Student Affairs

USMLE Step Tests

To learn more about the services, programs, and resources available to help you prepare for these exams, visit our Student Development Office.

USMLE Step 1

Students are required to take the USMLE Step 1 prior to the first day of the Transition to Clerkship Block in Year 3. See Section 3B: Timing of USMLE Examinations in the policy for more information.

USMLE Step 2 (CK & CS)

You must take and pass Step 2 CK and take Step 2 CS in order to graduate. See Section 3 F: Timing of Step 2 Exams in the policy for more information.

USMLE Step 2 CK

The COM – Tucson deadline for taking the Step 2 CK exam established by the Tucson Educational Policy Committee is Year 4, November 30.

However, students are strongly encouraged to take Step 2 CK early and in time for the NBME to release your score to ERAS on September 15, when residency programs begin downloading applications. At the very latest, make sure your score is available by October 1, when the MSPE is released. This is when Residency programs may begin to review applications. An increasing number of residency programs are using Step 2 CK in addition to Step 1 when deciding whom to invite for interviews. Step scores are usually available 3-4 weeks after taking the exam, but it may take longer (up to 6 weeks) during peak exam periods (e.g., July).

USMLE Step 2 CS

The COM – Tucson deadline for taking the Step 2 CS exam established by the Tucson Educational Policy Committee is Year 4, December 31.

However, students are strongly encouraged to take Step 2 CS before November 5. An increasing number of residency programs want assurance that students have passed Step 2 CS before rank lists are made in February. For more information, see Planning for Step 2 CS on the NBME website. Additionally, consider signing up for email notifications from the NBME to learn when preferred testing dates/sites become available.

To learn the dates when your score will be reported, consult the NBME Score Reporting Schedule – Step 2 CS. For example, in 2016, the USMLE Step 2 CS webpage indicated that students who took the exam between September 11 and November 5 would have their scores reported between December 14, 2016 and January 11, 2017. This (or taking it earlier, of course) will give a nice buffer before programs finalize their rank lists.

You may register up to 6 months in advance of the exam date. Early sign-up is recommended to get the date/location you prefer. Sites fill-up fast. The exam is only administered in the following five (5) states:

  1. Los Angeles, California
  2. Houston, Texas
  3. Atlanta, Georgia
  4. Chicago, Illinois
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Exam Resources

USMLE Step 2 CS Practice Materials