Learn about the USMLE

Am I Eligible to Take the USMLE?

Unlike other knowledge-based exams, the USMLE thoroughly assesses how well you can apply your skills, values, and attitudes to real life, patient-centered scenarios. Not only is it valuable practice for you as a future physician; it shows licensing authorities how you will operate on the job, both on and off the table. Now put on those mental scrubs and show them what you’re made of.

  • USMLE Step 1

    The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 is a one-day computer exam you’ll most likely take after your second year of medical school. It assesses your understanding of, and ability to apply, important concepts of the sciences that are basic to practicing medicine. Read More >

  • USMLE Step 2 CK

    The Step 2 CK exam assesses your ability to apply clinical science to patient care in a supervised practice setting. The test features an integrated content outline that’s organized along two dimensions: physician task and disease category. Read More >

  • USMLE Step 2 CS

    Step 2 CS follows Step 2 CK in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). It’s an interactive test where you’ll examine and diagnose actors who are pretending to be patients with specific health conditions. It’s meant to test your ability to interview patients, do physical exams, fill out medical charts, and explain your findings. Read more >

  • USMLE Step 3

    The USMLE Step 3 is the final exam in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) sequence and leads to a license to practice medicine without supervision. This two-day computerized exam currently has about 500 multiple-choice questions. The exam also includes computer-based case simulations (CCS). Read More >

  • Am I Eligible to Take the USMLE?

    Are you wondering what you need to be eligible to take the USMLE? This quick overview should help reassure you that, in most cases, the answer is, “Yes, you’re eligible!” Passing all four tests of the USMLE sequence is required for any doctor to obtain a license to practice medicine in the U.S. Read More >

Studying for the USMLE

6 Tips to Improve Your Residency Application

Each Step of the USMLE tests a variety skills and knowledge areas. Mastering large qualities of information is only one challenge of the USMLE. Unique question type formats add another layer of difficulty. Effective studying methods and real life practice questions will make you prepared for any step.

  • What to Study and How to Study

    Studying for the USMLE may seem like a daunting task due to large quantity of information it covers. However, if you know what to study and how to study for the USMLE Step 1, getting a good grasp the material tested and ultimately getting a good score, is possible. Learn more >

  • Highly Effective Study Methods

    Each person has his or her own preferred way of studying. You will have to decide what will work the best for you. High-yield study methods all have one feature in common: The more active you are with the material, the more content you will ultimately retain. Learn more >

  • How to Study for Step 2 CK

    In some ways, the Step 2 CK is an easier exam. The information tested is clinical in nature, covering much of what is learned and practiced on rotation. However, one of Step 2 CK’s greatest challenges is the lack of rigorously defined study course or materials. How can you best prepare? Learn More >

  • 5 Tips for Passing Step 2 CS

    Step 2 CS has recently become one of the most difficult of the 4 USMLE®exams, and the one students are frequently underestimating. This error has led to many students actually failing the exam. So how can we avoid getting pinched by the Step 2 CS exam and come out on top? Learn more > 

USMLE Prep Courses

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Excel at any step of the USMLE with Kaplan’s at home, in person, and high yield courses. Be prepared for test day with Kaplan’s Qbank with thousands of test questions.

  • USMLE Step 1 Prep

    USMLE prep created and taught by board-certified medical professionals who know what it takes to reach your residency.
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  • USMLE Step 2 CS Prep

    Learn effective physician-patient communication, how to take patient histories and notes, and everything else you need to succeed on the Step 2 CS. Learn more >

  • USMLE Step 3 Prep

    Join the thousands of students who have aced Step 3 with the support of our expert faculty and matched into residency. Learn more >

  • Free USMLE Practice

    Start your preparation today with our free USMLE advising sessions, USMLE practice questions, USMLE Qbank trial, and diagnostic exams. Learn more >