United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
The UF Teaching Center is an approved Prometric site for the administration of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). We operate a Prometric Testing Center to administer Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 exams only. Thus, all examinees in the testing room with you will be taking the USMLE. (Thus, no outside distractions.) Please go to www.usmle.org for information on exam applications, fees, practice materials, and FAQs. You are strongly encouraged to read the Bulletin to familiarize yourself with acceptable ID forms, break time management, testing regulations, and more.
What Examinees Have to Say about Our Testing Center
Ninety-six percent of those tested over the last year “strongly agreed” that “the entire testing process (registration, admission, and test administration) was handled professionally and efficiently.” A sample of comments from past USMLE examinees follows: “Thank you so much for making this as enjoyable experience as this could be! I really appreciate your time and effort.” “It’s great. Awesome staff and conveniences (fridge, break room, etc.).” “Very quiet and friendly staff.” “The staff were all tremendous and kind.” “Had a little trouble with NBME software and audio but it was quickly resolved.” “Excellent. No improvement needed.”
How to Schedule an Exam
Go to www.prometric.com and follow the instructions to schedule an exam at the University of Florida Teaching Center. You will need to have your scheduling permit ready. You will receive a confirmation email from Prometric within 24 hours of scheduling your exam.
Find our address, get directions to the Teaching Center, read parking information, and confirm your testing appointment in advance on www.prometric.com. You may want to bring your lunch on exam day because time to go out for lunch is limited to your break time. Avoid wearing clothing with many pockets, as they will need to be checked (each pocket will be turned inside out) after each break. Wearing short sleeves and bringing a sweater or jacket is encouraged.
All examinees should arrive at the testing center by 7:00 a.m., with their scheduling permit and current government-issued photo ID – see www.usmle.org for acceptable ID types. Both are required for admittance. If you are late, you might not be admitted and will be required to reschedule at your expense. Examinees are checked in individually and begin the exam immediately after check-in. You will be provided with markers, note boards, noise cancelling headset and ear plugs. Please read your scheduling permit and information on the websites of USMLE and Prometric regarding preparing for your exam, testing procedures, and prohibited items.
University parking rules apply to all visitors. UF and SFC students must abide by regular parking rules. Other examinees have options:
1. Park in the paid parking garage at the Welcome Center (Reitz Union) on Museum Road. (655 Reitz Union Drive) This garage is two blocks past the Teaching Center. (Cost = $6/day or $4/2 hours)
2. Purchase a one-day parking pass ($5) from Traffic and Parking (hours of operation 8:30am-4:30pm) at 1273 Gale Lemerand Drive with your test registration confirmation. Your confirmation email (and non-UF student status) will allow you to purchase a parking pass for Orange, Green, and “Any Decal” areas. The parking garage next to the Teaching Center on Museum Road requires an Orange decal.
3. Come to campus via Regional Transit System buses (http://go-rts.com/schedule.php) which have two stops close to the Teaching Center (Broward Hall).
4. Park off campus or have someone drop you off at the Teaching Center.
Managing Your Time
You will have a minimum of 45 minutes of break time to use throughout the day. Break time can be increased by exiting the 15-minute tutorial early and/or by completing and exiting an exam block early. Be sure that the break screen shows on your monitor before you leave your workstation. You are responsible for keeping track of the amount of break time you use throughout the day. Break time is used when you leave your workstation, checking in upon return or even taking a quick stretch at your seat between blocks.
Be sure to exit the question block quickly if the time allotment for a block runs out before you have completed those questions, as the clock for the entire exam day is still running. Time is not suspended while the computer is waiting for you to continue on.
During the Exam
Authorized breaks may only be taken at the end of a question block. You will be free to leave the testing center, go to the restroom, or walk around the university. Unauthorized breaks taken in the middle of a question block must be reported to NBME/USMLE as a testing irregularity.
If you experience computer issues during the exam, notify a proctor for assistance immediately.
After the Exam
After you finish the last block of questions, a brief on-line survey will appear if your testing time has not expired. The proctor will give you a printed verification that you sat for the exam which you should keep until you receive your score report. Scores are released weekly, usually three to four weeks after your exam. Check www.usmle.com for information on score delays. You may receive a survey from the USMLE Quality Assurance Program to monitor compliance with test administration standards. Your feedback is important to ongoing enhancements to the USMLE test administration process.
Click here for USMLE at UF flyer.