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Exam Information & Pricing

USMLE Step 1 Exam Info & Pricing

USMLE Step 1 Pricing

USMLE Step 1 Exam Info & Pricing

USMLE Step 1 Pricing
  • USMLE Step 1 is considered the most important and most challenging test in one’s medical career. It is considered the primary factor in residency interview selection and residency matching.
  • USMLE Step 1 requires integrating knowledge across many different topics. Content in the following areas is tested: anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and interdisciplinary topics such as nutrition, genetics, and aging.
  • Step 1 score range is from 120 to 300. National average (as of 2017) is 228±21. Passing score is 194 (as of Jan 1st 2018).
  • A higher score increases your chances of interviewing for more competitive residency positions.
  • USMLE Step 1 is a one-day exam administered over an 8-hour testing session. There are seven 60-minute blocks of 40 questions each.
  • Step 1, along with Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS and Step 3, is required to obtain a medical license in the US.

USMLE Step 2 CK Exam Info & Pricing

USMLE Step 2 CK Pricing

USMLE Step 2 CK Exam Info & Pricing

USMLE Step 2 CK Pricing
  • USMLE Step 2 CK is a very challenging test, but compared to Step 1, it carries less weight in residency interview selection and residency matching. However, as average Step 1 scores have risen, Step 2 CK scores have become more important.
  • USMLE Step 2 CK requires integrating knowledge across many different topics in clinical medicine and is organized along two dimensions: physician task and disease category
  • Step 2 CK score range is from 120 to 300. National average (as of 2016) is 242±17. Passing score is 209.
  • A higher score increases your chances of interviewing for more competitive residency positions.
  • USMLE Step 2 CK is a one-day exam administered over a 9-hour testing session. There are eight 60-minute blocks of 38 to 40 questions each.
  • Step 2 CK, along with Step 1, Step 2 CS and Step 3, is required to obtain a medical license in the US.

USMLE Step 3 Exam Info & Pricing

USMLE Step 3 Pricing

USMLE Step 3 Exam Info & Pricing

USMLE Step 3 Pricing
  • USMLE Step 3 is a very challenging test typically taken after internship/residency has already begun.
  • USMLE Step 3 requires integrating knowledge across many different topics in clinical medicine. There is a heavy emphasis on biostatistics and interpretation of research data.
  • Step 3 score range is from 120 to 300. National average (as of 2017) is 225±15. Passing score is 196.
  • USMLE Step 3 is a two-day exam. Day 1 is 7-hours long with six 1-hour blocks of 38-40 questions each. Day 2 is 9-hours long with six 45 min blocks of 30 questions each and 13 case simulations (CCS), approximately 10-20 mins each.
  • Step 3, along with Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, is required to obtain a medical license in the US.

NBME, COMLEX & Other Medical Exams

NBME, COMLEX & Other

NBME, COMLEX & Other Medical Exams

NBME, COMLEX & Other

Elite Medical Prep works with students on a variety of medical exams including (but not limited to) the NBME Shelf exams, COMLEX, medical coursework, ABIM and ABSITE. We have worked with students preparing for foreign medical exams as well.

NBME Shelf Exams

  • The NBME is the organization that creates and administers the USMLE. The NBME offers medical schools the ability to use specialized and customized exams for testing at the pre-clinical and clinical levels.
  • Most students encounter the NBME as a ‘Shelf Exam’ (as in taken off the shelf) at the end of their clinical rotations. These exams have become increasingly important in determining clinical grades, especially clinical honors on a particular rotation.
  • NBME scoring is from 1-100, and also comes with a percentile score. Each school and rotation uses this exam differently.
  • Some medical schools use a Comprehensive NBME Exam (aka ‘the Comp’) as an assessment of readiness for their students to sit for the actual USMLE Step 1. At these schools, if the student does not meet the minimum score requested by the school, the student cannot obtain a permit to take the USMLE.

COMLEX

  • COMLEX Level 1 is considered the most important and most challenging test in an osteopathic medical student's career. Along with the USMLE Step 1, it is considered the primary factor in residency interview selection and residency matching.
  • COMLEX Level 1 requires integrating knowledge across many different topics. Content overlaps significantly with USMLE Step 1. However, COMLEX Level 1 has additional questions on osteopathic manipulation and greater emphasis on related anatomy.
  • COMLEX Level 1 score range is from 9 to 999. National average (as of 2017) is 517. Passing score is 400. A score of 600 is > 80th percentile, and a score of 710 is > 99th percentile.
  • COMLEX Level 1 is a one-day exam. There are 400 questions administered over two 4-hour exam sessions. During each of the 4-hour sessions, a ten-minute break is allowed. There is a 40-minute break between the 1st and 2nd exam sessions.
  • COMLEX Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 are required for osteopathic medical students to get licensed.

Other Medical Exams

  • Our tutors have worked with students on a wide variety of medical exams at many different levels, including the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and American Board of Surgery In Training (ABSITE) exams.
  • We have worked with students preparing for foreign medical exams as well.
  • Please contact our team regarding your specific medical exam needs.
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