USMLE Score FAQs: Pass or Fail?

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USMLE score reports and transcripts show your scores (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) and an indication of whether you passed or failed (for all examinations). You will receive two different scores on the front of your report which basically reflects your overall performance on the examination: one on a 3-digit score scale and one on a 2-digit score scale.

Why are there two different scores on the front of the report?

There are two equivalent scores mainly because both scales are used for score reporting purposes.  The three-digit score is regarded as the main score while the two-digit score is provided to fulfil the legal requirements of some state medical boards that utilize the score of 75 as the minimum passing average.

What is the passing score for the USMLE?

With the exception of Step 2 CS (which is reported as Pass/Fail), USMLE score results are reported on a 3-digit scale and a 2-digit scale.

On the 2-digit scale, the minimum passing score is always 75. On the 3-digit scale, the current minimum passing scores are as follows:

Step 1: 188
Step 2 CK: 189
Step 3: 190

The relationship between the 2-digit and 3-digit scales can be viewed in the score conversion table  which shows the 3-digit score(s) that corresponds approximately to a specific 2-digit score on recently administered Step 1 (since January 1, 2010), Step 2 CK (since July 1, 2010), and Step 3 (since May 1, 2008) examinations.

Remember, the table only applies for results reported on the specified dates. Both scores reflect your overall performance on the examination.

 

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