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Aaron Allen
Aaron Allen

USMLE UWorld Step 1


UWorld is fantastic, but is by no means infallible. There are definite strengths and weaknesses to UWorld. To ignore other valuable resources is to set yourself up for potential disappointment. For example, it is excellent at making difficult two-step reasoning questions. However, it tends to be weaker on more recall-type questions that can also be on the USMLEs.




USMLE UWorld Step 1



I am very happy to announce that I am done with all three portions of the usmle medical licensing exam! Below I've listed a few tips that I picked up over the past 2+ years of using uworld as a study resource. Feel free to contact me with questions either in the comments section or on the contact page. I also love your suggestions for future posts!


Keep in mind that depending on how many hours you are studying a day (it will vary drastically for step 1 vs step 3), your day may be divided into multiple different blocks of questions vs. reading vs. breaks. For step 1, I alternated a couple of sets of questions followed by a certain number of pages reading throughout the day. For step 2, I only did questions, no reading. For step 3, I only did 1-2 sets of questions/day, and I did a lot of the questions on my phone during downtime in clinic compared to dedicated study time at my computer for the previous 2 steps.


We were required to take a reading comprehension exam at the beginning of medical school and we all found it to be so silly, but that's such a HUGE comonent of the step exams. It's not just can you figure out the answer to this question, but can you read the question and think of the answer quickly enough?? If you're a slow test taker at baseline, you will need to address this during your study time. For step exams, I wouldn't worry about it for the first half of studying just because you don't actually know ANY of the answers to the questions.


The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). 041b061a72


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