USMLE® Step 3 Scores

How is USMLE Step 3 scored?

The USMLE Step 3 exam is reported on a 3-digit scale. The current minimum passing score for Step 2 CK is 198 (updated in January 2020).

When and how will I receive my Step 3 scores?

USMLE Step 3 scores are available from the Step 3 candidate website about four weeks after your exam takes place. As is true with other Steps, scores are released on Wednesdays (you will be notified via email). Your Step 3 score report will remain available for 365 days, after which point your scores will only be available via official USMLE transcript, for a fee.

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 3?

If you fail Step 3, you can retake the exam after re-applying as long as you still meet all eligibility requirements. As is true for the other Steps, you may take Step 3 up to six times total as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

Please note: step attempt limits will be reduced from 6 attempts to 4 attempts as early as January 2021.

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