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Examination Results and Scoring 

The USMLE program provides a recommended pass or fail outcome on all Step examinations. Recommended performance standards for the USMLE are based on a specified level of proficiency. As a result, no predetermined percentage of examinees will pass or fail the examination. The recommended minimum passing level is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time. Notice of such review and any adjustments will be posted at the USMLE website.  

On the examinations containing multiple-choice items, the percentages of correctly answered items required to pass varies by Step and from form to form within each Step. However, examinees typically must answer approximately 60 percent of items correctly to achieve a passing score. 

For Step 3, your performance on the case simulations will affect your Step 3 score and could affect whether you pass or fail. The proportional contribution of the score on the case simulations is no greater than the amount of time you are given to complete the case simulations. 

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Examination Performance Data

Every year, the NBME publishes performance data for each of the exams. You can view excerpts of performance data here. 

 Score Interpretation Guidelines

USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines provide score interpretation information for Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 3 examinations.