USMLE Step 1 Registration

Registering for Step 1 is a multi-step process that will take about two to four weeks. After the initial registration on the NBME website, the Office of Student and Academic Affairs (OSAA) verifies each student’s enrollment and good standing.

Once this is complete, you will receive an email regarding how to schedule your exam. You should complete this process as early as possible or by December 31 of your M2 year in order to maximize chances of obtaining desired testing location and date.

You MUST successfully pass your Step 1 before beginning your 3rd year clerkships.

It takes 1-2 weeks for your completed “Certification of Identification and Authorization Form” after  OSAA submits to NBME for processing and for your registration status to be updated as complete. Our office will submit completed forms to NBME electronically every Friday from October through December. As a courtesy, you are copied in that e-communication for your reference and record keeping. 

Please do not under any circumstances submit a duplicate submission via postal mail as this will indefinitely cancel out your initial submission through our office and also have the postal copy rejected. NBME is very strict with submission from each respective medical school.

Helpful Reminders

  • The official month for graduation is June. Please fill out the portion of your test application that requests “Date Medical Degree Expected/Conferred” accordingly.
  • On examination day, you must present your scheduling permit and an unexpired, government-issued form of identification that includes both your photo and signature to the examination site, (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and your name must be an exact match with the name you registered.
  • Once your score has been reported to the NBME, please retain the original USMLE Score Report. The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences cannot report these scores on your behalf and you will need them for away elective applications. If you do not save your score report, you will need to order a new one and will be assessed a fee by the NBME.


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