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Question based instruction, which is geared towards:

  • Addressing high yield concepts through questions, while understanding and applying the concepts to the question
  • Covering 30 UW questions daily
  • Thorough question review, in which each student is given the opportunity to uncover and digest content for the test

What sets this program apart?

  • Medical schools refer students to this program
  • Highly competent and accomplished teachers provide a kind, caring, and nurturing environment
  • Rolling start dates
    • You don’t need to begin at week 1. Complete the 8 week course based on order you enter
    • Enrollment for the course happens every other Monday
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Prepare for USMLE Step 1

NYCSPREP provides you with a solid game plan to crack the exam with comprehensive learning solutions for your success.
  • 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.

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  • 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
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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.</p> <p>

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.

Relevant Content Review

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

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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



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.

To appear for USMLE Step 1, 2 CK and 2 CS exams, you need to first register with the ECFMG at 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Set a goal.
  • Start studying early.
  • Choose the right resources.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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