Have you passed the USMLE exam?


As already mentioned in the overview, Step 1 and Step 2CK are stored on the computer. The organizing company "Prometric" operates a worldwide network of test centers in which exams from all specialist areas can be taken. In addition to the USMLE, IT certifications, the TOEFL test, the American SAT and many other tests can be completed there.

Due to the fact that you can take the steps mentioned on almost any day of the year (see below for exceptions!), It rarely happens that you sit in the test center with other USMLE candidates. However, “test takers” from other disciplines often complete their respective exams in the same room.

NOTE: USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK, and 3 cannot be taken in the first two weeks of January! In addition, the Prometric Centers are closed on weekends and most local holidays.

The picture on the right shows a typical workstation in a Prometric test center. This usually has orange soundproof headphones that are very soundproof. However, it also puts quite a lot of pressure on the ears and temples. There is also a pair of headphones at the workplace. With this the multimedia tasks are answered (e.g. recognizing heart murmurs). At the entrance you will also be given a pack of ear plugs. Since the computer rooms are also insulated by soundproof glass and thick walls, you shouldn't worry about any noise pollution.

At the entrance you have to identify yourself, stow ALL personal items in a locker and have a short photo taken. Then the staff will check again whether you have anything in your pockets or socks. A quick scan with a metal detector (like at an airport) is also part of the routine. Last but not least, you get two slides including pens for notes and are allowed to enter the room. Then enter your candidate identification number (from the scheduling permit - see also “Information on registration”) on the assigned computer and start the test. The latter is divided into 7 blocks with 46 multiple choice questions each. It is preceded by an introduction that gives an overview of all the functions of the program. However, since you can already do this block at home (http://www.usmle.org/practice-materials/index.html), you should skip this introduction (with the exception of the headphone test!). This gives you 15 minutes of additional break time!

Then it starts: You have 60 minutes for 46 questions. Under no circumstances may you leave the room during such a block. Once you have completed the block, you will be taken to a page that lists the remaining break time and the remaining exam time. You can then decide whether to take a break (you can leave the room here) or start with the next block. In any case, you only have 60 minutes per 46 questions. However, if you need less than 60 minutes and end the block early, this time will be credited as an additional break time.




The results of Step 1 will be received approx. 3 weeks later. An email then tells you that you can call up your "Score Report" at https://oasis2.ecfmg.org/. The result obtained is shown with a three-digit number. You have passed from around 180 points. However, 200 points are not to be equated with 200 correctly answered questions. Rather, a subsequent statistical evaluation of the individual tasks is included in the calculation of this number. How exactly this works is a secret.

Most examinees achieve a score between 140 and 260 - the mean value is in the range from 215 to 235. With the definitive mean value and the standard deviation on the score report, you can calculate your percentiles (e.g. at http://medstudentbooks.com/usmle -step-1-percentile-calculator /) - but not the percentage of correctly answered questions!

In addition, the second page of the Score Report provides information on the performance in the individual departments. The pages of a typical score report are shown on the right.