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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.


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:

New this year:  A brief video tutorial demonstrating the features and functionalities found in Primum®, the software with which examinees interact during the computer-based case simulations (CCS) part of the Step 3 exam.


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.

You can view them here. These videos provide examples of an actual examinee performance at an acceptable level, and may be helpful to individuals preparing to take the exam.


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