The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three-step test that all physicians must pass before they can begin practicing medicine in America. Also known as the USMLE, the United States Medical Licensing Examination is sponsored by the National Board of Medical Examiners as well as the Federation of State Medical Boards.
According to the USMLE’s official website, the test will assess a physician’s ability to properly apply knowledge, concepts and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that are critical in providing effective care.
Overview of the United States Medical Licensing Examination
Taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination begins with USMLE Step 1. Step 1 is a one-day exam that consists for 322 multiple-choice questions. These questions are split into seven blocks of 46 questions each. Those taking the test will have one hour to complete each block of the test. Examinees will also get a minimum of 45 minutes of break time. Students can receive more break time if they finish a block of the test before the time expires.
In December 2013, the USMLE Step 1 Committee announced that the minimum passing score for the test would be changed to 188-192. The change was implemented in January 2014.
While fees may vary by location, students can expect to pay just under $600.00 to take Step 1 of the USMLE.
Tips for Taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination
When taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination, examinees are encouraged to read each question and available answers carefully. In the event you don’t know an answer, examinees are encouraged to guess as a last resort since unanswered questions are automatically deemed wrong.
Before taking USMLE Step 1, students and graduates are encouraged to take simulated tests and spend time solely dedicated to studying every day for 4-5 weeks. Proper diet, exercise and nutrition habits are also viewed as greatly beneficial for those planning on taking the test.