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  • Step 1 – Delay in score reporting
    Posted: January 18, 2019
    Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 5, 2019.

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    Is my test center open?
    Posted: January 13, 2016
    Updated: January 16, 2019

    Occasionally test centers close due to weather-related events or other emergencies. To check on the status of your test center, 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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  • New score report format – USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations
    Posted: January 16, 2019
    A redesigned version of the USMLE Step 3 examination score was implemented for examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018. The new format is now being implemented for the Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations. Examinees taking Step 1 and Step 2 CK on or after January 15, 2019 will receive the new score report.

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    Final diagnosis screen removed from Step 3 CCS cases
    Posted: December 10, 2018
    Updated: January 11, 2019

    Step 3 examinees will no longer be asked to enter information regarding a final diagnosis before ending a computer-based case simulation (CCS) case. Most examinees who test on or after January 1, 2019 will not see the final diagnosis screen at the end of a CCS case. 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 6 weeks.

    This change does not affect t...
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  • USMLE score reporting schedule
    Posted: December 19, 2018
    USMLE scores will be released as regularly scheduled on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) score reports only will be released on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

    Regularly scheduled score reporting for all USMLE exams will resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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    Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination now available
    Posted: November 16, 2018
    Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 3 examination should read the new materials and practice with the sample items on the USMLE website. They include:
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  • Step 2 CS videos available
    Posted: November 05, 2018
    Brief videos depicting reenactments by actors of actual examinee performances on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination are now available. The names of the examinees and standardized patients have been changed. All videos are less than two minutes in length.
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    New score report format – USMLE Step 3 examination
    Posted: October 03, 2018
    Updated: October 23, 2018

    The USMLE Step 3 examination score report has been redesigned to reflect both advances in the underlying science of assessment and changes to the USMLE program over time.  Examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018 will receive score reports in the new format.
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  • Step 1 and Step 2 CK – score delays in 2019
    Posted: September 28, 2018
    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. Please be aware that examinees testing during the following dates may experience delays in score reporting:
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    Step 3 – delay in score reporting in 2019
    Posted: September 27, 2018
    If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 27, 2019 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2018.
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  • 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 e...
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    Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) minimum passing score
    Posted: February 13, 2018
    Updated: May 23, 2018

    The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every 3 to 4 years.
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    Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring

    Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring
    Learn about complex issues involved in USMLE numeric scoring, which will be considered at the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) in March 2019. More

    What is USMLE?

    The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

    The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.

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    USMLE Bulletin of Information

    The Bulletin includes information on all aspects of USMLE, such as eligibility requirements, scheduling test dates, testing, and score reporting. You must review and become familiar with the Bulletin before completing your application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), or Step 3. Start reading the Bulletin of Information »

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