program has established rules to govern administration of the examinations to
ensure that no examinee or group of examinees receives unfair advantage on the
examination, inadvertently or otherwise. The rules include standard test
administration conditions consistent with the principles on which the
examinations are developed and scored. For example, examinations are designed
to sample knowledge across specified content domains, and unauthorized access
to examination content prior to testing violates that principle.
If there is a reason to believe that the integrity of the examination
process is jeopardized, the USMLE parent organizations may invalidate all
or any part of an examination. If information indicates that continued testing
would jeopardize the security of examination materials or the integrity of
scores, the USMLE parent organizations reserve the right to suspend or
cancel test administration.
Number of Attempts Allowed To Complete All Steps and Time Limits:
program recommends to medical licensing authorities that they:
Require that the dates of
passing the Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 examinations occur within a seven-year period; and
Allow no more than six attempts to pass each Step
or Step Component without demonstration of additional educational
experience acceptable to the medical licensing authority.
For purposes of medical licensure in the United States, any time limit to
complete the USMLE is established by the state medical boards. Many require
completion of the full USMLE sequence within seven years from the date the first Step
or Step Component is passed or, in some cases, from the date of the first
attempt at any Step or Step Component. While medical schools may require
students to pass one or more Steps for advancement and/or graduation, you
should understand the implications of time limits for licensure. General
information regarding state-specific requirements for licensure can be obtained
from the FSMB. For definitive information, contact the licensing authority in
the jurisdiction in which you intend to seek licensure.