Change in minimum passing score for Step 1

The minimum passing score for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time.

At its November 2017 meeting, the USMLE Management Committee conducted a review of the Step 1 examination minimum passing score. During the meeting, the Committee considered information from multiple sources, including:

  • Recommendations from independent groups of physicians who participated in content-based standard-setting activities in 2017;
  • Results of surveys of various groups (e.g., state licensing representatives, medical school faculty, examinees) concerning the appropriateness of current passing requirements for the Step 1 examination;
  • Data on trends in examinee performance;
  • Data on the precision of pass/fail classifications.

As a result of its review, the USMLE Management Committee decided to raise the recommended Step 1 minimum passing score from 192 to 194.

This change will affect examinees who take a Step 1 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2018.

To know more about the changes you can speak with one of our advisors by clicking here

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