The USMLE is a very challenging test, but registering for it shouldn’t be. Here is all that you need to know about registering for the USMLE and eligibility.
To be eligible to take the Step 1, you must be in one of the following categories at the time of application and on test day:
- A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a U.S. or Canadian medical school program leading to the M.D. degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
- A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a U.S. medical school program leading to the D.O. degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
- A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the United States and Canada and eligible for examination by the ECFMG for its certificate
When applying for Step 1, you must select a three-month period during which you would like to take the test. A Scheduling Permit with instructions for making an appointment at a Prometric test center will be sent to you after your registration is processed. The Scheduling Permit specifies the three-month eligibility period during which you must complete the examination.
Step 1 is administered in the United States and Canada and in more than 50 other countries by Prometric. You can schedule test dates at www.prometric.com. Use the Prometric Test Center Locator for up-to-date information on the locations of Prometric test centers.
Students and graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association may register for the Step 1 through:
Examinee Support Services
3750 Market Street
Telephone: (215) 590-9500
Fax: (215) 590-9457
You may use one application to apply for Step 1 and both components of Step 2 at the same time.
Students and graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada may register for the USMLE through:
3624 Market St.
Telephone: (215) 386-5900
Fax: (215) 386-9196
Examinees with Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations will be made for USMLE examinees with disabilities who are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you wish to apply for test accommodations, you must send your official request and documentation at the same time that you apply for the exam. See the USMLE website for more information.