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USMLE Step 1 Transition to Pass/Fail Only Score Reporting Begins With Exams Taken on or after Jan. 26, 2022

Posted: September 15, 2021

USMLE Step 1 score reporting will transition from a numeric score and pass/fail outcome to pass/fail only for exams taken on or after January 26, 2022. The USMLE program views this change as an important first step toward facilitating broader, system-wide changes to improve the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education.

Dates for USMLE Step 1 Transition to Pass/Fail Only
Transition Begins with Exams Taken on or after January 26, 2022

To receive a numeric score, examinees must take their exam on or before January 25, 2022*

Step 1 Exams

Test on or before Jan. 25, 2022
(Please schedule your appointment with Prometric well in advance of your desired test date)

Test on or after Jan. 26, 2022
(Schedule your exam date for on or after Jan. 26, 2022)

Score Reports

Numeric score and pass/fail outcome

Pass/fail outcome only


Numeric score and pass/fail outcome

Pass/fail outcome only


* For multi-day exams, the date of the first day of testing will determine score reporting.
**Includes transcripts produced by NBME, ECFMG, FSMB and through Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

View Example January 26, 2022 Score Reports

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Step 3 – scheduled delay in score reporting

Posted: September 01, 2021

If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 16, 2022 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2021
Most Step 3 scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test in early 2022. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for examinees testing in January and February 2022 is Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
No USMLE Step 3 examinations will be administered January 1-14, 2022. 

New USMLE app for reporting potential exam security violations

Posted: August 30, 2021

USMLE exam security helps promote a testing environment where no examinee has an unfair advantage. It also helps to control increases in exam fees by minimizing the number of items removed from USMLE due to potential exposure. Our security program's goal is to protect the integrity of USMLE, which aims to ensure safe and effective patient care.

To further minimize potential violations, the USMLE program is now offering an app called STOPit, which enables examinees to anonymously report suspected security violations.   
You may visit Apple or Google Play Store to download the free mobile app. Use access code: USMLE-TIP.  A browser-enabled reporting tool is also available. 

The STOPit mobile app allows users to:  

  • Anonymously report incidents in real time  
  • Submit documents, photos, and video evidence  
  • Engage in two-way anonymous communication in follow-up to a report 
  • Connect with USMLE staff regarding exam security incidents 

Please help maintain the integrity of USMLE by downloading the new app.  We encourage anyone with knowledge of any activities that may compromise USMLE test items to submit this information through the STOPit app.
If you have questions about the STOPit app, please contact the Office of the USMLE Secretariat at webmail@nbme.org

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