USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines
Posted: October 30, 2014
USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines (SIG) have been posted to the USMLE website. Topics include:
- Description of Examinations
- Understanding Your Score
- Recent Means and Standard Deviations (SDs)
- Norm Table
- Passing Scores
- Precision of Scores
- Guidelines for Use of USMLE Step Scores for Selection Decisions
The means and SDs and the norm table will be updated annually. Because percentile ranks depend on the cohort of examinees, you should always use the most recent norm table available on the USMLE website to obtain percentile ranks.
New display features to be piloted in Practice Sessions
Posted: October 27, 2014
Practice Sessions are primarily intended to provide examinees with the opportunity to become familiar with the Prometric Test Center environment. From time to time, the USMLE program uses Practice Sessions to pilot new features and get feedback from examinees.
Three new user-adjustable display features will be piloted in USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Practice Sessions delivered at a limited number of Prometric Test Centers on or after November 3, 2014:
- Reverse color (color inversion)
- Text magnification
- Image magnification
The new display features are NOT currently available on live USMLE administrations or in practice materials available on the USMLE website.
Examinees are encouraged but not required to use the new features; they will not interfere with an examinee’s practice experience. Examinees who take a Step 1 or Step 2 CK Practice Session during this period will be asked to complete a brief post-session survey about their experience, which will help USMLE determine whether examinees like the new features.
If the features become available in the future for use in USMLE Step examinations or the online practice materials, examinees will be notified well in advance.
NOTE: the first 500 examinees to schedule an appointment for a Practice Session with the new display features on or after November 3, 2014 will have a $40 discount applied to their fee. Scheduling is restricted to a limited number of Prometric Test Centers during this pilot.
Inverts the color of the text and background from black-on-white to white-on-black. The ability to reverse color (also known as color inversion) improves readability for some users.
Two levels of text magnification will be available.
Magnifies images, such as photographs and graphs.
Click anywhere within the image to enlarge or to return to original size.
State board sponsorship for Step 3 discontinued
Posted: October 14, 2013
Updated: October 22, 2014
With the introduction of the restructured Step 3 examination in 2014, the USMLE program no longer requires examinees to apply for Step 3 under the eligibility requirements of a specific medical licensing authority.
All other Step 3 eligibility requirements (i.e., medical degree, passing Steps 1-2, ECFMG certification for IMGs) remain applicable, as do all other USMLE program requirements (e.g., no more than 6 attempts at a Step or a Step component).
Note: Removing state board sponsorship as part of the Step 3 examination application does not impact medical licensing requirements in the United States. Most medical licensing authorities have, and will continue to maintain, specific criteria for completion of the USMLE, such as time and attempt limits. A summary of these requirements can be found on the Federation of State Medical Boards website.
At this time, there are no plans for the USMLE program to impose a minimum residency training requirement as part of the Step 3 eligibility criteria. However, the USMLE program will likely continue to recommend that individuals take Step 3 at or near the completion of the first year of residency training.
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