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.

New Score Report Format – USMLE Step 3 Examination

The USMLE Step 3 examination score report has been redesigned to reflect both advances in the underlying science of assessment and changes to the USMLE program over time.  Examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018 will receive score reports in the new format.

The redesigned report features a chart showing an examinee’s performance compared with recent first-time takers from U.S. and Canadian medical schools, the examinee’s performance in individual content areas relative to their overall Step 3 performance, and information about the allocation of items across each content area.

Examinees should refer to 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.

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.

Free Practice Sessions Available for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3—Offer Has Ended

As of January 18, 2018, the promotion has ended because USMLE hit the maximum number of available sessions.

The USMLE program is offering free practice sessions for a limited time. Practice sessions, normally administered for a fee at Prometric Test Centers, will be available to a limited number of individuals at no cost on or before January 31, 2018. These free sessions are being made available at both domestic and international Prometric Test Centers. This is a great opportunity to experience the process and pacing of exam day while continuing to learn the important information that is available to you.

Interested examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website for information on eligibility requirements and how to register for a practice session.

Updated January 23, 2018

Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 3 Examination Are Available

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. The Step 3 content outline and test specifications have not changed; however, sample practice items have been refreshed with new materials, and the number of practice items has been increased slightly.

Examinees planning to take a Step 3 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.