USMLE® Step 1 Board Review Questions and Practice Tests
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- Timed option to simulate real test conditions
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“Our medical school curriculum committee met, and student members expressed their like of the product, including that they really liked the video clips and also felt the questions were more like actual USMLE questions than those in UWorld."”Rachel R. Walden
MLIS, Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Key USMLE Step 1 Board Review Features
USMLE Step 1 Board Review Topics Covered:
- Biology of Tissue Response to Disease
- Multisystem Processes
- Quantitative Methods
- Hematopoietic and Lymphoreticular Systems
- Nervous System and Special Senses
- Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
- Musculoskeletal System
- Respiratory System
- Cardiovascular System
- Gastrointestinal System
- Renal/Urinary System
- Endocrine System
- Audio Clip Questions
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Puerperium
- Biostatistics and Epidemiology
- Male Reproductive System
- Female Reproductive System and Breast
- Immune System
- Behavioral Health
- General Principles of Foundational Science
- Social Sciences
Why BoardVitals USMLE® Step 1 Question Bank?
Our USMLE® Step 1 question bank is designed to help you learn better, gain relevant practice, and feel confident going into test day with features such as in-depth explanations for every answer, better visual aids, more questions, and our "Vital Concepts" section.
Robust In-Depth Explanations
We've updated our USMLE® Step 1 question bank to include more robust and detailed explanations. These new questions have more in-depth explanations and enhanced features designed to help you learn the information better.
The BoardVitals USMLE® Step 1 question bank includes our "Vital Concepts" section. Vital Concepts details important information and/or a summary of key teaching points tested in the question. It is designed to help you optimize your understanding of the tested concept within each specific question. When you study this section with the updated explanations found in question banks, you will understand the key points for each concept and knowledge area on the exam.
Better USMLE® Visual Aids
The new USMLE® Step 1 question bank includes more questions with visual aids to give you a clearer look at difficult USMLE® concepts. These visual aids include diagrams, flow charts, tables, and more radiological and pathology images.
Information about the USMLE® Step 1 Exam
Step 1 is the first board exam you will take during Medical School that is sponsored by both the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners. The test is designed to determine if students can apply the basic sciences to the practice of Medicine. Our question bank is specifically designed to teach you the kind of thinking that you need to know.
What is covered on the USMLE® Step 1 Exam?
The following categories are found on the 2023 USMLE® Step 1 Content Outline:
- General Principles 12–16%
- Blood & Lymphoreticular/Immune Systems 7-11%
- Behavioral Health & Nervous Systems/Special Senses 9–13%
- Musculoskeletal, Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue 6-10%
- Cardiovascular System 5-9%
- Respiratory & Renal/Urinary Systems 9-13%
- Gastrointestinal System 5-9%
- Reproductive & Endocrine Systems 9-13%
- Multisystem Processes & Disorders 6-10%
- Biostatistics & Epidemiology/Population Health 4-6%
- Social Sciences: Communication and Interpersonal Skills 6-9%
How long is the USMLE® Step 1 Exam?
Step 1 is a one-day examination. It is divided into seven 60-minute blocks and administered in one 8-hour testing session The number of questions per block on a given examination form will vary, but will not exceed 40. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 280.
Generally, time is not a problem, but we strongly suggest that you practice the timing on the questions. We provide a timer for both the individual questions, as well as your overall practice exam. This should help give you a feel for the pace of the questions.
USMLE® Step 1 Tips
The USMLE® Step 1 is scored as pass/fail. The Step 1 Passing Standard is 196.
Scores on the MCAT do have a correlation with performance on the Step 1 exam, though the correlation is weak. Most importantly, the USMLE® Step 1 is known to have a significant influence on residency match and is therefore known to be a high-pressure exam as those with the highest scores on this exam are thought to have the most options in terms of residency specialties and locations.
The 2022 Step 1 Pass Rate was reported as 93% amongst first-time test takers.
We strongly suggest using First Aid as a study companion. We also suggest Rapid Review Pathology by Goljan.