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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

Registration with SJSM

  • Testing windows open every other week and are two weeks in duration.
  • Can select the window on the sign up form.
  • Registration deadlines are provided on sign up form and are typically six weeks prior to the testing period.
  • Will be notified by email within three business days of approval or denial.
  • Your submission will be confirmed after your submission is complete. Please refrain from emailing Exam Support  to inquire about exam approval before then.
  • Students will need to use their own devices for exam registration. If the same device is used the submission will not be accepted.
  • You may only sign up for one testing window at a time. Students can only have one exam permit open at any given time.

Cancelling/Rescheduling the Exam

  • If you need to cancel an exam before the sign up deadline you will need to email examsupport@mail.sjsm.org indicating the name and testing window of the exam to be cancelled.
  • If you need to cancel an exam before the lock date deadline you will need to email examsupport@mail.sjsm.org indicating the name and testing window of the exam to be cancelled, and you will be responsible for the exam fee
  • If you need to reschedule the exam before the sign up deadline you will need to register for a new testing window and in the Special Instructions section of the form indicate the testing window you wish to cancel.
  • If you do not sit for the exam you will still be responsible for the exam fee.

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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