USMLE Scoring

Breaking the Magic: The USMLE Three-Digit Score

How does the USMLE generate a three-digit score? Here’s the basic methodology.

(May 4, 2021)

How is the three-digit USMLE score calculated?

The NBME does not disclose how it generates an examinee’s three digit USMLE score from the percentage of items answered correctly. But I stumbled upon an important clue from the psychometric literature that sheds some light on how this is done for USMLE Step 2 CK.

(January 13, 2020)

Why Can’t I Retake USMLE Step 1?

It’s a question I’m often asked. But there’s a fundamental difference between the USMLE and other tests used for admission, and this explains why there are no re-takes.

(September 7, 2019)

A peek inside the USMLE sausage factory: setting the Step 1 minimum passing score

Why is the minimum passing score for Step 1 frequently increased? First, we’ve got to understand how the passing standard is set. Come along on a journey to see how the sausages are made.

(January 20, 2019)