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S'up everybody, look at this announcement posted today on usmle.org

Step 1 - Delay in score reporting and change in number of test items

Posted: March 03, 2016

Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, as well as a change to new test delivery software, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 9, 2016.

The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 9 through late June will be Wednesday, July 13, 2016. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 13, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than May 7.
During this time period, a transition will occur in the number of items in current forms of the Step 1 examination. The total number of items will decrease from 308 to 280. Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks. Please note the following:
Scores on new and old exam forms will be comparable; the decrease in the number of items per form will be accounted for in scoring the examination results.
The length of the examination day will remain unchanged. The test day will continue to be divided into seven 60-minute item blocks, an optional 15-minute tutorial, and 45 minutes of break time, for a total of 8 hours.
The number of items per block will decrease from 44 to 40. There will be a total of 280 items on each examination.

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Could it possibly mean that the questions would be harder and more time consuming, if they are allowing more time per question? :confused:
 
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