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USMLE Step 1

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Prepare for USMLE Step 1

NYCSPREP helps you prepare to be evaluated on your knowledge and understanding of foundational concepts and your ability to apply them.
  • Live Classes

    Get acquainted with test-taking strategies through our structured schedule, easy to follow study tips, and master challenging topics of USMLE Step 1 exam.

  • Medical Guidance

    Receive guidance from mentors on how to make the most of your study schedule, organize your study plan, and map out your residency timeline.

  • Experienced Faculty

    Get tutored by our experienced and highly motivated teachers who themselves have scored highly on their steps.

  • Fully-Equipped Study Center

    Get access to our brand new full-service center equipped with quiet study rooms along with the support of our staff and the company of your peers.

About the Course

In-Center Classes

  • Access to our facility from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Study rooms available
  • Testing area for self-practice
  • Shelf exams at the test center that mimics the real test center environment
  • Review of shelfs and questions after classes
  • One-on-One tutoring if necessary
  • Personalized study plans
  • Follow-up and advice during your preparation


Online Classes

  • Join our daily classes online
  • Participate in class with other online and live students
  • Get access to our tutors to resolve your questions or concerns
  • Join us from anywhere
  • Get advice from our tutors in your preparation
  • Participate in our daily questions review
comprehensive What You Get

NYCSPREP Step 1 Workshop

Customized Study Plan

Detailed and personalized USMLE Step 1 preparation plan to identify your weak areas and ensure that you cover all topics before your USMLE Step 1 exam.

Constant Feedback

Detailed and constant feedback allows you to comfortably standardize your medical knowledge and improve your diagnostic skills.

Regular Assessment Strategy

Analysis of your assessment performance allows you to further strengthen your strong areas and improve the areas that need attention.

Relevant Content Review

Concise content review with boards-style questions and explanations, saving your study time and allowing for comprehensive Step 1 preparation.

Group Sessions

Frequent group sessions give you the opportunity to review and manage your study plan and focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Schedule

  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY General Pathology
  • HY Hematology HY Vascular
  • Pathology HY Cardiology
  • Pathology
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Respiratory Pathology HY
  • Gastroenterology HY
  • Musculoskeletal Pathology HY
  • Dermatological Pathology
  • Pathology- 1 Self-Assessment At Our Exam-Center
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Renal Pathology
  • HY Male and Female Reproductive
  • Pathology HY Endocrine & Breast Pathology HY Nervous
  • System Pathology
  • Pathology- 2 Self-Assessment
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Gross Anatomy
  • HY Embryology
  • HY Neuroscience
  • Anatomy Self-Assessment At Our Exam-Center
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Immunology
  • HY Bacteriology
  • HY Virology/Parasitology
  • Microbiology/Immunology Self-Assessment at our Exam Center
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Medical Genetics
  • HY Metabolic Disorders
  • Vitamins, Hormones, and Classification of Proteins
  • Carbohydrates and Lipids
  • Biochemistry Self-Assessment at our Exam Center
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Pharmacological
  • HY Antibiotics
  • HY Toxicology
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Chemotherapeutic Drugs, HY Cardiac, Renal, Respiratory Drugs
  • Pharmacology Self-Assessment
  • Daily Question Bank Analysis
  • HY Medical Ethics, Behavioral Sciences
  • HY Biostatistics 7 Epidemiology
  • HY Endocrine Physiology
  • Self-Assessment at our Exam Center
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Choose Your Package

 
Plan Type
Course Duration
Study Material
High Yield Speciality Based Lectures
Test-taking strategies and study tips
Access
Extra Features
Live Online
$1,899
Course Duration
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
for 8 weeks
Study Material
Qbank question analysis
High Yield Speciality Based Lectures
Test-taking strategies and study tips
Access
Access to Live Classes via
GoToMeeting Platform
Extra Features
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Live
$2,099
Course Duration
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
for 8 weeks
Study Material
Qbank question analysis
High Yield Speciality Based Lectures
Test-taking strategies and study tips
Access
Access to our study rooms and
exam center
Extra Features
Small group sessions
One-on-One Program
$3499
Course Duration
4-8 weeks with flexible
scheduling
Study Material
Structured individualized
study plan
High Yield Speciality Based Lectures
Test-taking strategies and study tips
Access
40 hours of one-on-one
tutoring
Extra Features
Subject Based Review Books System Based Review Book Pathology Review Subscription & Text

Tutoring

10 Hours of One-On-One Tutoring

2-3 hour sessions

Flexible scheduling Over 2-4 weeks

Individualized structured program

$100 per hour

Success Stories

What Our Students Say

As a Step 1 student at NYCSPREP, I’ve seen a big improvement in my NBME because they made a lot of difficult concepts easy for me!

– Kataryzyna Strzelczyk, Poland

FAQs

What is USMLE Step 1 exam?

The USMLE Step 1 exam is the first component of USMLE and it evaluates your knowledge and understanding of foundational concepts and your ability to apply these essential concepts of science to practice medicine. Hence, it’s important to have a detailed study timeline and schedule for each day of your USMLE Step 1 preparation.

How can I apply for USMLE Step 1?

To appear for USMLE Step 1, 2 CK and 2 CS exams, you need to first register with the ECFMG at www.ecfmg.org. Once you are done with the registration, you will get an ECFMG identification number. Later, you will need to send Certification of Identification (Form 186) signed by a Dean and Notary service.

When is the best time to apply for USMLE Step 1?

The best time to take Step 1 is when:

  • Your basic science knowledge is fresh in your mind.
  • You’ve sufficient time to study.

Most medical schools build one to two months of dedicated study time into the curriculum once students complete the basic science courses. Many test-prep training centers recommend at least two to three months of study so that you are prepared adequately.

Traditional medical schools recommend taking Step 1 late in the second year.During this time, students would have completed the curriculum that forms the basics of the Step 1 exam. However, newer medical schools adopt a curriculum that weaves together these basic science classes with early clinical experience and they may recommend their students to take Step 1 between the end of the first year to the third year.

Ideally, the best time to give the USMLE Step 1 exam is after or late in the 3rd year. If for whatever reasons that’s not possible, you can take the exam once your internship begins. However, keep in mind that Step 1 has to be completed within the 6 months of internship to spare so that you have Step 1 score ready to apply for electives in the US.

What is the minimum passing score for USMLE Step 1?

The minimum USMLE Step 1 passing score is 194. It was last increased from 192 on December 12, 2013. This new passing score is effective for all students appearing for Step 1 examination on or after January 1, 2018.

How many questions are there in Step 1?

Step 1 is a computer-based test taken in a single day spread through an eight-hour period. It has seven sections of up to 40 multiple choice questions for each section. So, a total of up to 280 questions for all seven sections. One hour is allotted for each of the seven sections.

How long is the Step 1 score valid?

The Step 1 score is valid for seven years. The seven-year period begins on the exam date of the first step and ends on exactly seven years after. However, if you do not pass all the required USMLE Steps within seven years, your earliest USMLE passing performance will become invalid for ECFMG Certification.

How many times can you take Step 1 in a year?

You can retake the USMLE Step 1 exam up to 6 times. However, you can take the exam three times max. in a year.

What is the marking scheme of USMLE Step 1? How is the Step 1 score calculated?

Step 1 scores usually range from 1 to 300. Although the passing score is 194, most of the students score in the range of 140 to 260. However, the USMLE programs do not reveal how they calculate this three-digit number. The standard deviation and national mean are approx. 20 and 229, respectively.

What are some common mistakes people make while preparing for the USMLE Step 1?

These are the most common mistakes people make while preparing for USMLE Step 1:

Mistake #1: Passive reading. Just reading the book doesn’t help in retaining the information. Going through practice questions before or after you review a topic can help you retain information and also stay mentally active.

Mistake #2: Rote learning instead of understanding. Memorizing the content without actually understanding it will not help you in the long run. If you are taking a practice test and come across a question you don’t know to solve, best is to look it up for in a book. The reasoning behind how or why you got the answer wrong will actually help you remember it better.

Mistake #3: Misreading or misinterpreting questions. Sometimes, you tend to misread or misinterpret the questions on the practice sheets. Review such questions and understand the reasoning behind the questions.

Mistake #4: Studying in the wrong location. While preparing for USMLE Step 1, you need to mirror your studying to real exam setting. Keep the distractions away. Put off the TV and music and work in a quiet room.

By attending NYCSPREP’s USMLE Step 1 prep course, you’ll be able to avoid all these mistakes. You’ll be mentored and guided with the best of study tips, resource materials and constant feedback, ensuring that you are preparing for the exam the right way.

What is a great score in the USMLE Step 1?

A score of 260+ is a great score in USMLE Step 1. A minimum score of 240 is also a good score to attain US residency. The mean score of USMLE Step 1 is 229.

How should I start preparing for USMLE Step 1?

USMLE Step 1 is the first step of USMLE and any anxiety or restlessness you may be facing is quite understandable. Here are a few things that can help you start preparing for USMLE Step 1 to get the best score:

  1. Set a goal.
  2. Start studying early.
  3. Choose the right resources.
  4. Enroll for a USMLE Step 1 prep course to follow an effective and well-researched study strategy and schedule that can prepare you better so that you can face the exam confidently.
Can I take USMLE Step 1 after MBBS?

Yes, you can take USMLE Step 1 after MBBS. However, sooner you take the exam, the better it is for you. We recommend taking the Step 1 as soon as you complete the basic science subjects for the simple fact that it is easier to recall difficult subject matter.

Can a 5th year medical student take the USMLE Step 1 exam?

Undoubtedly, yes. Generally, medical students take Step 1 after their 3rd year, after finishing the basic years. In our opinion, it is a good idea to take it after the basics because the materials are still fresh in your mind and it won’t take a lot of time for studying.

Shortly, the great time to take the test is the time that you feel you are totally ready to pass it with a satisfying score.

Which books are necessary to score 250+ in the USMLE Step 1?

Well, there is no such book or resource that will guarantee you the scores you desire. Study plan and schedule play an important role in achieving good scores. USMLE prep course for USMLE Step 1 can provide you an effective study plan/schedule by using the right type of books and resources.

NYCSPREP course for Step 1 includes content knowledge materials that are well-structured and well-explained. The course also includes simulated exams that introduce and familiarize you with the USMLE style questions you will be asked in the real exam. The benefits of enrolling in NYCSPREP Step 1 prep course are:

– You are better enabled to predict your test performance.

– You increase your chances of getting the specialty you desire.

How to score well in USMLE Step 1?

Firstly, you need to have a robust study plan in place. Your preparation time needs to start at least 10 weeks before the exam. Resources you can use are:

  • USMLE Step 1 Books
  • Question banks
  • NBMEs

You can save yourself all the hassles by just enrolling into NYCSPREP USMLE Step 1 prep course.  You’ll be guided and prepped for Step 1 through well-researched schedules and study plans.
Our students are averaging between 230s and 240s in their Step 1 score.

Is there any time limit between USMLE’s step 1 and 2?

No. there is no time limit between USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. However, the exam scores become invalid after 7 years. Therefore, you should take all three exams – Step1, Step 2 CK & Step 2 CS within 7 years of your first exam. You may want to wait until you receive your USMLE Step 1 score prior to scheduling for Step 2 CK.

Is 236 enough for the USMLE Step 1?

Whether the score is good enough or not depends on the specialty you are aiming at. If the specialty you desire is not competitive, the score of 236 may suffice to some extent. However, how you perform in other rounds of the application process of USMLE also matters.

How many blocks are there in Step 1? What is the exam pattern for USMLE Step 1 and what are the subjects covered?

Step 1 is a one-day examination, divided into seven blocks of 60-minute each carried out in one 8-hour testing session, out of which 1 hour is the break time. The number of questions for each block may vary but will not exceed 40.

Each Step 1 examination covers content related to the following disciplines:

  • Anatomy
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

The Step 1 examination also covers content related to the following interdisciplinary areas:

  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Immunology
  • Nutrition
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
Can you retake the Step 1?

Yes. You can reappear for the Step 1 for up to 6 times. However, you can retake the exam a maximum of 3 times in a year and there should be a gap of at least 6 months after your most recent attempt.