USMLE Step 1 Prequalification Requirement

Students who are ready to take the USMLE Step 1 must pass a prequalification exam prior to each USMLE Step 1 application (via ECFMG) approved by the school. The NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Exam (CBSE) is the only exam accepted for this requirement.

There is NO LIMIT to the number of times the NBME CBSE can be taken. However, the school will only approve up to three USMLE Step 1 applications, regardless of whether or not the student sits for the exam.

Click here for Step 1 Eligibility Flow Chart.

Eligibility

  • Must successfully complete AICM or BSRC.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must be in good financial standing.

Passing Scores

  • UPDATED: Effective for anyone who tests 6/1/2020 or later.
  • Scores are sent to students three (3) days after the exam.
  • Passing scores are based on the USMLE equivalency tables provided on the score report from NBME.
    • STEP 1 Application: ≥195 USMLE Step 1 equivalent
      • This is subject to change without notice based on tables provided by NBME. SJSM does not accept scores within the standard error of measurement.
  • SJSM must receive the online application through ECFMG for the USMLE Step 1 within the allotted time frame below:
    • FIRST TIME APPLICANTS: 45 days after receipt of passing score
      NOTE: Additional time is provided to allow ECFMG time to process the Form 186 which is no longer verified by the school.
    • ALL OTHER APPLICANTS: 30 days after receipt of passing score
  • For more information visit: https://www.sjsm.org/clinical/usmle/

USMLE Step 2 CK Prequalification Requirement

Students who are ready to take the USMLE Step 2CK must pass a prequalification exam prior to each USMLE Step 2CK application (via ECFMG) approved by the school.  The NBME Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam (CCSE) is the only exam accepted for this requirement.

Eligibility

  • Must complete ALL 6 core rotations before taking the prequalification exam.
    • Can select a testing window that ENDS up to 30 days prior to the last day of the last core rotation.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must be in good financial standing.

Passing Scores

  • Scores are sent to students three (3) days after the exam.
  • Passing scores are based on the USMLE equivalency tables provided on the score report from NBME.
  • For all certifications, must score ≥209 USMLE Step 2 CK equivalent.
    • This is subject to change without notice based on tables provided by NBME. SJSM does not accept scores within the standard error of measurement.
  • SJSM must receive the online application through ECFMG for the USMLE Step 2CK within 30 days of receipt of passing NBME score.
  • For more information visit: https://www.sjsm.org/clinical/usmle/

 Scheduling Either NBME Exam is a Multistep Process

  1. Registration with SJSM
  • Testing windows open every week and are one day in duration.
  • Can select the one day window on the sign up form.
  • Basic Science NBME Registrations must register under their appropriate campus. Wrong campus submissions are automatically denied/removed.
  • Registration deadlines are provided on sign up form and are typically two weeks prior to the testing period.
  • Will be notified by email after the deadline if approved or denied.
  • Your submission will be confirmed in Survey Monkey after your submission is complete. You will not receive an email confirmation until two weeks prior to your exam date. Please refrain from emailing Exam Support  to inquire about exam approval before then.
  • Student will be locked into the testing period they choose! Once the deadline has passed it cannot be changed or extended for any reason!
  • Student can only sign up for NBME once every 30 days.
  • If multiple submissions have been made, the earliest date will be processed and all others automatically denied. Please only sign up for one day and be sure of your selection as changes cannot and will not be made.
  • Students will need to use their own devices for exam registration. If the same device is used the submission will not be accepted.
  • Cannot cancel registration after the deadline has passed!
  • If you need to cancel an exam before the deadline you will need to email examsupport@mail.sjsm.org indicating the name and date of the exam to be cancelled. This must be done before scheduling a new exam date.
  1. Preparing for Exam
  • Exams will be remotely proctored using Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • For Instructions and Requirements to make sure your computer  is compatible and ready for exams please see NBME Examinee Instructions

Fees

  • $250 NBME Exam Fee will be charged for every attempt of each exam.
  • Fee will not be removed for exams after the sign up deadline.

For additional information about the NBME exams please see NBME FAQs.

SJSM now offers Kaplan Online Live review courses for a discounted rate. Please visit: www.sjsm.org/kaplanreview.

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