USMLE Application and Registration

Step 1

Information about registration for Step 1 will be sent to students via email from the UWSOM Registrar’s Office. Arrangements for registering and securing the test date and location for taking Step 1 are done online – and are each student’s responsibility. If you have any questions about the application and registration process, please contact the Student Affairs Office or the Registrar’s Office.

If you wish to request any special accommodations during the test administration, you must provide additional information required by the NBME Office that includes specific, current documentation related to the requested accommodation. If you have any questions about this, please refer to the USMLE information bulletin or contact Dr. Anne Eacker. All accommodations must be approved by the NBME Office prior to the testing date. It is very important that you start this process very early as it can take a long time for accommodations to be approved. You need to be working with your academic support staff and Dr. Eacker to make sure that all policies and procedures are in place.

The entire process of registering for your Step 1 examination will take approximately 4-6 weeks. Once you’ve completed registration on the NBME website, the UWSOM Registrar’s office will verify your status; after verification, you will be able to schedule your exact test date and site through Prometric. You must take Step 1 before starting the Patient Care Phase of the curriculum.

Instructions for Registration

  1. Read the USMLE Bulletin of Information.
  2. The USMLE certification and application, and instructions for completing them, are available http://www.nbme.org/students/licensing.html.
  3. Create a USMLE ID and password at https://apps.nbme.org/nlesweb/#/login. You’ll need this for all future NBME examinations, so please remember/record your login information.
  4. Read and follow the instructions on the NBME website thoroughly.
  5. Payment for Step 1 must be made directly to the NBME during registration by using a credit card.
  6. Print and complete (except for signature) the “Certification of Identification and Authorization Form.” Please remember to attach a photo. This form will be turned in once and it is valid for five years unless you change your name. Do not sign this form until you bring it to our office so that an authorized staff member can verify your in-person signature (details are below).  We will retain your form and mail it to the NBME office.
  7. After the NBME processes your application, the UWSOM Registrar’s office will certify your information online. Once that has been completed, your scheduling permit will be sent to you from the NBME. This confirms the three-month window in which you can schedule your exam date.
  8. To schedule your examination test location and date, visit the Prometric website (http://www.prometric.com/usmle). Please be sure you meet the specified deadline for registration for the examination.

HELPFUL REMINDERS

  • The official month for graduation is June. Please fill out the portion of your test application that requests “Date Medical Degree Expected/Conferred” accordingly, unless you’ve been approved to graduate in another quarter.
  • Attach a recent 2” X 2” passport-type photo by taping (sides and top of photo) or gluing it to the form (no staples please). Photos must be full-faced, current, and at least 2” by 2”. Photos that do not meet these standards may be returned by the NBME.
  • Please make sure you mark the “I authorize the NBME to accept my NBME on-line services password”, etc. on the bottom half of the form to accept. If you do not accept, you must complete the application form each time you apply for an exam.
  • On examination day, you must present your scheduling permit and an unexpired, government-issued form of identification that includes both your photo and signature (for example, a driver’s license or passport) to the examination site, and your name must be an exact match with the name you registered.
  • If you require test accommodations, please see the NBME website for more detailed information.
  • Once your score has been reported to the NBME, please retain the original USMLE Score Report. The UWSOM cannot officially report these scores on your behalf and you will need them for residency applications. If you do not save your score report, you will need to order a new one and will be assessed a fee by the NBME.

Step 2: Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills

To apply for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) examinations, you must go to the NBME web site  and log in. Prometric, Inc. will give the Step 2 (CK) exams via computer at their sites and you must make an appointment with Prometric once you have received your confirmation from the NBME after registering.

Instructions for Registration:

  1. Review the NBME website, particularly following sections: USMLE Bulletin of Information, Fee Schedule, Content Information for CK & CSPractice Materials, and Rescheduling Fee Information
  2. Visit https://apps.nbme.org/nlesweb/#/login to complete the application online.  
  3. If it’s been more than five years or you’ve changed your name since you took Step 1, you will also need to fill out the “Certification of Identification” form again; this is available to print when you log in to NBME and you will need to bring it to A-300 in person to complete.
  4. Although the Hooding Ceremony is earlier, the official month for graduation is June. Please fill out the portion of your test application that requests “Date Medical Degree Expected/Conferred” accordingly, unless you have been approved to graduate in a quarter other than spring.
  5. After the NBME receives your online applications, our office will verify your enrollment. The NBME will then process your application and send you a scheduling permit, which you’ll use to sign up for your test date with Prometric. It takes them a few days to process your application and send the permit, so don’t worry if this isn’t processed immediately. If you’re concerned about how long it is taking, please contact the Registrar.
  6. On your exam date, you must present your scheduling permit and an unexpired, government-issued form of identification that includes both your photo and signature (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to the examination site; your name must be an exact match with the name used during the exam registration.