So far, I have paid (approximately):
Step 1: $500
Step 2 CK: $500
Step 2 CS: $1000 + transportation and hotel
Step 3: $600
Part 1 PM&R boards: $1300
Part 2 PM&R boards: $1700 + transportation and hotel
Might I suggest that these fees are entirely ridiculous? I'm especially irritated about Step 2 CS, considering I was the very first class who had to take it, and it was just not a pleasant way to spend $1000+ when I was already broke.
I read somewhere that approximately 20,000 people go to medical school every year. So if they are charging $500 for Step 1 (I think it's actually more now), that is $10 million. Where the hell does that money go?? Why does it cost 10 million dollars for a bunch of students to sit in front of a computer and all take the same test? Who is profiting from this?
For that amount of money, we could, like, make a really cool movie about pirates going into outer space.