USMLE Administration, Minimum Passing Scores, and Performance

Continuous test administration of the USMLE is available to all examinees. For Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3, which are the computer-based testing (CBT) components of the USMLE program, test scheduling and delivery are provided by Prometric. These CBT examinations are currently administered at more than 345 US/Canadian Prometric test centers and approximately 110 international Prometric test centers. Additional test centers are located at six medical schools in the United States. The Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations are administered worldwide; the Step 3 examination is administered only in the United States.

Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is a standardized patient (SP) examination. Scheduling and test delivery for Step 2 CS is provided by the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC). There are five CSEC centers.

For each of the Step examinations, once the registration process is completed, applicants make their own appointment to take the examination at a location and time most convenient to their schedule. Examination results are processed continuously, and scores are reported weekly. Most examinees taking the computer-based Step examinations receive their scores approximately three to four weeks after their test date. For Step 2 CS, examinees receive their results in approximately eight weeks but this length of time may vary for some individuals because of the scoring and quality assurance steps associated with this component of USMLE. The schedule for reporting Step 2 CS results is published on the USMLE website. Individual score reports are made available to examinees via a secure website.

A pass or fail result is provided, as a USMLE recommendation, for each examinee. Passing results are based on achievement of specified levels of proficiency established prior to administration of examinations. Statistical procedures are employed to insure that for each Step, the level of proficiency required to pass remains uniform across forms of the examination. As noted in the USMLE Bulletin of Information, the score required to meet the recommended level of proficiency is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted without prior notice. Notice of adjustments is posted in the USMLE Announcements. The  USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines provides score interpretation information for Step 1, Step CK and Step 3 examinations.

Step 1

Details on the numbers and overall performance of examinees taking USMLE in the past 2 years are provided below.

usmle step 1
* Represents data for examinees tested in 2015 and reported through February 3, 2016.
** ‘Repeaters’ represents examinations given, not number of examinees.

 

Step 2 CK

usmle step 2 ck

* Data for Step 2 CK are provided for examinees tested during the period of July 1 to June 30.
** ‘Repeaters’ represents examinations given, not number of examinees.

 

Step 2 CS

Step 2 CS

* Data for Step CS are provided for examinees tested during the period of July 1 through June 30.
** ‘Repeaters’ represents examinations given, not number of examinees.
‡ Performance data not reported for categories containing fewer than 5 examinees.

 

Step 3

Step 3

* Represents data for examinees who tested in 2015 and reported through February 3, 2016.
** ‘Repeaters’ represents examinations given, not number of examinees.
† Performance data not reported for categories containing fewer than 5 examinees.
N/A – not applicable.