United States Medical Licensing Examination

Step 1, Step 2 (CS and CK) and Step 3 training available.

Please enquire about further details of the course which is 4 weeks in duration.

The Blended Learning Program has strategically partnered with USMLE tutors in the USA for online teaching and live on-site tutoring which is clinician led.

Step 1 Information

Step One of the United States Medical Licensing Examination measures the candidate’s ability to apply scientific knowledge to the practice of medicine. This examination is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Questions are created by committees of experts in each of the content areas. These content areas are anatomy; behavioral sciences; biochemistry; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and other topics including genetics, nutrition, and aging. Between 40 and 50% of the exam covers general principles in these content areas; the remaining 50 to 60% focuses on the following individual organ systems: hematopoietic/lymphoreticular; nervous/special senses; skin/connective tissue; musculoskeletal; respiratory; cardiovascular; gastrointestinal; renal/urinary; reproductive; and endocrine. The exam will focus on the following themes with respect to the above content areas: normal structure and function (30 to 50% of the exam); abnormal processes (30 to 50%); principles of therapeutics (15 to 25%); and psychosocial, cultural, occupational, and environmental considerations (10 to 20%). Candidates will often have to incorporate information from charts, tables, graphs, and gross and microscopic specimens.

The questions on the USMLE Step 1 are in a multiple-choice, best-answer format. There are 280 questions on the exam. The number of questions answered correctly will be used to calculate the score on a three-digit scale. Individuals who do not begin every block of the test will not receive a score. In order to pass the USMLE Step 1, individuals must receive a minimum score of 192. The exam takes 8 hours and is administered in 7 one-hour blocks over the course of a day. The USMLE Step 1 is administered year-round by Thomson Prometric; those who wish to take this exam should register for test date and location at the Prometric website.

Step 2/3 Information

Step 2 assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine.

Step 2 CK is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes clinical science material along two dimensions: physician task and disease category.

Step 2 CK is a one-day examination. It is divided into eight 60-minute blocks, administered in one 9-hour testing session. Test item formats may vary within each block.

The number of items in a block will be displayed at the beginning of each block. This number will vary among blocks, but will not exceed 40 items. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 318 items. Regardless of the number of items, 60 minutes are allotted for the completion of each block.

On the test day, examinees have a minimum of 45 minutes of break time and a 15- minute optional tutorial. The amount of time available for breaks may be increased by finishing a block of test items or the optional tutorial before the allotted time expires.

In partnership with Medical Training A-Z, we will be running 4-week blended learning courses. These courses will take place in Rainham, United Kingdom which is only a 25 minute train ride from the heart of Central London! As a part of this course, students will receive the following services:

  • Live Lecture streamed directly to the learning center in the UK
  • Access to pre-recorded lecture videos of the course content
  • One-on-one tutoring sessions
  • Small group tutoring and drill sessions
  • Live Streamed Morning Questions – learn how to break questions down in order to find the concept or clue
  • Access to Student Support Services for assistance with coaching, goals, and tips on overcoming test anxiety
  • One weekend course on clinical practices taught by practicing doctors with actual patients – see how diseases present and how to properly engage with patients
  • Additional in person lectures provided by experts in their field directly related to the course schedule including topics on pharmacology and cardiology
  • An in person presentation from an actual test question writer for the USMLE who will teach you how to think of the questions from their perspective