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There are a couple of important changes to the USMLE Step 1 exam that you will need to consider as you study.
DSM-5 Criteria and Terminology
The USMLE has begun to incorporate new information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) into the USMLE exams. The transition to the new material will begin this year and may take several years to fully implement.
Immediate changes include the removal of diagnoses that no longer appear in the DSM. Exams will no longer include these diagnoses.
Scoring Changes for the USMLE Step 1 Exam
The USMLE Step 1 Committee has raised the recommended Step 1 minimun passing score from 188 to 192. This change affects anyone taking the exam after January 1, 2014.
For more information on changes to the USMLE Step 1 exam, visit their website at www.usmle.org.