Applying for USMLE exams (Step 1 and Step 2)

To apply for USMLE Step 1 exam, an applicant needs to:

1. Set up a profile with USMLE/ECFMG (for more information on the process, go here) and generate the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186);

2. Have the Form 186 signed by a Notary Public, First Class Magistrate, Consular Official, or Commissioner of Oaths (unless the instructions from ECFMG stipulate otherwise);

The form can be notarized at the U.S. Consulate in Kraków. To make an appointment, visit here. The fee is 50 USD.

As of yet, one Notary Public office in Kraków confirmed being able to verify the Form 186 as required by the ECFMG. For details, please visit here. The fee is 30 PLN.

3. Provide School Office with a completed and signed form of CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF USMLE TRANSCRIPT. The data obtained thereby by the School Office are only used for statistical purposes and are not shared with any third party. Submitting the form is obligatory.

4. Send the Form 186 (or have it sent by an appropriate entity, as per the ECFMG instructions) to ECFMG.

NOTE: Students are advised to consult the School Office regarding that matter prior to commencing the application process. Only eligible applicants will be approved by the School in the online verification.


Eligibility for USMLE exams

On account of the fact that students’ performance in the USMLE exams (especially in the first attempt at Step 1) is a widely recognized gauge of the level of education provided by any given medical school, and determines whether or not the School is granted access to US federal financial aid programs, an applicant must meet a set of criteria to be considered eligible for the said exams.

When applying for USMLE exams, applicants need to:

1. be in good academic standing with the JUMC;

2. complete the basic medical science component of the medical school curriculum by the start of the eligibility period (i.e. the period in which the student can take the exam);

3. have a GPA of 3.0 or more;

4. have successfully passed Pharmacology and Pathology courses by the start date of the eligibility period;

Students with borderline performance (i.e. GPA between 3.3 and 3.0 or any failed coursework) will be required to sit the Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (cNBME), on the basis of which their eligibility will be determined. The required result is 74 points or more. Student’s application will be withheld until their academic performance is deemed satisfactory by the Dean.

5. JUMC medical students studying medicine in a language other than English need to provide a language certificate confirming their proficiency in English (full list of language certificates recognized by the JU MC is available here; Dz.U.218 z 2009r. poz. 1695, Załącznik nr 2, poz. 1-10, 11: 1a, 2a-f), and have a GPA of 3.5 or more.


Questions regarding eligibility for the USMLE exams can be directed here. It is recommended to check one’s status PRIOR to registering with the ECFMG.

Comprehensive Basic Science Exam

Everyone who intends to sit for Step 1 is encouraged to sit for cNBME to gauge their level of preparedness for Step 1.

Persons, whose academic performance is considered borderline (GPA between 3.0 and 3.3), are required to sit the exam and achieve the min. of 74 points to be cleared for the Step 1.

For information on the Comprehensive Basic Science exam, visit here.


cNBME in Kraków

JU MC SME holds several cNBME dates a year in Kraków for the students’ convenience. The exam is free of charge for the JU MC students. To participate, one must register online. The forms will be made available at the appointed dates (see table below).

Upcoming dates of cNBME in Kraków
Exam date Location Registration start date
March 3, 2018 (Saturday), 9am CDK, Aula A January 23, 2018
June 16, 2018 (Saturday), 9am CDK, Aula A May 29, 2018


nNBME in other locations

cNBME can also be taken in some Prometric centers around the world. To book a cNBME date outside of the university, students should contact the School Office at least 28 days prior to the planned exam date to book the exam and indicate the Prometric center of their choice (note: the student should check if the center of their choosing offers the exam prior to making any arrangements). The student will be charged with the cost of the exam.