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Posted: January 24, 2017
The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.
For the 2017 Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) review, information from multiple sources will be considered, including:
The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing requirements for the USMLE Step 2 CS examination at its May 2017 meeting.
If the Committee determines that a change is appropriate, the new recommended minimum passing requirements will become effective for all examinees who take a Step 2 CS examination on or after July 16, 2017. The decision of the Committee will be posted on the USMLE website.
Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: February 22, 2017
Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Testing appointments are typically completely filled at least three to four months in advance. If you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.
The graph below indicates test appointment availability for the next four months. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ.
More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.
Posted: February 21, 2017
Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination have been posted to the USMLE website.
Examinees planning to take a Step 1 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:
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