Review of USMLE Step 1 Minimum Passing Performance

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The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Step Committees are responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and are asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.

 

For the 2013 Step 1 review, information from multiple sources will be considered, including:

 Results of content-based standard setting exercises conducted with three independent groups of physicians in 2013;
• 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;
• Score precision and its effect on the pass/fail outcome.

The Step 1 Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 1 examination at its meeting onDecember 9-10, 2013.

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 1 examination on or after January 1, 2014. The decision of the Step 1 Committee will be posted at the USMLE website.

 

For full announcement, you may visit: http://usmle.org

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