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

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

What is “Spaced Repetition” and Why is it SO Important?

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On its most basic level, spaced repetition is spacing out new concepts that we are learning over time to more efficiently remember various things. Furthermore, it involves progressively spacing out concepts that we are relatively strong in further and further into time while re-introducing topics that we are relatively weaker in a shorter interval in between.

Taking USMLE Step 1 with Step 2CK After Rotations

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Taking USMLE Step 1 with USMLE Step 2ck

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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.

How to Study for COMLEX Level 2-CE

How to Study for COMLEX Level 2-CE

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What is COMLEX Level 2-CE? COMLEX Level 2-CE (Cognitive Evaluation) is a day-long computerized exam that measures clinical problem-solving ability. Its companion, the COMLEX Level 2-PE (Performance Evaluation), is meant to augment the Level 2-CE to fulfill the public and licensing authority mandate for enhanced patient safety and entails the...

Most Common Reasons for USMLE Step 1 Failure

Most Common Reasons for USMLE Step 1 Failure

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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...

USMLE Step 2CS is Cancelled

USMLE Step 2CS is Cancelled

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Is This the End of Step 2CS? On May 26th, USMLE announced on their website that amidst the prolonged coronavirus crisis in the United States, Step 2CS test administrations will be suspended for the next 12-18 months. While previously there was speculation that USMLE Step

How to Manage USMLE Step 1 Test Anxiety

How to Manage USMLE Step 1 Test Anxiety

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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

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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

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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+

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