You should arrive at the Prometric test centre 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time on your testing day. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted.
If you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled testing time, you will not be admitted. In that event, you must pay a fee to Prometric, Inc. to reschedule your test. Your rescheduled test date must fall within your assigned eligibility period.
When you arrive at the test centre, you must present your Scheduling Permit and the required identification described on your Scheduling Permit. Acceptable forms of identification include the following forms of unexpired, government-issued identification:
♦ driver's license with photograph
♦ national identity card
♦ other form of unexpired, government-issued identification Your identification must contain both your signature and photograph. If it contains your photograph but not your signature, you can use another form of unexpired identification that contains your signature, such as a student/employee identification card or a credit card, to supplement your photo-bearing, government-issued identification.
Your name as it appears on your Scheduling Permit must match the name on your form of identification exactly. If the name listed on your Scheduling Permit is not correct, contact your registration entity immediately. If you do not bring your Scheduling Permit and acceptable identification, you will not be admitted to the test. In that event, you must pay a fee to Prometric, Inc. to reschedule your test. You rescheduled test date must fall within your assigned eligibility period.
After you present the required identification, you must sign a test centre log, you must be photographed, and you must store your personal belongings in your assigned locker.
Test centre staff will detach the bottom of your Scheduling Permit, which includes your Candidate Identification Number, and hand it to you to keep with you at all times for the duration of the examination. They will give you a marker and erasable writing surfaces, escort you to your assigned testing station, and provide brief instructions on use of the computer equipment.
You must enter your Candidate Identification Number to start the examination. You may then take a brief tutorial prior to starting the first test block.
Now you will start taking the test. You must observe the rules of conduct. Rules of Conduct
Test centre staff monitors all testing sessions for USMLE Steps. You must follow instructions of test centre staff throughout the examination. Failure to do so may result in a determination of irregular behaviour. Test centre staff are not authorized to answer questions from examinees regarding examination content, testing software, or scoring.
If staff observes you violating test administration rules or engaging in other forms of irregular behaviour during an examination, the centre staff will not necessarily tell you of the observation at the time of the examination. Centre staff reports such incidents to the USMLE program; each is fully investigated.
You may not bring any personal belongings into the testing area, including the following:
♦ mechanical or electronic devices, such as calculators, digital watches, watches with computer communication and/or memory capability, electronic paging devices, recording or filming devices, radios, cellular telephones. coats, jackets, brimmed hats
♦ bookbags, backpacks, handbags, wallets
♦ books, notes, or study materials
♦ food or beverages
If you bring any personal belongings to the test centre, you must store them in a designated locker outside the testing room. You should keep in mind that the lockers are small and that mechanical or electronic devices stored in lockers must be turned off.
Upon reasonable suspicion, your personal belongings and their contents may be inspected. Any materials that reasonably appear to reproduce any USMLE examination materials will be confiscated.
Making notes of any kind during an examination, except on the erasable writing surface provided at the test centre, is not permitted.
When you register to take the USMLE, you are agreeing to the following
Rules of Conduct:
1. You are the person named on the Scheduling Permit for the examination.
2. You will not give, receive, or obtain any form of assistance during the examination or during breaks (except from the test centre staff).
3. You will not have in your possession any formulas, study materials, or notes of any kind unless you are out of the examination room on a break between blocks of the examination.
4. Before entering the testing room, you will place any formulas, study materials, notes, or papers in your possession in a locker until after the examination. All personal belongings, including your purse and/or wallet, must also be placed in a locker before entering the testing room.
5. You will not leave your testing station for breaks unless the break screen is visible on your monitor. It will be considered a violation of Rules of Conduct if you indicate on the centre log that your break screen is visible when it is not.
6. You will not use a telephone at any point during the examination, including breaks, for any purpose related to test content.
7. You will not remove materials in any form (written, printed, recorded, or any other type) from the test centre. All examination materials remain the property of the USMLE parent organizations, and you will maintain the confidentiality of the materials, including the multiple-choice items and Primum CCS. You will not attempt to reproduce examination materials through memorization or any other means.
If you violate these Rules of Conduct, you may be directed to leave the test centre before you complete the examination. Also, evidence of violation of any test administration rule, including these Rules of Conduct, will result in actions being taken under USMLE policies and procedures on irregular behaviour. If you are found to have engaged in irregular behaviour, your score report and transcripts will include this finding, and you may be barred from taking the USMLE in the future.
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