Spring 2015
Facts and Figures

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Students excel on Step 1 exams

U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations are administered to students at three different points during the four years of medical school.

Typically, medical students take the STEP 1 exam at the end of the second year as they move from the classroom into the clinical settings of clerkship rotations. Students must achieve the nationally established minimum passing score on STEP 1 before they can complete the required clerkship rotations.

Figure 1 shows the performance of all first-time test takers from the School of Medicine over the past five years on the STEP 1 exam administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners. The average score achieved by School of Medicine students is compared to the nationally reported average score for all first-time test takers from U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

Figure 2 illustrates pass rates for first-time test takers from the School of Medicine and nationally for the past five years.

Figure 1

U.S. Medical Licensing Examiners STEP 1 Scores: University of Nevada School of Medicine vs. National, 2010-2014. Minimum passing score was 180 in years 2010-2013; 192 in 2014. Source: National Board of Medical Examiners Annual Summary Reports.

U.S. Medical Licensing Examiners STEP 1 Scores

Figure 2

U.S. Medical Licensing Examiners STEP 1 Percentage Pass Rates: University of Nevada School of Medicine vs. National, 2010-2014. Source: National Board of Medical Examiners Annual Summary Reports.

U.S. Medical Licensing Examiners STEP 1 Percentage Pass Rates