If you haven’t heard, the NBME will be retiring CBSSA Step 1 practice exam forms 13, 15, 16, 17, and 19 on March 25th, 2019 and releasing 5 new forms in two release dates. NBME Form 18 will remain available. Depending on your planned Step 1 test date, the way that these new and old forms should be used will vary. Some students will be able to take all the old exams officially and take at least 3 of the new ones as well. Other students may not have time to take all of them officially and may try to simply make sure they have the old tests available as back up. In a previous post, we discussed this issue.
Regardless of how far your test date is after the March 25th switchover, it is important to see the NBME CBSSA forms as practice exams that provide:
score prediction (if taken officially),
an opportunity to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses
a chance to learn new material, and
a look inside the minds of the Step 1 test writers.