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How To Prepare For USMLE®

Graduates of international medical schools must take and pass all steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) in order to be eligible to practice in the United States. This is an important requirement for AUC students who plan to obtain licensure to practice in the U.S.

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How Many USMLE Exams Are There?

The USMLE consists of three exams—all of which are required for medical licensure in the United States. 

U.S. medical students take the USMLE Step 1 exam at the end of their second year once they have completed medical sciences, before beginning their clinical sciences. USMLE Step 1 covers the basics of medical practice and principles.

The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) section assesses medical students’ foundational knowledge of the clinical sciences curriculum. 

USMLE Step 3 evaluates the ability to practice medicine without supervision. Most physicians take USMLE Step 3 during residency.