NBME 25- NBME 30: Which is the Best Predictor for Passing Step 1

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Medical students taking their USMLE Step 1 exam in a classroom.


There are an incredible number of resources out there for Step 1 preparation. No one study approach will work for everyone or guarantee success. Whatever plan or resources you decide to use, everyone will need to use practice questions and practice exams. These help to really gauge how well they...

Mistakes Medical Students Make While Studying for Shelf Exams


During your first clinical year of medical school, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You will find yourself taking care of patients, rounding, working in the operating room, reading about your patients’ diseases, creating case presentations, and more, all while studying for your shelf exams. Here, we will discuss the...

Six Tips to Help You Succeed on Your Clinical Clerkships


During your third year of medical school, you will get the opportunity to go into the hospital and help with patient care during your clinical clerkships. For many students, this is the first time they get to work with patients, round with a medical team, assist with surgeries, and more....

Why Is the Medicine Shelf So Hard and What Can You Do to Be Ready?

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With internal medicine having the most applicants for residency positions every year (nearly 27,000 from a total of 51,000 applicants in 2021), it makes sense that clerkship students want to excel on their medicine shelf exam. Additionally, many specialties require an internal medicine intern year before starting the field’s core...

How Doing Well on Shelf Exams Will Improve Your Step 2 CK Score


At most medical schools, your grades during your first clinical year of training are primarily determined by evaluations from your preceptors, and your performance on a shelf examination. These grades will be a significant component of your residency application, in addition to letters of recommendation, co-curricular activities, research, and your...

Best Ways to Use NBME Practice Exams to Prepare for the Real Thing

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Medical student taking an NBME practice test at home.


The NBME, or National Board of Medical Examiners, writes practice exams for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. The NBME exams contain questions similar to those found on your step exams and are one of the best ways to practice your test-taking skills for Step 1, 2, or 3. But what is the best way to use the NBME practice exams?

5 More New NBME Practice Exams Are Coming

Medical student taking an NBME practice exam in front of a computer in a library.


While the wording can change slightly over the years, the content of NBME practice exams differs little.

Reliability of the New NBME Forms in Predicting USMLE Step 1 Score

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On March 2nd, 2021, NBME is releasing its newest forms– 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.

NBME Updates: Free Assessments & Explanations


The NBME announced that starting April 2nd they would be doing a couple of different things to help students enrich their knowledge during the pandemic-related testing delays and difficulties. There are now seven free NBME self-assessments that will be available from April 3rd – May 31st.

New NBMEs- Our Professional Opinion

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A group of doctors reviewing the new NBME practice exams.


On March 25th of 2019, NBME retired forms 16,17, and 18, and replaced them with new NBME forms 20, 21, and 22

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