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2023 Guide to Interpreting NBME Practice Exams for Step 1 and Step 2

A medical school student taking an NBME practice test for USMLE prep in a living room in front of a desktop computer.


Almost all students preparing for the USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 will take at least one (hopefully more!) practice test leading up to test day. While various practice tests are available to assess your performance, many students will turn directly to the NBME practice tests. In this post, we...

How to Make the Most of the UWorld MCAT QBank Using the Cloze Deletion Concept

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A medical school student studying for USMLE Step 1, using UWorld's flashcard feature, in front of a laptop.


Understanding Cloze Deletion for MCAT Studying   Cloze deletion is the concept of removing key information from a statement and using active recall to come up with the missing detail. This is essentially a fill-in-the-blank question, and it can be a very effective way to study for the MCAT.  ...

Proven Study Strategies to Structure Your USMLE Step 1 Prep | UWorld & Elite Medical Prep Webinar

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A medical school student studying for her Step 1 exam in a library.


Welcome to our comprehensive guide and study strategies for preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam, featuring expert advice from the team at Elite Medical Prep and UWorld. In this blog post, we'll delve into valuable insights shared during an informative joint webinar. From study schedules to practice exams, we'll...

Preparing for the USMLE Step 1 as a Pass/Fail Exam

A medical school student holding a notebook and looking at a laptop while preparing for the USMLE Step 1 as a pass/fail exam.


The time has come for you to prepare for the USMLE Step 1! This can be an exciting but also nerve-racking time. However, with the recent change that the USMLE Step 1 is now a purely pass/fail examination. You can find respite in knowing that all you have to do...

Amboss Review: USMLE Prep Platforms

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A medical school student looking at the AMBOSS website on their phone for USMLE review.


This blog was originally posted on December 18, 2018, and was edited on October 2023 to update pricing details, however, some of the content may be out of date. Consider looking into some of our more recent resource reviews: AMBOSS vs. UWorld: Which is a Better USMLE Resource? Pathoma: USMLE...

Master the USMLE in 5 Weeks: Your Free Step 1 Study Plan

An empty calendar for Step 1 study schedule planning.


You’re 5 weeks away from your USMLE Step 1 test day and it’s time to get serious. Very serious. By now, you should be familiar with Step 1 material, test structure, and may have consulted a tutor. Maybe you’ve gone through First Aid, gotten started with UWorld questions, or started using...

5 Biggest Mistakes Students Make While Studying for USMLE Step 1

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A student behind a huge pile of books studying for USMLE Step 1


Since we have seen many of the students that we tutor fall into the same traps, we’d like to share the top five study mistakes to avoid them while preparing for Step 1. Steer clear of these mistakes to improve your USMLE studying!

Pathoma: USMLE Prep Platform Reviews

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Medical school student studying for the USMLE using pathoma on his laptop.


This blog was originally posted on November 23rd, 2018, and updated in October 2023 by Dr. Kathleen Oakes.     Elite Medical Prep's Pathoma Review   When studying for the USMLE Step 1, it's important to focus on only a few high-yield sources. This is crucial to avoiding resource overload...

2023 Guide to Creating High-Yield Flashcard Decks on UWorld

A deck of empty flashcards to be used on UWorld.


UWorld flashcards have several unique features that make them particularly well suited to USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 prep. The flashcard feature utilizes spaced repetition systems and is completely integrated with the UWorld question bank which makes creating flashcards very simple. Here’s our guide to creating UWorld cards!

UWorld in 30 Days: Making the Most out of UWorld’s Most Basic Subscription

Medical school student studying for the USMLE in a library in front of a laptop, making the most of her UWorld subscription.


Is it worth it to get UWorld’s most basic 30 day subscription? While we certainly don’t advise waiting until a month before your test date to start going through UWorld, it is actually possible to get through one full pass in only 30 days.

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