About the USMLE® Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS

About the USMLE® Step 1

Step 1 is the first component of the three-series examination for medical students and graduates seeking to practice medicine in the United States. The Step 1 exam is structured to assess basic science knowledge with a strong emphasis on the application of basic science principles in the practice of clinical medicine. 1 Step 1 is usually taken after completion of preclinical studies.

The one-day exam is computer-based and scheduled by appointment through Prometric testing centers.

  • The 8-hour testing session is divided into 7 one-hour blocks for a total of seven hours of testing time and a one-hour break.
  • The number of questions per block on a given examination form will vary, but will not exceed 40. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 280.
  • Questions within a block are presented in a random order, not grouped by subjects. By design the exam structure forces you to switch from one thought to another—much like a practicing doctor.
  • The minimum passing score for USMLE® Step 1 is 192.

About the USMLE® Step 2 CK

The USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) exam tests your understanding of clinical knowledge and the basic patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for the practice of medicine.1

The one-day exam is computer-based and scheduled by appointment through Prometric testing centers.

  • The 9-hour testing session is divided into 8 one-hour blocks, for a total of eight hours of testing time and a one-hour break.
  • The number of items in a block will be displayed at the beginning of each block. This number will vary among blocks, but will not exceed 40 items. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 318 items.
  • The minimum passing score for USMLE® Step 2 CK is 209.

1http://www.usmle.org

About the USMLE® Step 2 CS

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.

1http://www.usmle.org
2http://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#reporting

How Becker Helped Me Succeed

“Reviewing for the USMLE Step 1 is a cumbersome task. Let alone with all the commercial packages now available on the market, it can be incredibly daunting. I wanted a program that was able to provide me with a full glimpse of exam material and interrelated topics, just as the USMLE has historically been know to be.  Becker was my solution! From their concept reviews, interrelations, and dynamic instructors.” 

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