Final Diagnosis Screen Removed from USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases

Step 3 examinees will no longer be asked to enter information regarding a final diagnosis before ending a computer-based case simulation (CCS) case. Most examinees who test on or after January 1, 2019 will not see the final diagnosis screen at the end of a CCS case. 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.

This change does not affect the scoring of the CCS cases in any way. Final diagnoses have never been used in scoring an examinee performance.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 3 Examination Now Available on the USMLE Website

Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 3 examination should read the new materials and practice with the sample items on the USMLE website. They include:

New this year: A brief video tutorial demonstrating the features and functionalities found in Primum®, the software with which examinees interact during the computer-based case simulations (CCS) part of the Step 3 exam.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Step 2 CS Videos Available on the USMLE Website

Brief videos depicting reenactments by actors of actual examinee performances on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination are now available on the USMLE website. The names of the examinees and standardized patients have been changed. All videos are less than two minutes in length.

You can view them here. These videos provide examples of an actual examinee performance at an acceptable level, and may be helpful to individuals preparing to take the exam.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Step 1 and Step 2 CK – Score Delays in 2019

Most Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pools, delays occur for examinees who test at certain times of the year. Please be aware that examinees testing during the following dates may experience delays in score reporting:

  • Step 1 examinees testing early May through early July 2019 – more specific information will be posted January 2019
  • Step 2 CK examinees testing late June through late August 2019 – more specific information will be posted March 2019

Examinees are encouraged to read the full announcement on the USMLE website.

Step 3 – Delay in Score Reporting in 2019

If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 27, 2019 USMLE recommends that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2018.

Most Step 3 scores are reported 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 in early 2019. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for examinees testing in January and February 2019 is Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

No USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 3 examinations will be administered January 1-14, 2019.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

New Practice Questions and Helpful Information for the Step 2 CK Exam Available

The USMLE Program encourages examinees planning to take the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) to review the following materials on the USMLE website:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

UPDATE: Step 2 CK – Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores before August 29, 2018, the USMLE program recommends that you take the exam no later than June 30, 2018.

Necessary modifications to the test item pool will result in a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of June 30, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of June 30 through mid-August will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

For more information, examinees should refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.

NOTE: When this announcement was originally posted on April 9, 2018, examinees were recommended to take exams on or before June 24 to ensure receiving scores before August 29. This update recommends that examinees take the exam on or before June 30 to ensure receiving a score before August 29.

(posted April 9, 2018; updated May 4, 2018)

Requirements for Scheduling Exams at Prometric Centers

Beginning April 1, 2018, anyone using an unsupported operating system or browser (Windows XP/Vista, Windows Server 2003, or a browser version below IE 9) will NOT be able to schedule an exam at a Prometric center.

This change is due to an enhancement of security protocols to meet new industry compliance regulations.

Additional information is available at the Prometric website, as well as instructions on how to upgrade your operating system or browser.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for more information.