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Frequently Asked Questions About USMLE Step 3?

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1- What is step 3? is it the same as Step 2 CK?

2- Am I allowed to take it during my last year in study or I must be graduated? and can I take it before I take step 2 CS?

3- Can I take the exam in Prometric center anywhere like I will with step 1 or 2 CK or it have to be in US like CS?

4- Is it the same format of questions cause I heard something like CCS and I don't know what that mean?

5- How much it cost is $880 like the previous or not?

6- Now about residency I heard that they accept the one who doesn't have issues with visa meaning it will be enhance your situation if you have green card or US passport so will the step 3 make me equal with the ones having US passport or green card cause by then I can get H1 visa I guess that is more great than b1 visa?

7- I read in this thread that the good reference is the Kaplan notes for step 2 CK so does that mean that I can study for both of the exams at the same time so I don't waste my time?

8- Do I need FA in Step 3?

9- I heard about something called Fifth pathway. What is that exactly?

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What If I am not able to take Step 3 before the Match? If I get matched without it, will I be limited to J1 visa, which means I must return home after I finish my residency? And if so, is there a way to continue working in the US after that?
You do waiver jobs to avoid returning to your home country.
For more information read here

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If I'm to take Step 3 in the few coming months, what's the last date to receive the score on so as not to be late for the Match? I won't be able to get it done by Sep 1st.

And when I receive the score, can I simply update my ERAS? and what if I already got interviews and had my Step 3 score released later?

Sorry about all those questions! :eek:
Step 3 is not a requirement and is not usually looked for by residency programs unless you plan to apply for H1B Visa.
Programs that do sponsor H1B Visa usually require that you pass Step 3 before the ROL (Rank Order List) which is usually mid February of every year.

If you get interviews before the Step 3 score, they'll ask you to update them later on when you get the results.

In ERAS, your USMLE scores are automatically transmitted once they are available, you don't even need to update your profile, it's automatically updated.

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Thanks Sabio!

How long does it take for the score report to be released?
Usually three to four weeks after your test date.
You can monitor your Step 3 Status here

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Strange, I can't login on that website. It says my login or pass is wrong. I'm using the same login info I use on OASIS.
You can't login until you have actually applied for Step 3.
Did you apply for step 3 exam and your application was accepted?

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Can somebody tell me more about the Postgraduate Training Requirements for Foreign Graduates mentioned here? Does it mean I can't take the exam in a state that has these requirements?
Please read here

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