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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.

The redesigned report features a chart showing an examinee’s performance compared with recent first-time takers from US and Canadian medical schools, the examinee’s performance in individual content areas relative to their overall Step 3 performance, and information about the allocation of items across each content area.

You can view the new score report here [Understanding Your Step 3 Score Report]. Click on the comment boxes for explanatory/informational text. FAQs about the score report are also available.

The USMLE program solicited feedback on the new design from a number of stakeholders, including examinees, medical school faculty, and residency program directors.

The new examinee score report format will be implemented for Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examinations in early 2019. A new score report format for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination is under development.

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Is my test center open?

Posted: January 13, 2016
Updated: March 15, 2019

 For updates on the impact of winter weather 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).

Response options in practice sessions – method for striking out

Posted: March 08, 2019

Examinees can prepare for the Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 exams by using the free practice materials available here. They may also, for a fee, sign up for a practice session at a Prometric center.
Examinees who take practice exams at Prometric centers on or after March 13, 2019 may find that the method for striking out response options in the practice session is slightly different from the method they will use in the actual exam.

If you take a practice exam at a Prometric center on or after March 13, 2019, you may see a strikeout feature that functions this way:

To strikeout a response option:
  1. Click anywhere in the option text.
  2. To remove the strikeout, click anywhere in the option text.
When you take an actual exam or use the free practice material on usmle.org, the strikeout feature will function this way:

To strikeout a response option:
  1. Click and drag over the option text.
  2. To remove the strikeout, click anywhere in the option text.

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