The increase in the number of items in this test content category on the Step 1 examination will be implemented beginning in October 2020

It is important to note that communications is not a new content area for Step 1. When the change occurs, examinees can anticipate a small increase in the number of communication questions, but are not expected to be familiar with a new content area.

An increase in the number of items in these test content categories on the Step 2 CK examination will be implemented beginning in November 2020.

It is important to note that systems-based practice, patient safety, and legal/ethical issues, and professionalism are not a new content areas for Step 2 CK. When the change occurs, examinees can anticipate a small increase in the number of questions in these content areas, but are not expected to be familiar with a new content area.