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Step 2 CK – Schedule for Score Reporting and Change in Number of Items
May 20, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

The USMLE program usually reports Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores 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 between the week of July 13 through late August. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees who test during this time period will be Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

If you need to receive a Step 2 CK score before September 16, we recommend that you take Step 2 CK no later than Friday, July 10, 2015.

During the period July 13 through late August, the number of items per block on a given examination form will vary but will not exceed 44 items. The number of items in a block is displayed on the screen at the beginning of the block. Please note this information and pace yourself accordingly.

The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed the current 350 items. The length of the testing day will not change. The test day will continue to be divided into eight 60-minute blocks, administered in one nine-hour testing session. The variation in number of items per block will not impact scoring.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


2016 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Results is Available
April 16, 2015
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

The 2016 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.


2015 and 2016 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
April 16, 2015
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

 

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)

 

Step 2 CS 2016 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 30

March 2

March 23

January 31 through March 19*

April 13

May 11

March 20 through May 21

July 6

August 3

May 22 through July 16

August 17

September 14

July 17 through September 10

October 12

November 9

September 11 through November 5

December 14

January 11, 2017

November 6 through December 31

February 1, 2017

February 22, 2017

 

* No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 13 through 19.

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, April 16, 2015)


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.


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/.




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