Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Content Distribution Changes

Updated: July 20, 2020
Posted: July 20, 2020

On May 15, the USMLE program announced that content distribution changes on Step 1 and Step 2 CK would be delayed until at least September 2020 because of the impact COVID-19 has had on USMLE testing. Below is the current timetable for implementing these changes:

  • Beginning in October 2020, Step 1 will increase the number of items assessing communication skills.
  • Beginning in November 2020, Step 2 CK will increase the number of items assessing systems-based practice, patient safety, legal/ethical issues, and professionalism.

In mid-August, we will provide updated practice materials and more information about the schedule for rollout of these changes, including the timeline for reporting scores.