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Step 3 is the third written 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 medical knowledge and an understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine, with emphasis on patient management in ambulatory settings. Our question bank is specifically designed to teach you the kind of thinking that you need to know.
The USMLE Step 3 is a two-day exam:
Day 1: Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP) determine's the student's knowledge of basic medical and scientific principles essential for effective health care.
Day 2: Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM) evaluate's the student's ability to apply comprehensive knowledge of health and disease in the context of patient management and the evolving manifestation of disease over time.
Based on 2016 data, the pass rates for Step 3 are quite high (over 96%). It’s one of the easier exams, but this may be in part that students are quite well prepared for this type of exam after taking the first two. Starting 2014, the exam can be taken on two separate, non-consecutive days.
However, there is some advice that we hear pretty frequently:
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