USMLE Step 2 CS
The USMLE is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. Step 2 of the USMLE has two separately administered components, the Clinical Knowledge (CK) component and the Clinical Skills (CS) component. The Step 2 CS exam is administered by CSEC at all six of its test centers in the United States.
Important Note for Examinees: You will not be able to obtain information in addition to that listed below by contacting CSEC. CSEC customer service is for representatives of academic medical institutions and cannot answer your questions about the exam or the exam registration and scheduling processes. For assistance with other issues, contact the entity that registered you for the examination.
USMLE Step 2 CS is administered at all CSEC test centers.
Scheduling a Step 2 CS Testing Appointment
Examinees cannot schedule or reschedule at this website. See the Examinee Quick Links box for the appropriate links to scheduling. Examinees may schedule a Step 2 CS testing appointment at any of CSEC’s six centers, based on availability. Examinees who are registered with the appropriate registration entity for Step 2 CS can use the Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling system, available at the website of their registration entity (listed below), to check available test dates at all centers. This calendar is updated continuously to reflect applicant scheduling, rescheduling, and the opening of additional test dates, based on demand.
- Students and graduates of LCME-or AOA-accredited medical programs in the United States or Canada: access Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling (via NBME)
- Students and graduates of medical schools located outside the United States and Canada: access Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling (via ECFMG)
What to bring (and what not to bring) to the test center
On the day of your examination you must bring:
- The scheduling permit you received when your registration was completed
- Your confirmation notice
- An unexpired, government-issued form of identification that includes a photograph and signature (i.e current driver’s license or passport)
- Lab coat and stethoscope (not required, but strongly recommended, as there will be a limited supply available at the test center)
- Only necessary personal items. You may not possess pens, cellular telephones, watches of any type, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), two-way communication devices, or notes or study materials of any kind at any time during the examination, including during breaks. These items must be stored during the examination.
- All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for visual inspection by the test center administrators. These inspections will be brief and will be performed during the check-in process
- Jewelry, except for wedding and engagement rings, is prohibited
- Hair accessories are subject to inspection. Examinees should not wear ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories. Examinees wearing any of these items on the test day may be asked to store such items in their locker.
For detailed information on what to bring, arrival times, and procedures upon arrival and throughout the testing day, examinees should refer to the Step 2 CS information on the USMLE website and read the USMLE Bulletin of Information, also available on the USMLE website.
Notice of Testing Interruptions
Examinees should monitor the News page of this website as their testing appointment approaches. In the unlikely event that there is a change in your scheduled examination, notice will be published as soon as possible.