USMLE Scores – The 8 Basic Truths

It is normal for first time takers of the United States Medical Licensing Exam Steps to feel anxious about the scoring system. If you are a medical student who managed to get your first peek at your USMLE scores, you will naturally wonder what the figures really mean. You have to then dedicate more time in surfing the web and researching the scoring system before you get the answers to your questions. To help conserve your time, below are the 8 basic truths about USMLE Scoring.

1. Usually, the results are posted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) reporting system within four weeks of the USMLE Step 1 by the National Board of Medical Examination (NBME). Should there be a delay, the NBME will inform the public by announcing it through their official website as well as via printed ads.

2. Scoring reports are delivered using two numeric scores; three digit-score and two-digit score scales. The three-digit score is regarded as the main score while the two-digit score is provided to fulfill the legal requirements of some state medical boards that utilizes the score of 75 as the minimum passing average. Recently though, NBME announced that starting July 1, 2011, that they will no longer include the two-digit score scale but instead continue to report USMLE step scores using the three-digit score scale. The organization emphasized that this modifications does not alter the point of reference for passing nor change the difficulty of the questions.

3. The national average Step 1 score is between 215 and 220.

4. You should pass Steps 1, 2 CK, and 2 CS before your residency match is determined. In some cases, however, you may be able to match in the “Early Match” also known as the “San Francisco Match” having only taken the Step 1 exam. The Early Match only applied to certain medical specialties.

5. A medical student will not be able to get his medical degree Vegasgoal if he is not able to pass all of the applicable USMLE Steps.

6. When you get a three-digit score of 182, based on current United States Medical Licensing Examination scoring, this is equivalent to a passing rate which is 75

7. A medical student will not be able to practice the profession of medicine without passing all four steps of US Medical Licensing Examination.

8. Medical graduates who passed the Steps 1 and 2 CK and CS are provided a training license valid for up to 3 years. The graduate must be able to pass USMLE Step 3 in order to obtain a permanent license to practice medicine.

These 8 truths are just a rough summary of what USMLE scoring is all about. We hope that these updated numbers will give you goal score to shoot for while taking practice exams and working on question bank questions as well as when taking your NBME shelf exams. Based on the experience of many students, the best way to truly achieve USMLE success is through sustainable planning and preparation throughout your medical school career.