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There are several different USMLE Step 3 tutoring options available to students, so what makes Elite Medical Prep the best? When you sign up to work with a Step 3 tutor, you are getting much more than access to our world-class MD tutoring services.


24/7 email support, a student success team, organized custom curriculum, and our 100% unused hour refund guarantee are just a few reasons our students love us.


Not to mention the fact that our USMLE Step 3 tutors go beyond test prep to provide you with the guidance and USMLE Step 3 study resources you need.


When you join Elite Medical Prep, you join a community that cares about helping you reach your goals. It’s about more than passing an exam – it’s about achieving success together.

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Who Actually Needs a USMLE Step 3 Tutor?

Receiving 1-on-1 help from a USMLE Step 3 tutor is always helpful, but it isn’t necessary for everyone.


The first thing you’ll want to ask yourself is if USMLE tutoring is necessary. Keep in mind that it’s just another step in the right direction toward achieving your ultimate goal. If you think you could use a little extra help or a lot of extra help, USMLE Step 3 tutoring is here for you.


Regardless of your background and how you’ve performed on the Step 1 and 2 exams, you might feel like now is the time for you to get some help. You can be sure that you’ll receive everything you need from practice questions to live tutoring sessions with an Elite Medical Prep tutor.

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Over the past decade we have cultivated best practices for virtual instruction that foster student success. Our tutors complete comprehensive training focused on research-supported techniques to ensure an engaging and effective Step 3 tutoring platform.

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The Final Exam of Medical School

The USMLE Step 3 exam serves as the final assessment of medical school, encompassing the culmination of medical knowledge and clinical skills acquired throughout the rigorous training process.

Step 3 aims to ensure that graduates are prepared to enter independent practice and provide competent and safe medical care.

USMLE Step 3 is taken after internship or residency, which generally makes it much less stressful than the others. However, this exam is nearly twice as long as Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and contains an unfamiliar component (to most) known as the clinical case simulations (CCS).

The sheer length of the test is something that no amount of studying can prepare you for. This is where USMLE tutoring comes into play. It’s a great option to help you prepare your test-taking skills and stamina for a longer exam.

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What is USMLE Step 3?

USMLE Step 3, the final examination in the USMLE series, is designed to assess whether or not students should be allowed to partake in the unsupervised practice of medicine. Passing USMLE Step 3 allows you to practice medicine in the United States of America.

This part of the exam is typically taken during the first year of residency and is designed to gauge your understanding of how to care for patients.

While it’s not considered an important step, it is a huge milestone for physicians. With a USMLE Step 3 passing score, you’re now able to practice independent medicine without direct supervision.


How is USMLE Step 3 Scored?

USMLE Step 3 is scored on a scale of 1 to 300 with the national mean for first-time test takers being 228±15 (for 2022). The lowest minimum passing score for Step 3 is 200 (as of January 31st, 2024).

The score is based on a scoring method called equating which takes the difficulty of the question into account when determining the overall score. This ensures that no single candidate is given an unfair advantage.

Candidates who receive a passing score are also given a breakdown of their performance which helps them identify strong and weak areas.


How is USMLE Step 3 administered?

Unlike USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 3 is a two-day exam. Day 1 is 7 hours long and tests using 232 multiple-choice questions divided into six 1-hour blocks of 38 to 40 questions each.

Day 2 is 9 hours long and tests using 180 multiple-choice questions divided into six 45-min blocks of 30 questions each and 13 case simulations (CCS), approximately 10 to 20 minutes each.

Step 3 Information Resources for Students

Have a question about USMLE Step 3 or Step 3 tutoring? Visit the Elite Medical Blog for a collection of articles and learning resources written by our MD and MD Candidate tutors covering a variety of popular topics.

Our experienced Step 3 tutors regularly update the content in the blog to provide more insight into the latest test content and preparation strategies.

Whether you want to better understand recent changes to the exam, are unsure how many practice questions you should be doing weekly, or need advice on avoiding burnout, our in-depth blog posts deliver actionable tips.

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