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The USMLE, or, United States Medical Licensing Exam, refers to a set of three standardized medical exams comprised of Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3. USMLE Step 1, the first in the series of licensing exams, is designed to assess student understanding as well as application of important concepts considered “basic” to the practice of medicine. In many ways, doing well on USMLE Step 1 sets the stage for your performance on USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 3. Therefore, even though Step 1 is scored as pass/fail, it is absolutely imperative that you learn how to properly prepare for this exam. Ideally, if you need USMLE Step 1 tutoring, you won't need tutoring for Step 2 or Step 3!

What is USMLE Step 1?

Despite being the only pass/fail exam in the USMLE series, USMLE Step 1 is a challenging exam due to its broad content coverage and the high stakes weight a successful "pass" holds in applying for residency programs.

How is USMLE Step 1 scored?

USMLE Step 1 is scored as a pass/fail exam. Students who pass receive only a pass mark without further feedback. However, examinees who fail Step 1 do get information as to how far they were from passing, as well as content-based feedback to guide the study plan for their next attempt.

How is USMLE Step 1 administered?

USMLE Step 1 is a one-day exam administered on a computer at a Prometric testing center. The exam is given over an 8-hour testing session and there are currently seven 60-minute blocks of 40 questions each.

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Have a question about USMLE Step 1 or Step 1 tutoring? Visit the Elite Medical Blog for a collection of articles written by our MD and MD Candidate tutors covering a variety of popular topics.

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