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Change to Step 2 CK Passing Standard Begins July 1, 2022

At its April 2022 meeting, the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Management Committee conducted a review of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) passing standard and decided that a five-point increase in the passing standard – used to determine a Pass or Fail outcome – will apply to Step 2 CK examinees testing on or after July … Read More

Study Links Performance on USMLE Exams to Medical School Accreditation Status

There is a link between medical student performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) and the accreditation status of the medical schools those students attend, according to a recent study by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). The study … Read More

Change to USMLE Step 1 Passing Standard Begins January 26, 2022

At its December 2021 meeting, the USMLE Management Committee conducted a review of the USMLE Step 1 passing standard and decided that a two-point increase in the passing standard  – used to determine a Pass or Fail outcome  – will apply to Step 1 examinees testing on or after January 26, 2022. On the current three-digit score scale, the 2022 … Read More

USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK – Scheduled Score Delays in 2022

Most United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within 3-4 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 … Read More

USMLE Step 1 Transition to Pass/Fail Only Score Reporting Begins with Exams Taken on or After Jan. 26, 2022

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 score reporting will transition from a numeric score and pass/fail outcome to pass/fail only for exams taken on or after January 26, 2022. The USMLE program views this change as an important first step toward facilitating broader, system-wide changes to improve the transition from undergraduate to … Read More

Step 3 – Scheduled Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 3 scores before March 16, 2022 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2021. Most Step 3 scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pool, there will be a … Read More

USMLE Step 1 Updates on Score Reporting and Standard Setting

Two United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 changes may coincide in early 2022. First, Step 1 score reporting will transition to pass/fail only for administrations on or after January 26, 2022. Second, as part of best practices for licensing and certification examinations, the USMLE program reviews the minimum passing score of each Step exam … Read More

Step 1 Pass/Fail Score Reporting Implementation Date

United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 score reporting will transition to pass/fail outcomes only for administrations on or after January 26, 2022. Step 1 examinations administered before January 26 will include a three-digit numeric score. Outcomes for Step 1 administrations occurring before January 26, 2022 will continue to include a three-digit score and pass/fail. … Read More

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