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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.


Step 1 and Step 2 CK – score delays in 2020

Posted: September 04, 2019

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:

  • Step 1 examinees testing early May through early July 2020 - more specific information will be posted January 2020
  • Step 2 CK examinees testing late June through late August 2020 - more specific information will be posted March 2020

Why is this important to know?

If you need to receive a score before a certain date, plan to take that exam before the projected score delay windows to avoid missing deadlines.


Review of USMLE Step 3 minimum passing performance

Posted: September 03, 2019

The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 3 examination at its meeting on December 4-5, 2019. The Management Committee includes physicians drawn from medical education and licensing as well as members of the public.

The committee establishes and monitors Step 3 performance and completes an in-depth review of the minimum passing standard for each USMLE Step or its component every three to four years.

For the 2019 Step 3 review, information from multiple sources will be considered, including:

  • Results of content-based standard setting exercises conducted with three independent groups of physicians in 2019;
  • Results of surveys of various groups (e.g., state licensing representatives, medical school faculty, samples of examinees) concerning the appropriateness of current pass/fail standards for Step examinations;
  • Trends in examinee performance; and
  • Measurement precision near the cut score.

If the Committee determines that a change to the minimum passing score is appropriate, the new recommended minimum passing score will become effective for all examinees who take a Step 3 examination on or after January 1, 2020. The decision of the Committee will be posted at the USMLE website.


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