About the USMLE Step 2 CS

During the Step 2 CS exam, candidates have to demonstrate their clinical skills and readiness for clinical practice in the United States. The exam consists of 12 clinical interactions with standardized patients and is pass/fail.

Frequently asked questions

What is on the USMLE Step 2 CS?
During this exam, you’ll encounter 12 standardized patients to test your ability to be patient-centered, properly communicate with patients, and to document encounter with patient note. You’ll be expected to communicate with the test patients in a professional, empathetic, and responsive way; answer their questions; and complete a patient note. For international medical graduates, it is especially important to demonstrate good bedside manner and communicate fluently in English throughout the exam.
When should I take the USMLE Step 2 CS?
According to the USMLE, most students take Step 2 CS in their fourth year. One of the unique aspects of Step 2 CS is that it’s the only portion of the USMLE not taken on a computer. Peak season for the USMLE Step 2 CS is between September and December. You may want to register and schedule early for Step 2 CS to make sure you get an opening when and where you want to take it.
Where will I take the USMLE Step 2 CS?
The USMLE Step 2 CS is taken at Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers in five locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
How is the USMLE Step 2 CS scored?
The USMLE Step 2 CS is a pass/fail exam.
How long is the USMLE Step 2 CS?
The USMLE Step 2 CS is an 8-hour exam that includes 12 individual patient encounters.
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