Test Day Troubles – ID Dilemma for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK or Step 3

Mastering the high-yield exam content is surprisingly only one of the many facets to your USMLE and COMLEX success. Your studies, test day routine, physical and mental health as well as your exam registration all have a serious impact on you reaching your peak exam score. Take it from Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Doctors In Training’s student advising team is here to help you expect the best, but prepare for the worst.

What if…You are denied entrance during the exam check-in process?

Among reasons for denying entrance to an exam, proper identification is probably one of the most frequent day-of issues students face. Let’s put this worry to rest. On test day, bring at least one (two to be safe) valid, current, government issued forms of photo identification with you. Make sure this is taken care of before you’re on your way to the testing center.

Acceptable forms of government issued identification include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • U.S. military identification

ID Double-checks:

  • Make sure the name listed on your testing appointment is an exact match with the name on your ID
  • Your ID must include your photo and your signature
  • If your ID is expired, contact your testing center as soon as possible to find a solution

Apply this information to be best prepared for your exam day and avoid unnerving surprises. Stay tuned for more test day tips!


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