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Is the USMLE re-takeable?

I can't get a straight answer anywhere

Is it like the SAT where you can take it as much as you want? Or do you have only one shot at it?

I know it has different segments, but I also know there is a test which it you fail, will not be able to graduate with an MD. I'm talking about that test, not the one they use to evaluate you during residency admission

Thank you for your responses

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  • 8 years ago
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    Short answer:

    Yes. The USMLE is retakeable.

    Longer answer: What you have to do to retake it depends on which step of the USMLE you are talking about. There are several steps that are taken at various points during your medical school.

    I believe you're talking about Step 3 and that too is retakable. For more details see: http://www.usmle.org/bulletin/eligibility/#retakes

    Beginning January 1, 2012, there is a six attempt limit... So you can't just keep taking it until you pass it.

    I would recommend you check out questions 11 and 12 here:

    http://www.usmle.org/frequently-asked-questions/

    That's got the exact answers to your questions, straight from the source.

    Hope this helps, and good luck!

    Source(s): USMLE.org
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  • Emily
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Your ability to graduate from Med School isn't based on your USMLE scores. Your ability to get accepted to Residency and get a Medical License is. In that way it's kind of like the SAT - you can graduate from High School without taking it, but you can't start college without it.

    You can retake any segment of the USMLE, but if you don't get a passing score in the recommended time-frame, it will set back your training. For example, you have to have your Step 2 scores before a certain date to be entered into the Match - if you don't pass by that date, you have to wait a year to Match to a Residency program.

    Keep in mind that each time you take a step of the USMLE, it costs several hundred dollars.

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    6 years ago

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