Minimum Passing Score

A minimum score is required to pass USMLE Step 2. The minimum passing level is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time. The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing score for each Step. Medical licensing authorities may accept the recommended pass/ fail result, or they may establish their own passing score. While the percentage of correctly answered multiple-choice items required to pass varies from form to form, typically you must answer 55 to 65 percent of items correctly to achieve a passing score. A statistical procedure ensures that the performance required to pass each test form is equivalent to that needed to pass other forms; this process also places scores from different forms on a common scale.

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