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Step 2 CK – Delay in score reporting - UPDATE to previous announcement

Posted: April 09, 2018
Updated: May 03, 2018

If you need to receive Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores before August 29, 2018, we recommend that you take the exam no later than June 30, 2018.

Necessary modifications to the test item pool will result in a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of June 30, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of June 30 through mid-August will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.


If you test Your score will be reported
On or before June 30, 2018 Typically 3-4 weeks after your test date
July 1, 2018 through mid-August 2018 The regular reporting schedule will resume August 29, 2018
After mid-August 2018 Typically 3-4 weeks after your test date

Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately six weeks. Please note that exams prior to, during, and following the August 29 date will be comparable.

NOTE: When this announcement was originally posted on April 9, 2018, examinees were recommended to take  exams on or before June 24 to ensure receiving scores before August 29. This update recommends that examinees take the exam on or before June 30 to ensure receiving a score before August 29.


Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS

Posted: January 29, 2016
Updated: June 13, 2018

Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees who plan to test in 2018 to complete scheduling as soon as possible. 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 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.


No change to minimum passing score for Step 2 CK

Posted: May 24, 2018

The USMLE Management Committee voted to maintain the currently recommended Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) minimum passing score at their May 2018 meeting.

As explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the minimum passing score for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time.

At its meeting, the USMLE Management Committee conducted a review of the Step 2 CK examination minimum passing score. During the meeting, the Committee considered information from multiple sources, including:

  • Recommendations from independent groups of physicians who participated in content-based standard-setting activities in 2018;
  • Results of surveys of various groups (e.g., state licensing representatives, medical school faculty, examinees) concerning the appropriateness of current passing requirements for the Step 2 CK examination;
  • Data on trends in examinee performance;
  • Data on precision of pass/fail classifications.

As a result of its review, the USMLE Management Committee voted to maintain the recommended minimum passing score of 209.


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