STEP 2 CS pass rate initially taggeg at 83 % for FMGs / IMGs

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    PRELIMINARY SUMMARY OF RESULTS FOR USMLE STEP 2 CS RELEASED BY USMLE
    PROGRAM

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    PRELIMINARY SUMMARY OF RESULTS FOR USMLE STEP 2 CS RELEASED BY USMLE
    PROGRAM

    The following information, which has been released by the USMLE program,
    is also available on the USMLE website at www.usmle.org.

    Summaries of examinee counts and pass rates for the USMLE program are
    typically updated once a year, with data reported for examinee groups
    testing over a 12 month period. This approach provides a broad picture
    of trends, using data that reflect the overall performance for large,
    stable, and meaningful groups of students and graduates. However, it is
    recognized that Step 2 CS represents a significant change to the USMLE
    program, and there is a high level of interest on the part of examinees,
    medical schools, state licensing authorities and others to receive some
    initial feedback on the impact of this examination. It is for this
    reason that a preliminary summary of Step 2 CS results is being
    provided.

    The Step 2 CS examination was implemented on June 14, 2004. Through the
    middle of March 2005, results were sent to approximately 17,700
    examinees. About half of these examinees were students of US and
    Canadian medical schools, and about half were students or graduates of
    international medical schools. The overall pass rate for these US and
    Canadian students was 96% and the overall pass rate for these
    international students and graduates was 83%. It is important to note,
    however, that these values are for those examinees who took Step 2 CS
    during the first months of Step 2 CS testing, and that it is likely that
    these values will change as the examinee group grows.


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