Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills minimum passing performance
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:
- Results of content-based standard setting exercises conducted with three groups of physicians who have not previously participated in USMLE test committees;
- Results of surveys of various groups (e.g., samples of examinees, state licensing representatives, medical school faculty) concerning the appropriateness of current pass/fail standards for Step examinations;
- Trends in examinee performance;
- Score precision and its effect on the pass/fail outcome.
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.
Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: March 17, 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. Based on scheduling trends, 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 is an estimate of test appointment availability for the next six months as of the date at the bottom of the graph. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ.
Appointment availability changes frequently, so if you are unable to schedule an appointment during a particular time period, please continue to check the Step 2 CS scheduling website. Additional appointments may become available 60 days in advance of a test date.
More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.
Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: March 13, 2017
For updates on the impact of winter weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).
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