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Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting and Change in Number of Test Items
March 20, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 11th.

The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 11th through late June will be Wednesday, July 8, 2015. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 8th, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than Friday, May 8, 2015.

During this time period (starting the week of May 11th), a transition will occur in the number of items in current forms of the Step 1 examination. The change will be from a total of 322 items to 308 items. Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks. Please note the following:

  • Scores on new and old forms will be comparable; the decrease in the number of items per form will be accounted for in scoring the examination results.
  • The length of the examination day will remain unchanged. The test day will continue to be divided into seven 60-minute blocks, administered in one seven-hour testing session.
  • The number of items per block will decrease from 46 to 44. There will be a total of 308 items on each examination.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Step 3 Score Release
March 20, 2015
Filed under: Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

As previously announced, a restructured Step 3 examination was introduced in November 2014. Scores for most Step 3 examinees who tested on or after November 3, 2014 through late February 2015 will be reported on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines
November 4, 2014
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines (SIG) have been posted to the USMLE website.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Score Reporting of Administrations with Accommodations

The United States Medical Licensing Examination Program provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodation. The USMLE Composite Committee has directed that USMLE score reports and transcripts issued on or after September 10, 2014 will not include an annotation that a test accommodation was granted.


2015 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 CS Results Is Available
June 26, 2014
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

This schedule provides examinees, and others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. Click here to view the schedule.


2014 and 2015 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
June 26, 2014
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

 

Step 2 CS 2014 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 25

February 26

March 19

January 26 through March 22

April 23

May 21

March 23 through May 17

June 18

July 16

May 18 through July 12

August 13

September 10

July 13 through September 6

October 8

November 5

September 7 through November 1

December 3

December 31

November 2 through December 31

February 4 (2015)

February 25 (2015)

 

 

Step 2 CS 2015 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through February 7

March 4

March 25

February 8 through March 28

April 29

May 27

March 29 through May 23

June 24

July 22

May 24 through July 11

August 12

September 9

July 12 through September 5

October 7

November 4

September 6 through October 31

December 9

January 6 (2016)

November 1 through December 31

February 3 (2016)

February 24 (2016)

 

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014, January 14, 2015)


Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Score Reporting
June 18, 2014
Filed under: Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 2 CK results occurs within four weeks of testing. Due to routine modifications to the Step 2 CK test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for most examinees testing on or after July 31. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees who test beginning July 31 will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 2 CK scores before September 24, it is recommended that they take Step 2 CK no later than Monday, July 28, 2014.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Upcoming Changes to USMLE Step 3
May 22, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

Changes are planned for the USMLE® Step 3 examination later this year. The Step 3 changes will affect the content of the examination, and the resulting content will be restructured across the two testing days of Step 3. There also will be a change to Step 3 application requirements and to how examinees may schedule the two days of the examination. These changes are summarized in the Fact Sheet, “Changes to USMLE® 2014-2015,” available on the USMLE website at http://goo.gl/Dazw89.

Some key dates in the transition to the restructured Step 3 exam are:

  • Applications for the current Step 3 examination will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) on July 18, 2014.
  • Applications for the restructured Step 3 examination will be accepted starting on August 4, 2014.
  • No Step 3 examinations will be administered during most or all of October 2014.
  • Administration of the restructured Step 3 exam will begin on November 3, 2014.
  • There will be a score delay following introduction of the restructured Step 3 examination on November 3, 2014. The duration of the score delay will be determined by examinee volume during the early months of exam administration. Based on historic trends, the USMLE Program estimates that scores for Step 3 exams taken on or after November 3, 2014 will be released in April 2015.

These dates are summarized in “Changes to USMLE® 2014-2015: Timeline of Selected Events for Step 3,” available at http://goo.gl/xPg0fX.

Passing Step 3 is not a requirement for ECFMG Certification. To apply for and take Step 3, international medical graduates must already be certified by ECFMG. However, if you are certified by ECFMG and plan to take Step 3, you should be familiar with the upcoming changes and the schedule for transitioning to the restructured Step 3 examination.

For the latest information, monitor the Fact Sheet, Timeline, and the additional information about upcoming changes to USMLE examinations on the USMLE website at http://www.usmle.org/cru/. You also can subscribe to the USMLE Announcements RSS Feed by visiting http://www.usmle.org/announcements/.


USMLE Step 1 Score Reporting
March 27, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees testing beginning the week of May 12th. The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 12th through late June will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 9, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than Friday, May 9, 2014.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Upcoming Changes to USMLE

A summary of changes to USMLE planned for 2014-2015 is available on the USMLE website. This document will be updated as more information becomes available.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.




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