St. George’s University students who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2012 achieved a 97 percent pass rate, marking the fourth consecutive year that SGU’s overall first-time pass rate on the examination surpassed 90 percent. These students have come to SGU from 37 countries, with Canadian students achieving an impressive 100 percent pass rate.
St. George’s 2012 performance on USMLE Step 1 was an improvement on the outstanding results from 2011, a year in which SGU first-time test takers achieved a pass rate of 95 percent overall and 96 percent among those from the US and Canada. By contrast, the first-time taker pass rate for students at US and Canadian schools was 94 percent in 2011, according to the USMLE website. US and Canadian schools’ pass rate for 2012 is still unavailable.
Designed to measure basic science knowledge, the USMLE Step 1 is comprised of more than 300 multiple-choice questions on topics ranging from the biology of cells and human development to the central nervous, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems, among others. A passing score on all three parts of the USMLE is required to practice medicine in the US.