USMLE Updates & Research

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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

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

Comprehensive Review of USMLE

The Composite Committee, which establishes policies for the USMLE program, initiated the Comprehensive Review of USMLE (CRU) in January 2004. This multiyear review has led to a series of modifications to test content representation, to changes in a number of existing test formats, and to developmental efforts intended to expand the types of competencies addressed by USMLE.

Final Report of the Committee to Evaluate the USMLE (CEUP) June 2008

Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (INCUS)

Summary Report and Preliminary Recommendations from the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) March 2019


USMLE Statement on Coalition for Physician Accountability’s UME-to-GME Committee (UGRC) Final Recommendations September 22, 2021


Recent publications can be found in USMLE co-sponsor NBME’s research library. 

A listing of additional USMLE-related publications from 2009-2017 is also available.