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USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines – updated version available now

Posted: May 14, 2018

An updated version of the USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines (SIG) has been posted to the USMLE website. Topics include:

  • Description of Examinations
  • Understanding Your Score
  • Recent Means and Standard Deviations (SDs), 2015-2017
    • 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 are updated annually. Because percentile ranks depend on the cohort of examinees, you should always use the most recent norm table to obtain percentile ranks.


Is my test center open?

Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: September 21, 2018

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).


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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