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 3, the final examination in the USMLE series, is designed to assess whether students should be allowed to partake in the unsupervised practice of medicine. According to the USMLE website, “Step 3 assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science […] with emphasis on patient management in ambulatory settings.”

What is USMLE Step 3?

Despite Step 3 being the exam that ultimately allows physicians to practice medicine in the United States, it is generally regarded as the least important of the 3 USMLE exams. This is because USMLE Step 3 is taken after internship/residency has already begun making it much less stressful than the others. However, as this exam is nearly twice as long as Step 1 and Step 2CK, and contains an unfamiliar component (to most) known as the clinical case simulations (CCS). Many students struggle with the length of the exam overall and the CCS in particular.

What content does USMLE Step 3 cover?

USMLE Step 3 heavily emphasises biostatistics and interpretation of research data. However, other topics covered include: Immune System, Blood & Lymphoreticular System, Behavioral Health, Nervous System & Special Senses, Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue, Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Gastrointestinal System, Renal & Urinary System, Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium, Female Reproductive & Breast, Male Reproductive, Endocrine System, Multisystem Processes & Disorders and Social Sciences: Communication Skills/Ethics/Patient Safety.

How is USMLE Step 3 scored?

USMLE Step 3 is scored on a scale of 120 to 300 with the national average for first time test takers being 226±15 (for 2018). The lowest passing score for Step 3 is 196 (as of January 2020). Passing USMLE Step 3 allows you to practice medicine in the United States of America.

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 38-40 questions each. Day 2 of Step 3 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 10-20 minutes each.

Receiving 1-on-1 help from an expert is always helpful. However, for some students, getting personalized help studying for USMLE Step 3 is necessary in order to achieve their goals. Which in the case of Step 3, would be obtaining your medical licence. We strongly encourage students who fit into one or more of the following categories to contact us and speak with our learning advisor to determine if tutoring is your best option for success.

If you are a first time test taker and are feeling uncertain about USMLE Step 3, we urge you not wait to contact us until you fail. Be proactive, you’re almost done!

Previous Failures

  • If you have previously failed USMLE Step 2 CK or if you previously failed USMLE Step 1 and got a low score on Step 2 CK, a Step 3 tutor will be beneficial in helping make sure you pass Step 3.
  • If you have previously failed USMLE Step 3 we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately as more than 3 Step 3 failures can prevent licensure in many states. One of our professional Step 3 tutors can work with you to come up with an action plan for passing and moving forward in your career.

At Risk Students

  • If you historically have high test anxiety and/or are a poor standardized test taker, a couple tutoring sessions focused on strategy and wellness can be very beneficial to your success. In addition, if preparing for USMLE Step 1 was a traumatic experience for you, a tutor can help Step 2 CK prep go smoother.

Proactive Students

  • If you worked successfully with a tutor for USMLE Step 1 and/or USMLE Step 2 CK and found the structure and support helpful, then a Step 3 tutor can likely help you in the same way.
  • If you are planning to take Step 3 to bolster your chances of acceptance into your preferred residency, 1-on-1 tutoring can be the best chance you have at accomplishing your goal.

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