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Things you should know before taking the USMLE Step 1

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The United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Step 1, also known as “the Boards,” measures a medical student’s ability to use fundamentals of science in the practice of medicine. The Step 1 exam is administered by the NBME and FSMB. There are three total steps in the USMLE. Medical students take the examination after their second year of medical school is over. All of these tips are things that you should know before you walk in to take the exam.

We listed a couple of things to keep in mind before taking the Step 1 exam.

1. How do you apply for the exam1?

If you have recently graduated from medical school you need to apply for the USMLE Step 1 exam with the NBME. If you are a student or graduate of a school outside of the US or Canada you can register with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The exam is administered throughout the year.

2. What does Step 1 cover?

Step 1 is mostly comprised of scientific principles including behavioral sciences, biochemistry, biostatistics, anatomy, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and physiology. There are also other topics covered including genetics, molecular and cell biology, epidemiology, and ethics.
There are many questions that deal with facts and definitions but the bulk deal with your ability to problem solve using scientific principles.

3. When do medical students take the Step 1 test?

Medical students usually take the test in between their second and third year of med school. You need to finish basic science courses before the exam. There are many students that take the exam within two months of finishing basic courses. This often helps because the material is fresh. An extra month or two of studying also helps.

4. What Score Do I Need To Get To Pass?

A score of 194 is needed to pass the Step 1 exam.

If you still have questions about the USMLE Step 1 Exam, contact NYCSPREP. Get in touch with us today (212) 678-5900

Get a free consultation today. NYCSPREP offers the best preparation courses in NY for the USMLE Step 1. Our representatives will be happy to answer any of your questions about the exam and our course offerings. The courses we offer are designed to get you familiar with the exam environment, giving and give you the opportunity to properly demonstrate your clinical skills.

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