USMLE Abandons Plan for Shorter Tests After Backlash

Medscape (06/09/20) Frellick, Marcia

The U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) has discarded plans to offer a shorter test to certain students taking Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge exams, following a backlash from examinees on social media. "We recognize that reduced-length testing for all examinees may be desirable, but we are unable to sustain the quality of the USMLE program on behalf of state medical boards without unscored questions," said a spokesperson for the National Board of Medical Examiners. "The use of unscored questions is a standardized practice for professional licensure and other assessments to maintain the quality and fairness of those assessments." Some opponents said that learners taking shorter exams would be granted an unfair advantage on a test that can significantly affect their path as physicians.

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