Last updated on 25-January-2024, by Dr. Muhammad
What are the USMLE exam three steps like?
USMLE Step 1 assesses whether you can understand and apply important concepts of the basic sciences to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy.
Step 1 has approximately 280 multiple-choice test items, divided into seven 60-minute blocks. The exam (including breaks) is administered in one eight-hour testing session.
STEP 2 - CK (Clinical Knowledge) Exam
This step assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge and understanding of clinical science for the provision of patient care under supervision, and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
Step 2 has approximately 318 multiple-choice test items, divided into eight 60-minute blocks. The exam (including breaks) is administered in one nine-hour testing session.
This step assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine, with emphasis on patient management in ambulatory settings. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.
Step 3 is two days exam. For first day, it has approximately 232 MCQs for Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP), divided into six 60-minute blocks. While for second day exam, which is Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM), has approximately 180 MCQs, divided into six 45-minute blocks.
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