The USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) exam tests your interpersonal and clinical skills using standardized patients to assess your ability to gather information from patients, perform relevant physical examinations, and communicate your results to patients and colleagues.1

  • The one-day exam may be scheduled at one of the five U.S. regional Step 2 CS testing centers: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles or Philadelphia.
  • The exam consists of 12 patient encounters. You will have 15 minutes for each encounter, followed by 10 minutes to complete your patient note.
  • The three areas that examinees are graded on are the Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS) and Spoken English Proficiency (SEP).
  • Exams are graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • Grading occurs at designated times during the year. Examinees will receive a Score Report indicating his/her score (pass/fail) in each of the three areas.2
  • The candidate must pass in each of these three areas in order to obtain a Pass on the entire exam. Failure in any one of these areas will require retaking of the exam.