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

USMLE Step 1 Practice Question Types

USMLE Step 1 Practice Question Types


There are many different types of USMLE Step 1 questions, and preparing for each type of question can help students gain confidence in their question approach and test-taking strategy.

When to Start Studying for USMLE Step 1


I often recommend first-year medical students start getting facile with USMLE-specific references as they study for their medical school’s core curriculum.

5 Most Productive Study Tips for USMLE Step 1

USMLE step 1 study tips


Deciding how to study for Step 1 can be a daunting task. There are so many educational resources to choose from, and so much conflicting advice on the internet and from other…

Taking USMLE Step 1 with Step 2CK After Rotations

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Taking USMLE Step 1 with USMLE Step 2ck


There has recently been a wave of change where some medical students are opting to take USMLE Step 1 after clinical rotations either simultaneously or back-to-back with Step 2CK. Here are the pros and cons of taking this route.

Most Common Reasons for Failing USMLE Step 1

Most Common Reasons for USMLE Step 1 Failure


Failed USMLE Step 1? Failing USMLE Step 1 is not uncommon. The most recent data available from the USMLE shows that in 2018 the passing rates for 1st time test takers with a US or Canadian MD degree was 95%; with a US or Canadian DO degree was 96%; and...

How to Manage USMLE Step 1 Test Anxiety

How to Manage USMLE Step 1 Test Anxiety


Just like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, at times medical students can feel like they are living the same day over and over again (especially now in the midst of coronavirus test cancellations). Between learning new content, spending long hours studying, and anxiously taking exams, many students feel stuck in a perpetual cycle of anxiety

When to Start UWorld for USMLE Step 1


UWorld is unquestionably the best resource for the USMLE. Students have been known to score 270+ just by using UWorld and First Aid. There are also students, however, who have gone through the question bank 3 or more times, and can’t seem

How to Best Use First Aid to Study for USMLE Step 1

How to Best Use First Aid to Study for USMLE Step 1


First Aid for USMLE Step 1 is arguably the most important study resource for the USMLE Step 1 exam (alongside your favorite qbank, of course!). Together, First Aid and a well established qbank like UWorld can help both struggling students pass Step 1, and high-achievers score 260+

NBME Updates: Free Assessments & Explanations

NBME Free Forms


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.

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