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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: 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.


Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination are available

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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