USMLE Test Centres 2018
Updated on May 14, 2018 - 5:43 p.m. IST by Shivani Bhatt

USMLE Test Centres 2018 - Prometric is the testing agency which conducts the USMLE exam across various USMLE 2018 test centres in the USA as well as the world. The USMLE test centres for Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) can be chosen in the country of residence of the candidate. International aspirants can, thus, choose the USMLE 2018 test centre in their home country.  For USMLE Step 2 CS and USMLE Step 3, there are no international centres. These steps can only be taken in USA. International aspirants are required to travel to the US to take the tests. This article gives the aspirants a complete information on USMLE test centres 2018.


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How to select USMLE 2018 test centres in your country?

Once a candidate is registered for the examination, he/she can then visit the Prometric website to select a testing date and location to take the test.


Steps to select your USMLE test centres 2018:

  • The Prometric conducts a variety of test like USMLE, GRE, TOEFL etc. Candidates have to select the test sponsor, “USMLE” and click search.

  • The next page asks the candidates to select one of the USMLE Steps i.e. or USMLE practice exam.

  • As the candidate selects the exam, s/he is taken to the next page where they can select the country and state.

  • The candidate needs to select from a list of countries where the exam is conducted if USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 is selected.

  • Selecting Step 3 only displays the USA and its territories, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • The next page displays the following options:

  1. Scheduling permit: Before locating the USMLE test centre in your country and scheduling a testing appointment, you need to get a scheduling permit from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Candidates can get a scheduling permit when applying for USMLE.

  2. Appointment Scheduling: After receiving a scheduling permit from ECFMG, international students can schedule their testing appointment online with Prometric. Applicants have to provide an email address and phone number in order to schedule their test.

  3. Locate a test centre: After the candidates have scheduled an appointment, they can locate the most convenient USMLE 2018 test centre. They are required to enter their address or name of the city to get a list of USMLE test centres within a distance of 400 miles.

  4. Confirming seat availability:  After the candidates have located their USMLE 2018 test centre, they have to confirm whether the test centre has availability for the testing date. Candidates should keep in mind that their USMLE 2018 testing date should be within the selected eligibility period i.e. 3 months or 12 months.

  5. Selecting the USMLE testing date: Once you are sure that USMLE test centres 2018 are available on your required testing date, you can select that testing date.

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USMLE 2018 test centres for Step 2 CS

The USMLE 2018 Step 2 CS can only be taken in the US. Prometric has 6 USMLE Step 2 CS test centres arranged. The USMLE 2018 Step 2 CS test centres are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The test centres are also subject to availability. International students are advised to select any of these USMLE test centres 2018 at these locations through ECFMG. 


USMLE 2018 Test Centres for Step 3 CS

The USMLE 2018 Step 3, like USMLE Step 2 CS, can be only taken in the USA, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. USMLE Step 3 aspirants are required to select the USMLE 2018 Step 3 test centre through Prometric similar to the steps done in USMLE Step 1 and Step 2.


The United States Medical Licensing Examination or USMLE is a test taken by candidates who want to practice medicine in the USA. The test provides the licensure t practice medicine in the US. Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE. International aspirants are required can apply for USMLE through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). ECFMG evaluates foreign medical students aspiring to enter into a medical residency programme in the USA.

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I am studying MBBS in China in Guangxi University Of Chinese medicine .This is my 3rd year .I am from India .I want to give USMLE and rest of the exams like MCI .How to apply what should I do now ..I need some suggestions

Animesh Vats Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020


Well I would like to tell you that after MBBS you can give USMLE exam in order to qualify for residency program in USA and for India you will have to give fmge qualifying exam and then you can practice medicine here. Either way the path is going to be difficult cause both the exams are difficult and USMLE happens in three levels.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


I have completed my MBBS in China in Xiamen university in 2011. In 2013 I got married. In 2014 I cleared fmge and did internship in osmania hospital. After that I went to Qatar with my husband for 2 years. I got degree on Sept 2017. Next month Im flying to US withm eligible for applying usmle

Animesh Vats Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020


Well I would like to tell you that after MBBS program ends a doctor can apply for USMLE exam . In USA once you are done with your studies, you are required to give USMLE exam which is organised in three levels and once you qualify all the three levels then you are allowed to get into residency program but finding one is really difficult. USMLE can not guarantee you residency rather it will only help you in allowing you to go search for residency in US hospitals. Same goes for international students as well but the level of difficulty is a lot and getting residency is the most difficult thing to do.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


what is the process of usmle for pg course! l want all information regarding usmle please

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020

You can appear for USMLE or United States Medical Licensing Examination in order to do medical pg courses from USA. It's same as All India PG Entrance exam where you study up all your MBBS Subjects and write the exam. USMLE is a three step process where you have to score a very high percentage. Based on your marks you will be given a stream to get your MD in. USMLE 1 and 2 can be given in India after getting an appointment but for Step 3 you have to go USA and sit for interview. You can check the detailed eligibility criteria here-


Why GATEIIT considered as the best Coaching centre for USMLE Licence exam preparation in India? How to join GATEIIT?

saad ali 29th Jan, 2020


GATEIIT is best in this domain for USMLE license preparation.

Well it is good because of the following reasons:

1) They are quite experienced in this field

2)Test series provided is very much similar to USMLE exam.

3) You are provided with several mock tests to give a brief idea about the exam.

To get admission in GATEIIT,you just have to pass 10+2 level of education.

Hope it helps!!


I am from India and I complete my MBBS degree from china but not clearing my FMGE exam..Can I eligible for USMLE EXAM?

Srijika Bhattacharyya 30th Jan, 2020
The USMLE exam has three steps- step 1, step 2cs and step 2ck.
The main eligibility criteria for USMLE is that you must have completed (in case of step 2) or must be pursuing(in case of step 1) mbbs in a medical college listed in the World directory of Medical colleges. If your college is listed in this directory you are eligible for the USMLE exam.
You can refer to this link for more details.
Hope this helps.

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