What percent correct is considered a passing score on your program?

A common question that we receive is: “What percent correct is considered a passing score on your program?” Essentially, how will my scores on your program translate to a score on the real USMLE Step 3 exam. There is a Pass / Fail cut off for the USMLE Step 3 exam in total. That number is 196 – This includes the multiple choice part of the test. However, there is no “Pass / Fail” cut off for each individual case.

There are 13 CCS cases that you will have to complete on test day. Each case is worth between 2% -2.5% of your total grade.

You don’t pass or fail each case. There isn’t a cut off. Your scores are compiled into a total score and then combined with your multiple choice and given a final numeric value. If you get above a 196, you pass the USMLE Step 3 exam.

Your grade read out will look like this regarding the Step 3 CCS portion of the exam:

If you would like the “xxxxxx” or range of your performance to be on the “Higher Performance,” we’d recommend to attempt to achieve a basic competence of 80% or above on each of the cases. 

Some people come to us and are very upset that they didn’t get 100% passing score on each exam. They say that our program is flawed and that in the real world the treatment they offered is top-notch and they should be allotted 100% because of their expertise in handling the case. We kindly remind them that the CCS Cases program is not real life. There are things that are graded in the program that you would likely not do in real life. Remember, it is likely a computer that is grading your performance (just like our program), so we recommend getting used to it!

Once you are finished and have successfully passed your test, you can go back and practice the way you feel most comfortable, but our product is not designed to train you to practice on real people. Our product is designed for you to pass and do well on the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases! Ideally, it would be one and the same, but realistically, they are two separate skills.

If you’d like to try out our program, click here to download free trial version of our software.