USMLE Step 2

Students must sit for Step 2 by December 1 of their MS IV year. Residency programs consider Step 1 and Step 2 scores. Scores are transmitted automatically by ERAS for a fee.

When students take Step 2 depends on a number of things:

  1. Does the student strengthen their application by performing better on Step 2 than they did on Step 1?
  2. Is the specialty and/or program so competitive that it will favor those who have taken and done well on Step 2?
  3. How competitive is the student overall? Will the timing of Step 2 help or hurt the application?
  4. What are the expectations of the specialty?

Students should remember there is a three to four week turn-around time in receiving scores. If taking the exam early to bolster an application, the exam should be taken by early August. If Step 2 is taken after September 15, students can choose to have the score released to programs. If taken before that time, scores will automatically be transmitted via ERAS. For more information about or to register for the USMLE exams, visit External Icon