USMLE® STEP 2 CS PREP - COURSES

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During this exam, you’ll encounter 12 standardized patients to test your ability to be patient-centered, properly communicate with patients, and to document encounter with patient note. You’ll be expected to communicate with the test patients in a professional, empathetic, and responsive way; answer their questions; and complete a patient note. For international medical graduates, it is especially important to demonstrate good bedside manner and communicate fluently in English throughout the exam.

According to the USMLE, most students take Step 2 CS in their fourth year. One of the unique aspects of Step 2 CS is that it’s the only portion of the USMLE not taken on a computer. Peak season for the USMLE Step 2 CS is between September and December. You may want to register and schedule early for Step 2 CS to make sure you get an opening when and where you want to take it.

The USMLE Step 2 CS is taken at Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers in five locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

The USMLE Step 2 CS is a pass/fail exam.

The USMLE Step 2 CS is an 8-hour exam that includes 12 individual patient encounters.