USMLE Exam Pattern

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​USMLE Exam Pattern

The number of USMLE Step 1 questions will be total of 280. The questions will be in multiple choice question form. The Step 1 exam is a single day exam with a duration of 8 hours. The eight-hour duration consists of seven blocks, which are 60 minutes long. A single block in Step 1 examination will have 40 questions each.

USMLE Step 1 Exam Pattern

Duration

Total Questions

Blocks

No. of Question in each Block

8 Hours

280

7

40

USMLE Step 2 Exam Pattern

USMLE Step 2

Duration

Total Questions

Blocks

No. of Question in each Block

USMLE Step 2 CK

9 Hours

318

8

40

USMLE Step 2 CS

-

12 Patients

15 Minutes Each

-

USMLE Exam Pattern for Step 3

USMLE Step 3 Day 1: Foundation of Independent Practice (FIP)

The first day of Step 3 Examination is the assessment of candidate’s knowledge of basic scientific and medical principles essential for effective healthcare. It is also an assessment of knowledge of patient history and physical examination along with diagnosis and use of diagnostic studies.

The examination duration for Day 1 is 7 Hours, divided into 6 blocks. Each block contains 38 to 40 items respectively.  The total number of USMLE Step 3 questions for Day 1 will not exceed 260.

USMLE Step 3 Day 2: Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACP)

The second day of Step 3 Examination is the assessment of knowledge application abilities in patient management and manifestation of disease. It also asses various aspects such as diagnosis and prognosis, health maintenance and screening, therapeutics and medical decision-making.

The examination duration for Day 2 is 9 hours, divided into 6 blocks. Each block contains 33 questions respectively. The total number of USMLE Step 3 questions for Day 2 is 200.

The test also contains computer based case stimulations.

USMLE Step 3 Exam Pattern:

USMLE Step 3

Duration

Total Questions

Blocks

No. of Question in each Block

USMLE Step 3 Day 1

7 hours

233

6

38-40

USMLE Step 3 Day 2

9 hours

180

6 (30 minutes each)

33

(13 case stimulations)

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