steps?
The exam is conducted in three steps. The Step 1 is meant to assess the understanding of students in applying the important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. it mainly emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. It is a one day examination which is conducted in 8 hours. The practise materials and sample tests are available in the official website. Candidates are advised to go through the instructions and test papers before the test. The official site is
Please go through it to understand the exam patterns.
Step 2 is for testing the clinical skills of candidates. This include a bility of examinees to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science for the providing proper patient care under supervision, and emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
Step 3 emphasis on patient management in ambulatory settings. It is the final examination in the USMLE sequence leading to a license to practice medicine without supervision. It is comparatively easy than other two. I suggest you to prepare yourself for the exam along with your studies rather than preparing after completion of course. Use the academic environment to enhance your knowledge and also your skills. You should know the basics and should focus on enhancement of your skills. Use the official website for further details.
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Which are the countries where usmle scores are valid for pg admission 2020 other than Usa
United states medical licensing examination (usmle) is a three step examination for medical licensing . it is a world recognized examination accepted by different countries.Its purpose is to check the physician ability to apply concepts and knowledge they have gained in there curriculum to real world. It is examination for MD physician.
Counties other than usa accepting usmle -
1. NEW ZEALAND
5. DHCC (dubai)
You can read more about usmle from here
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How to find private college in UP registered and students will be allowed to appear for USMLE later on? Does it help in doing MS in US?
Well once you are done with your mbbs studies, you can go for usmle exam which ocuurs in three stages. Two levels in your own country and then for the third level exam you need to travel US. In US the degree mbbs or ms is not there. There is just MD which is a four year program after undergraduate studies. And once you are done with that you look for residency where you further select your specialisation.
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can i give usmle by doing my ug mbbs in india ??
The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Yes you can give usmle by doing ug mbbs in india and then apply for residency in united states. Each year many indian medical graduates get selected in us residency programs.
Step 1 is a one-day test, usually taken at the end of the second year of medical school (https://www.princetonreview.com/med-school) . It emphasizes knowledge of basic sciences, including anatomy, biochemistry, behavioral sciences, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Topics such as nutrition, genetics and aging are also covered. All questions are multiple-choice.
Step 2 is a two-day test, usually taken in the fourth year of med school. It has two components. The first (called Clinical Knowledge, or CK), requires you to answer multiple–choice questions on clinical sciences like surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. The second (called Clinical Skills, or CS) requires you to examine and diagnose actors posing as patients. For the Step 2 CS, students must travel to one of five testing centers around the country.
Step 3 is a two-day test, usually taken after the first year of residency. This is the final assessment of whether or not you're prepared to practice general medicine in an unsupervised setting. Like Step 2, Step 3 focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients. It includes both multiple choice questions and computer simulations of patient care.
shouls we leave for us before completing 5 years of mbbs
I think the aim of yours was mbbs only in the previous times but due to some problem you are thinking for leaving it before completing the full degree.See you have done so much hard work for coming on this platform.
If you have genuine problem and if you have planned for something better than it then you can leave it.But try to complete it.If you have some financial problem then you can apply for study loan otherwise i think you know better what your problem is. Don't Worry!!
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