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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 four 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 complete AICM or ICM requirement.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must be in good financial standing.

Passing Scores

  • Passing scores are based on the USMLE equivalency tables provided on the score report from NBME.
  • A higher passing score is required for the third and fourth time a student applies for the USMLE. It IS NOT based on the number of NBME attempts.
    • First and Second STEP 1 Application: ≥192 USMLE Step 1 equivalent
      • This is currently a 67 on the NBME CBSE; however this is subject to change without notice based on tables provided by NBME. SJSM does not accept scores within the standard error of measurement.
    • Third and Fourth STEP 1 Application: ≥207 USMLE Step 1 equivalent
      • This is currently a 73 on the NBME CBSE; however this is subject to change without notice based on tables provided by NBME. SJSM does not accept scores within the standard error of measurement.
  • Students must send in Form 186 or complete online application through ECFMG for the USMLE Step 1 within 30 days of receiving a passing score. After 30 days the score is no longer valid and the student must retest.

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

  • 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 currently a 74on the NBME CCSE; however this is subject to change without notice based on tables provided by NBME. SJSM does not accept scores within the standard error of measurement.
  • Students must send in Form 186 or complete online application through ECFMG for the USMLE Step 1 within 30 days of receiving a passing score. After 30 days the score is no longer valid and the student must retest.

 Scheduling Either NBME Exam is a Multistep Process

  1. Registration with SJSM
  • Testing windows open every two weeks and are two weeks in duration.
  • Can select the two week period on the sign up form.
  • Registration deadlines are provided on sign up form and are typically five to six weeks prior to the testing period.
  • Will be notified by email within 3-5 business days if registration is approved or denied.
  • Once approved, cannot cancel registration after the deadline has passed.
  • Student will be locked into the testing period they chose; it cannot be changed or extended for any reason.
  1. Schedule a Testing Appointment with Prometric
  • Scheduling permit is sent to the student from NBME 3-5 business days after the registration deadline.
  • Student can schedule the testing appointment via Prometric’s website once permit is received.
  • Appointment at Prometric centers may be limited and should be scheduled as soon as the permit is received.

Fees

  • $150 NBME Exam Fee will be charged for every attempt of each exam.
  • Fee will not be removed for exams that are missed or canceled 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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