MEDICAL GUIDE TO EFFICIENT EXAM PREPARATION usmle step1,2,3 amc plab mci screening test

By Live Dr - Sun Nov 09, 11:36 am




This section is intended to make your exam preparation easier, not harder.

Our goal is to reduce your level of stress and help you make the most of your

study effort by helping you understand more about the United States Medical

Licensing Examination, Step 1 (USMLE Step 1)––especially what the new

FRED computer-based testing (CBT) is likely to mean to you. As a medical

student, you are no doubt familiar with taking standardized examinations and

quickly absorbing large amounts of material. When you first confront the

USMLE Step 1, however, you may find it easy to become sidetracked and not

achieve your goal of studying with maximum effectiveness. Common mistakes

that students make when studying for the boards include the following:

“Stressing out” owing to an inadequate understanding of the new computer-

based format

Not understanding how scoring is performed or what your score means

Starting First Aid too late

Starting to study too late

Using inefficient or inappropriate study methods

Buying the wrong books or buying more books than you can ever use

Buying only one publisher’s review series for all subjects

Not using practice examinations to maximum benefit

Not using review books along with your classes

Not analyzing and improving your test-taking strategies

Getting bogged down by reviewing difficult topics excessively

Studying material that is rarely tested on the USMLE Step 1

Failing to master certain high-yield subjects owing to overconfidence

Using First Aid as your sole study resource

In this section, we offer advice to help you avoid these pitfalls and be more

productive in your studies. To begin, it is important for you to understand

what the examination involves.


Some degree of concern about your performance on the USMLE Step 1 examination

is both expected and appropriate. All too often, however, medical

students become unnecessarily anxious about the examination. It is therefore

important to understand precisely what the USMLE Step 1 involves. As you

become familiar with Step 1, you can translate your anxiety into more efficient


The USMLE Step 1 is the first of three examinations that you must pass in order

to become a licensed physician in the United States.1 The USMLE is a

joint endeavor of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the

The USMLE assesses a

physician’s ability to apply

knowledge, concepts, and

principles that are important

in health and disease and that

constitute the basis of safe

and effective patient care.2

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