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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.


Start Date in Score Reporting for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Examinees Testing from June 1 through July 13, 2013
August 15, 2013
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

The score reporting schedule for examinees who took the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination from June 1 through July 13, 2013 shows a reporting start date of August 14, 2013 and a reporting end date of September 11, 2013.

Typically, results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during each testing period are reported on the first Wednesday of the reporting period. We now expect the first results for this testing period to be reported on August 21, 2013.

The reporting end date for this cohort of examinees will continue to be September 11, 2013. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who took the exam between June 1, 2013 and July 13, 2013 will likely be reported by that date.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


The 2014 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 CS Results Is Available
June 20, 2013
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 CK – Schedule for Score Reporting
June 20, 2013
Filed under: Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

Score reports for Step 2 CK are usually available within four weeks of testing. However, because of routine modifications to the test item pool, score reporting for most Step 2 CK examinations administered in late July and August will take longer. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing in late July and August is Wednesday, September 25, 2013.  For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 2 CK scores before September 25, it is recommended that they take Step 2 CK no later than July 27, 2013.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


2013 and 2014 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
June 20, 2013
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

 

Step 2 CS 2013 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 26

February 27

March 20

January 27 through March 23

April 24

May 22

March 24 through May 18

June 12

July 10

All test centers closed.
No testing May 19 through May 31

June 1 through July 13

August 14

September 11

July 14 through September 7

October 9

November 6

September 8 through November 2

December 4

January 1 (2014)

November 3 through December 31

January 29 (2014)

February 19 (2014)

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.”

 

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)

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)


USMLE Step 1 Score Reporting
March 26, 2013
Filed under: 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 13th. The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 13th through late June will be Wednesday, July 10, 2013. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 10, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than May 10, 2013.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Changes to USMLE Procedures for Reporting Scores: Elimination of the 2-digit Score on or about April 1, 2013
March 22, 2013
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

As previously reported in 2011, the USMLE® program began the process of eliminating the reporting of results on the 2-digit score scale to parties other than the examinee and any state licensing authority to which the examinee sends results. This process began on July 1, 2011 with elimination of 2-digit scores from USMLE transcripts reported through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).

The USMLE program will extend this change in reporting to include all score recipients (e.g., examinees, state medical boards). This means that scores on the 2-digit scale will no longer be calculated or reported. The USMLE Program expects to eliminate the 2-digit score on or about April 1, 2013. This change pertains to the Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 examinations only; Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will continue to be reported as pass or fail with no numeric score.

The full announcement is available on the USMLE website.

More about the 2-digit Score and Its Elimination

The following may be helpful in understanding the change in USMLE procedures for reporting scores, described above.

Why is the USMLE Program eliminating the 2-digit score?
The 2-digit score can be subject to misinterpretation. Some have interpreted it as a percentile (an indication of how an examinee’s performance compares to the performance of other examinees who took the same exam administration). Others have interpreted it as a percentage (an indication of how many questions an examinee answered correctly during an exam administration). The 2-digit score is neither of these things.

Additionally, unlike the 3-digit score, the 2-digit score does not allow reasonable comparisons over time. This may create challenges for score users that attempt to compare 2-digit scores that span several years. To eliminate the misuse of and confusion surrounding the 2-digit scale, the USMLE Composite Committee, the body that governs USMLE, decided that it should no longer be calculated or reported. Additional information about the relationship between the 2-digit and 3-digit score scales is available on the USMLE website.

Does this change apply to all USMLE examinations?
This change applies to Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 3 only, since numeric scores are reported for these exams. It does not apply to Step 2 CS. Performance on Step 2 CS will continue to be reported as pass or fail with no numeric score.

Once this change takes effect, who will have access to 2-digit scores?
No one will have access to 2-digit scores. Beginning on the effective date of this change:

  • The USMLE Program will no longer report 2-digit scores to examinees on their exam score reports.
  • Two-digit scores will not be reported to any third parties via USMLE transcripts. This means that recipients of USMLE transcripts, including graduate medical education programs and state medical boards in the United States, will not receive 2-digit scores. This is true for all USMLE exam administrations, regardless of when the exam administration took place and regardless of whether a 2-digit score was reported previously.
  • Two-digit scores will no longer be calculated. As a result, the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), the entity responsible for scoring USMLE exams, will not be able to provide 2-digit scores. The entities responsible for registering examinees for USMLE and reporting their scores, including ECFMG and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), will not be able to provide 2-digit scores.

Why does the USMLE transcript I requested in April 2013 look different from the transcript I requested in December 2012, when it includes results for the same exam administration(s)?
Effective on or about April 1, 2013, the USMLE Program will stop calculating and reporting 2-digit scores. Two-digit scores reported before the effective date of this change will no longer be reported. As a result, a transcript issued prior to the effective date will include 2-digit scores for administrations of Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3, while a transcript issued after the effective date will include only 3-digit scores for the same exam administrations.

Understanding the 3-digit Score

The elimination of the 2-digit score does not change the reporting or interpretation of results on the 3-digit scale. While the following information is not new, it may be helpful in understanding the 3-digit score.

What is the 3-digit score?
Since its beginning in the 1990s, the USMLE Program has reported scores for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 on a 3-digit scale. When an examinee tests, the number of items the examinee answers correctly is converted to a score on the 3-digit scale. The 3-digit scale is considered the primary score reporting scale for USMLE exams.

What are the minimum passing scores for the exams?
The USMLE Program recommends a minimum passing level of proficiency for each exam. For Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3, the USMLE Program sets a minimum passing score on the 3-digit scale. For the current minimum passing scores, visit Scores & Transcripts on the USMLE website.

The USMLE Program reviews the minimum passing level for each exam every three to four years. Since this process may result in changes, the minimum passing score for a given exam, expressed on the 3-digit scale, may change over time. The recommended minimum passing level in place on the day an examinee sits for an examination will be the level used for scoring purposes. Monitor the USMLE website for information on review of and changes to the minimum passing scores for USMLE exams.

How can I tell how well I did on the examination? How much better than passing did I do?
Your score report will include the 3-digit minimum passing score that applies to the exam administration.

On the 3-digit scale, most scores on Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 fall between 140 and 260. The mean score for first-time examinees from accredited medical school programs in the United States is in the range of 215 to 235, and the standard deviation is approximately 20. If your score is in the range of 215 to 235, your performance is on par with the average first-time examinee from an accredited medical school program in the United States. Your score report will include the mean and standard deviation for recent administrations of the examination.

Your score report will also include graphical performance profiles that summarize relative areas of strength and weakness to aid in self-assessment. The profiles are accompanied by further information on what they mean and how to interpret them.

More information on scores and score interpretation is available on the Scores FAQs page of the USMLE website at http://www.usmle.org/frequently-asked-questions/#scores.

How will U.S. GME programs be able to evaluate my 3-digit score?
The 3-digit score scale is the primary score reporting scale and has been used since the USMLE Program was established in the early 1990s. Unlike the 2-digit score, the 3-digit score is calculated using statistical procedures that ensure that scores from different years are on a common scale and have the same meaning. This means that GME programs can use the 3-digit score to make reasonable comparisons of examinees who tested at different times. Information on the meaning and interpretation of the three-digit score is included with USMLE transcripts, is available on the USMLE website, and is provided in the USMLE Bulletin of Information.

(posted December 28, 2012; updated March 22, 2013)


Delay in Score Reporting for Step 3 in 2013
November 30, 2012
Filed under: Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

Starting the week of February 11, 2013, a transition period will begin in which routine modifications to the items in the exam, including a minor decrease in the number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in current forms of the Step 3 examination, will occur.

Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer. The transition period will likely take approximately 4 weeks. Please note that:

  • The length of the examination day will remain unchanged.
  • Scores on new and old forms will be comparable.

Score reports for Step 3 are usually available within four weeks of testing. However, because of the changes described above, score reporting for most Step 3 examinations administered from the week of February 11, 2013 through early May 2013 will take longer.

The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing the week of February 11 through early May 2013 will be on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Score Reporting One-week Additional Delay
October 2, 2012
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

As was previously announced, enhancements to the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination in mid-2012 necessitated a delay in the reporting of scores of examinees who tested from June 17, 2012 through August 25, 2012. Originally the expected date of the first release of scores for this group of examinees was October 3. However, the date for the first release of scores is now expected to be October 10, 2012.

Examinees who test on or before December 31, 2012 will have results reported in time for the 2013 “Match.”

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.




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