This announcement describes a change in the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination minimum passing score that will affect examinees testing on or after July 1, 2014.
At its May 2014 meeting, the USMLE Management Committee conducted a review of the Step 2 CK 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 2014;
- 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 2 CK examination;
- Data on trends in examinee performance;
- Data on precision of pass/fail classifications.
As a result of its review, the Management Committee decided to raise the recommended Step 2 CK minimum passing score from 203 to 209.
This change will be applied to Step 2 CK examinees testing on or after July 1, 2014.