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Updated Practice and Informational Materials for Step 3 Available
December 2, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect new features described in a previous announcement.

Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after January 16, 2017 should read the materials and practice with the updated sample items and cases. The materials include:

  • Downloadable practice test materials, with tutorials
  • Feedback for Step 3 CCS practice cases
  • USMLE Step 3 Sample Items booklet (PDF)  – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016
  • USMLE Step 3 Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF) – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016


Enhanced Security Policies at Prometric Test Centers
October 14, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3

Enhanced security policies will take effect in all U.S. Prometric test centers beginning October 15, 2016. The purpose of the enhanced security procedures is to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content.

USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 examinations are administered at Prometric test centers.

Beginning October 15, 2016, Prometric center administrators will conduct stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories.

  • All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for close visual inspection by the test center administrators. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and upon return from breaks.
  • Jewelry, except for wedding and engagement rings, is prohibited.
  • Hair accessories are subject to inspection. Examinees should not wear ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories. An examinee wearing any of these items may be prohibited from wearing them in the testing room, and asked to store such items in their locker.


New Features in Step 3 Examination
October 4, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification, image magnification, and reverse color (color inversion).

The new features were introduced in Step 1 examinations administered beginning May 2016, and in Step 2 CK examinations administered beginning July 2016. The Step 3 exam will incorporate the new features in exams administered beginning January 16, 2017.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Step 3 – Delay in Score Reporting
October 4, 2016
Filed under: Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

If you need to receive Step 3 scores before May 10, 2017 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2016.

Most Step 3 scores are reported within 4 weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, as well as a change to new test delivery software, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of January 16, 2017. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing the week of January 16 through late February will be Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


USMLE Security Video
January 29, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

Remember, the stakes on a medical licensing exam are high! Don’t do something that might jeopardize your future as a licensed physician. Be sure you understand all the USMLE policies on security and irregular behavior by viewing our new security video, http://www.usmle.org/security.


Winter Weather
January 20, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

For updates on the impact of winter weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).


Change in Minimum Passing Requirements for Step 3
December 17, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

The recommended Step 3 minimum passing score will change from 190 to 196. This change will affect examinees whose first day of testing is on or after January 1, 2016.

As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information and as explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the minimum passing score for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Step 3 – Change in Number of Items and Score Delay
November 20, 2015
Filed under: Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

Beginning the week of January 18, 2016, the number of items on the Step 3 examination will decrease. There will be a delay in reporting scores for exams administered between January 18 and April 30, 2016. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing during this time period is May 25, 2016.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 3 Examination Available
November 20, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect the change in number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) per block described in a prior announcement.

Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after January 18, 2016 should read the materials and practice with the updated sample items and cases. The materials include:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Expanded Version of USMLE Content Outline
April 7, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

An expanded version of the USMLE Content Outline, which provides a common organization of content across all USMLE examinations, is now available on the USMLE website.

Examinees should read the full announcement.




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