Wednesday, February 13, 2013

USMLE information


USMLE is the part of United States Medical Licensing Examination,which has 3 steps.

Test Length & Format:

The exam used to be an eight-hour computer-based test taken in a single-day, composed of seven 48-question sections with a total of 322 multiple-choice questions.
One hour is the time provided for each section.
Between test sections,test taker is allotted 45 minutes during test day for personal breaks.There is a 15 minute tutorial at the beginning of the exam, which the test-taker can choose to skip and have that time added to break time.
If the contester finishes any section before given 1 hour time limit the rest unused time is added to the break time.
For Step 1, during the defined time to complete the items in each block, you may answer the items in any order, review your responses, and change answers. After you exit the block, or when time expires, you can no longer review test items or change answers.


Step 1 is designed to test the knowledge about basics subjects which includes;


Interdisciplinary topics, such as nutrition, genetics, and aging
Test items commonly require you to perform one or more of the following tasks:

  • Interpret graphic and tabular material
  • Identify gross and microscopic pathologic and normal specimens
  • Apply basic science knowledge to clinical problems

Step 1 classifies test items into System and Process, as shown below;


40%-50% General principles
50%-60% Individual organ systems

Nervous/special senses
Skin/connective tissue


30%–50% Normal structure and function
30%–50% Abnormal processes
15%–25% Principles of therapeutics
10%–20% Psychosocial, cultural, occupational, and environmental considerations


To be eligible to take the USMLE Step 1, you must be in one of the following categories at the time of application and on the test day:

- a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US or Canadian
- or a student(or graduate) of  medical school outside the United States and Canada and eligible for examination by the ECFMG.

Stay tuned for more information!

The information presented on this page is taken from the official USMLE website
Please refer to the official USMLE website for further information regarding USMLE requirements, scheduling your exam and the application process.

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