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    • Change in minimum passing score for Step 3
      Posted: December 09, 2019
      The recommended Step 3 minimum passing score will change from 196 to 198. This change will affect examinees who take a Step 3 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2020.
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      USMLE score reporting schedule
      Posted: December 02, 2019
      Scores for all USMLE Step examinations will be released as regularly scheduled on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Scores for all USMLE Step examinations will also be released on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. 

      Only Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) score reports will be released on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. 
      All USMLE scores will be released as regularly scheduled on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.


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    • USMLE review focuses on patient individuality
      Posted: November 26, 2019
      Mitigating bias and eliminating unjustified patient stereotypes are important initiatives in teaching, learning and assessment. Concerns about bias have been raised in the academic literature, the media, among students and faculty at schools of medicine, and by patients.
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      USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK: Increase in number of items in existing content categories scheduled for mid-2020
      Posted: November 05, 2019
      The current Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examinations include questions assessing systems-based practice and patient safety, communication skills, and legal/ethical skills and professionalism. Beginning in mid-2020, the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examinations will include an increased number of questions assessing communication skills, system-based practice and patient safety, and legal/ethical skills and professionalism. The length of the testing days for Step 1 and Step 2 CK will not change.
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    • Possible changes to USMLE scores – continuing the discussion
      Posted: October 08, 2019
      A podcast featuring two members of the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) planning committee, Dr. Michael Barone, Vice President of Licensure Programs for NBME, and Dave Johnson, Senior Vice President, Assessment Services for the Federation of State Medical Boards, is now available. They discuss themes from the public comments, upcoming improvements to USMLE, and insight into the vision for the program.

      You can listen to the podcast here.


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      Computer-assisted scoring coming to Step 2 CS
      Posted: September 26, 2019
      The United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) program is committed to applying the best available technology and the most current assessment practices to ensure accuracy and validity for all its examination programs. Beginning October 2019, computer-assisted scoring technology will be used to score patient notes created by examinees for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination.


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    • Step 3 – delay in score reporting
      Posted: September 23, 2019
      If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 25, 2020 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2019.


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      Is my test center open?
      Posted: January 13, 2016
      Updated: September 18, 2019

       For updates on the impact of weather or other conditions on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) and the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).
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    • Step 1 and Step 2 CK – score delays in 2020
      Posted: September 04, 2019
      Most Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pools, delays occur for examinees who test at certain times of the year.


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      Review of USMLE Step 3 minimum passing performance
      Posted: September 03, 2019
      The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 3 examination at its meeting on December 4-5, 2019. The Management Committee includes physicians drawn from medical education and licensing as well as members of the public.


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    • USMLE scoring: An ongoing conversation
      Posted: May 02, 2019
      At the March 2019 Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS), stakeholders from organizations within the house of medicine discussed USMLE’s score reporting, both its primary use for licensure as well as secondary uses in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Read the latest update about the InCUS experience and timeline.

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      New videos: “Your USMLE Journey to Medical Licensure in the U.S.” and “Who is USMLE?”
      Posted: April 19, 2019
      Two new videos about the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program are now available for students, examinees, medical school faculty, and others.


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