How is USMLE Step 2 CK scored?
The USMLE Step 2 CK exam is reported on a 3-digit scale. The current minimum passing score for Step 2 CK is 209. The passing rate for examinees from US or Canadian medical schools for the Step 2 CK is 95%. The passing rate for examinees from outside the US and Canada is 71%.
When and how will I receive my Step 2 CK scores?
USMLE Step 2 CK scores, like those for Steps 1 and 3, are typically available from your registration entity’s website 3-4 weeks after your exam takes place. Scores are released on Wednesdays and remain available to you for about 120 days, after which point they can only be obtained in the form of an official transcript (for a fee).
Using these estimated timelines, you can organize your exam schedule in order to receive your scores on time for meeting deadlines, such as participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or deadlines related to graduation from your medical school.
Why might my scores be delayed?
There are a number of reasons why your scores may be delayed. Several quality assurance steps are followed in order to ensure that the processing and scoring of your examination are secure. In addition, significant test changes or any irregular behavior or other issues at your test site can lead to delays. Any announcements of widespread delays will be posted on the USMLE’s website.
What happens if I fail Step 2 CK?
If you fail Step 2 CK, you can retake the exam after re-applying, as long as you still meet all eligibility requirements. You may take both parts of Step 2 up to six times total; however, be aware that failing grades will remain a part of your record, so it is recommended to wait to take the exam until you are fully prepared and think you will be able to achieve the passing score you want. Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS must be passed in order to be eligible to take Step 3.
Please note: step attempt limits will be reduced from 6 attempts to 4 attempts as early as January 2021.