USMLE Score Reporting Policy Updates

The following announcements provide details on new score reporting policies set by the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Composite Committee for the Step 1 examination and the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. As a medical licensing examination, the USMLE program has a responsibility to produce transcripts that report a complete exam history for each examinee. The following announcements provide details on new score reporting policies set by the USMLE Composite Committee for the Step 1 examination and the Step 2 CS examination.

USMLE Step 1 Examination

Step 1 results will be reported as Pass/Fail no earlier than January 1, 2022. All scores for Step 1 exams taken prior to the date of the policy change will continue to be reported using the three-digit numeric score on all USMLE transcripts. The USMLE program does not retroactively alter transcripts.

USMLE Step 2 CS Examination

Step 2 CS was suspended in March 2020. All Step 2 CS results from exam administrations prior to the suspension will be reported on USMLE transcripts. Due to the Step 2 CS suspension, a significant number of individuals applying for residency in the 2020-2021 cycle will not have a Step 2 CS result or an opportunity to retest after a Step 2 CS failure. Information on the timing of this suspension will be clearly communicated to residency programs through ERAS. While Step 2 CS is suspended, the ECFMG has posted requirements for Certification for the 2021 residency Match, available here.

USMLE Timeline for Step 1 Pass/Fail Score Reporting

The co-sponsors of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®)—the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)―have recently received requests from examinees and student organizations to accelerate or delay the change to pass/fail score reporting for USMLE Step 1 in light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and social movements across the country. The USMLE program’s announcement of the Step 1 score reporting policy change, posted in February 2020, said the change in score reporting would be implemented no earlier than January 2022. After careful consideration of all the recent concerns that have been brought to the USMLE program’s attention, the USMLE program remains committed to the January 2022 timeline.

For more information, please read the full announcement on the USMLE website.

USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Testing Suspension to Continue Through May 31, 2020

The USMLE program is closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the spread of the novel Coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19.  We are aware that examinees are scheduled to take USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) and of the importance of the examination to their future goals and obligations.  However, given the unique, human-to-human delivery mode of this exam, it is important to take the following precautionary steps to protect the health of examinees and test center staff.

Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) Test Center Closures
All CSEC test centers are temporarily closed.  We hope to resume operations of all centers on June 1, 2020.  Given the fluid nature of this situation, please be aware that this date is subject to change. Please monitor www.usmle.org and USMLE social media for updates.

Change to the Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling System and Impact to Examinees
The suspension in testing has resulted in the cancelation of a large number of testing appointments. In order to manage the large number of examinees impacted by the CSEC center closures, scheduling functionality in the Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling system has been temporarily suspended.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are an examinee impacted by the CSEC closure and USMLE Step 2 CS suspension, please direct any inquiries to Step2CS-Covid.inquiries@ecfmg.org.

  • Canceled Appointments
    If your appointment was canceled as a result of the suspension of Step 2 CS testing, you will be contacted by April 17, 2020. All examinees scheduled to test from March 16 through May 31 will have their eligibility period extended to March 31, 2021. This extension will be done automatically, requiring no action on the part of the examinee.
  • Scheduled Appointments
    If you have an appointment scheduled AFTER May 31, 2020, you can review your scheduling information and you can cancel an appointment. However, if you cancel your appointment, you will not be able to reschedule until scheduling functionality is restored. PLEASE NOTE: Before canceling your appointment, be advised that you will not be able to reschedule until scheduling functionality is restored.
  • Recently Registered
    If you recently registered for Step 2 CS but have not yet scheduled an appointment, you will not be able to schedule until scheduling functionality is restored.
  • Planning to Register
    If you plan to register for Step 2 CS but have not yet done so, please be aware that the application processing and registration continues. However, once your application is accepted, you will not be able to schedule until scheduling functionality is restored.

We do not have an estimated timeline of when scheduling functionality on the Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling System will be restored. As soon as we have more information, we will update examinees via the USMLE website and social media.

Score Reporting
Changes to the Step 2 CS score reporting schedule will be necessary as a result of the CSEC test center closures. Updates will be posted to the USMLE website. Results for examinees who tested before March 16, 2020 will be reported on schedule, beginning April 29, 2020 through May 27, 2020.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together through this challenging time. The USMLE program is actively working with other organizations in medical education and regulation to minimize disruption to examinees during this unprecedented situation.

Additional information on USMLE’s response to COVID-19 and some frequently asked questions are available here.

For more information on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on ECFMG|FAIMER programs and what we are doing in response, please visit our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) web page.

(posted March 13, 2020; updated Apr 3, 2020)

COVID-19 Updates and Resources from USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program has published a COVID-19 page to its website that includes information and FAQs about its responses to the pandemic, including information for examinees whose examination dates have been suspended or rescheduled. This information will be updated as the situation changes.

Examinees should monitor the COVID-19 page on the USMLE website for the latest information.

For more information on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on ECFMG|FAIMER programs and what we are doing in response, please visit our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) web page.

Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 scores before July 8, 2020 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than May 3, 2020.

Most Step 1 scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 4, 2020.

The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 4, 2020 through mid-June will be Wednesday, July 8, 2020. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 8, 2020, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than May 3, 2020.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

USMLE Score Reporting Schedule

Scores for all United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step examinations will be released as regularly scheduled on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Scores for all USMLE Step examinations will also be released on Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

Only Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) score reports will be released on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

All USMLE scores will be released as regularly scheduled on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Step 3 – Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 25, 2020, the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) recommends that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2019.

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 delay in reporting for some examinees who test in early 2020. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for examinees testing in January and February 2020 is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

No USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 3 examinations will be administered January 1-14, 2020.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Step 1 and Step 2 CK – Score Delays in 2020

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.

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) has announced that examinees testing during the following dates may experience delays in score reporting:

  • Step 1 examinees testing early May through early July 2020 – more specific information will be posted January 2020
  • Step 2 CK examinees testing late June through late August 2020 – more specific information will be posted March 2020

Why is this important to know?

If you need to receive a score before a certain date, plan to take that exam before the projected score delay windows to avoid missing deadlines.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for more information.