How is USMLE Step 2 CS scored?
The USMLE Step 2 CS exam is scored only as pass/fail. In order to pass the exam, you must pass all three subcomponents of the test in the same administration: Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP), and Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE). The passing rate for the Step 2 CS for examinees from the United States and Canada is 97%, whereas the passing rate from examinees outside the US and Canada is 78%.
When and how will I receive my Step 2 CS scores?
USMLE Step 2 CS scores are released based on the USMLE’s Reporting Schedule. Scores for Step 2 CS are also released on Wednesdays, within the Score Reporting timetable. For testing periods in 2020, the original score reporting calendar for Step 2 CS is as follows:
|Testing Period||Reporting Start Date||Reporting End Date|
|January 1 – January 25||March 4||March 25|
|January 26 – March 28||April 29||May 27|
|March 29 – May 23*||June 24||July 22|
|May 24 – July 18||August 19||September 16|
|July 19 – September 12||October 14||November 11|
|September 13 – November 7||December 16||January 13, 2021|
|November 8 – December 31||February 3, 2021||February 24, 2021|
These scoring timetables allow you to plan your exam scheduling to receive results on time for meeting deadlines, such as participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or deadlines related to graduation from your medical school.
Please check the USMLE’s website for updates regarding score reporting, eligibility periods, etc. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What happens if I fail Step 2 CS?
If you fail Step 2 CS, you are able to retake the exam after re-applying, as long as you still meet all eligibility requirements. This exam, like the rest of the Steps, can be taken up to six times in total; however, be aware that failing grades will remain part of your record. It is thus recommended to only take the exam when you are fully prepared and to meet the necessary timelines for your program. In addition, since Step 2 CS is only offered at certain testing centers in the United States, it is recommended (especially for IMGs) to make sure you are fully prepared as having to retake this exam will require you to go through the visa application process again as well. 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.