Minimum passing score

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Posted by Kiwi from IP on June 18, 2010 at 18:47:13:

At its June 2010 meeting, the Step 2 Committee conducted a review of minimum passing requirements for Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK). During the meeting, the Step 2 Committee considered information from multiple sources, including: 1) results of content-based standard setting exercises conducted in 2010 with two independent groups of physicians; 2) results of surveys of various groups (e.g., state licensing representatives, medical school faculty, samples of examinees) concerning the appropriateness of current pass/fail standards for Step examinations; 3) trends in examinee performance; and 4) score precision and its effect on the pass/fail decision.

As a result of its review, the Step 2 Committee decided to raise the three-digit score recommended to pass Step 2 CK from 184 to 189. In addition, the Committee decided to closely monitor performance trends in the coming year and to re-examine minimum passing requirements in 2011.

The new minimum passing score will be applied to Step 2 CK examinations for which the first day of testing is on or after July 1, 2010.

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