About the USMLE Step 1 Exam
USMLE Step 1 is a one-day computerized exam. This exam assesses your comprehension and application skills related to the basic sciences of the practice of medicine. Step 1 is commonly considered the most challenging exam by medical students. It’s more comprehensive than exams taken during medical school.
What is on the USMLE Step 1 Exam?
The Step 1 exam contains multiple choice questions that assess your medical skills in the following basic science knowledge areas:
- Behavioral sciences
- Interdisciplinary topics, such as nutrition, genetics, and aging
How long does USMLE Step 1 Take?
This is a one-day, 8-hour examination. There are seven blocks. Each block is 1-hour long.
How many questions does the USMLE Step 1 contain?
There are 280 multiple choice questions on the Step 1 Exam. Each of the blocks consists of 50 questions.
When is the best time to take USMLE Step 1?
Typically, most US med school students take this exam at the end of their second year.
International medical school graduates take USMLE Step 1 after becoming licensed doctors in their own countries to work toward being licensed to practice medicine in America. These physicians must take the following steps to take the exam:
- Register online with ECFMG (Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)
- Receive an identification number from ECFMG
- Book your exam online on a year-round basis
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