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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three step examination for medical license in the United States. It assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, & to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease

USMLE – Quick Facts

STEPsExam ContentDurationMin Score to Pass
STEP 1Basic Medical Science8 hours / approx 280 questions194
STEP 2 CKClinical Knowledge 9 hours / approx 318 questions209
STEP 2 CSClinical Skills1 Day / 12 patient encountersPass / Fail
STEP 3Patient Management Skills2 Days / approx 410 questions + 13 case simulations198

Succeed on Your USMLE Exams

Step 1 - One Day Exam

Divided into seven 60-minute blocks & administered in 8-hour testing session. The number of questions per block on a given exam form may vary, but will not exceed 40. The total number of items on the overall will not exceed 280.

Step 2CK - One Day Exam

Assesses your ability to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

Step 2CS

Standardized patients are used to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.

Step 3

Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP)

Mainly focuses on assessment of knowledge of basic medical and scientific principles essential for effective health care.

Insight into USMLE Steps Exams

Step 1

Understanding the underlying mechanism of disease & initial diagnosis

Basic Sciences

Behavioural Science

8 Hour Exam
7 Blocks
280 questions maximum

passing Score: 194
Pass Rate: 73%

Step 2 CK

Assessment and applications of patients initial diagnosis and treatment

Clinical Knowledge

Internal Medicine

9 Hour Exam
8 Blocks
318 questions maximum

passing Score: 209
Pass Rate: 75%

Step 2 CS

Tests on the ability to gather information, perform physical examinations, and communicate findings

Clinical Skills

Communication and
Interpersonal Skills
Spoken English Proficiency
Physical Exam and Patient

12 Patient Encounters
Only given in the US

Pass / Fail
Pass Rate: 85%

Step 3

Understanding clinical science  essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine

Patient Care

Internal Medicine

2 Days Exam –
Multiple choice questions and
Clinical case simulations 

passing Score: 198
Pass Rate: 84%

Kaplan Medical’s Free Live Online USMLE workshops

Event Title DateDay
Pathway to Medical Residency in the USJanuary 07Thursday
Step 2 CK Infectious Disease Lecture with Dr. NotoJanuary 12Tuesday
Studying USMLE in New York on a Student VisaJanuary 20Wednesday
What You Want to Know About the INBDEJanuary 27Wednesday
USMLE Study StrategiesJanuary 28Thursday
Step 1 Gross Anatomy Lecture with Dr. WhiteFebruary 02Tuesday
Step 1 Metabolism Lecture with Dr. BrooksFebruary 09Tuesday
Step 1 Molecular Biology Lecture with Dr. TurcoFebruary 16Tuesday
How to Apply for the ECFMGFebruary 25Thursday
Interpreting your USMLE Diagnostic ExamMarch 10Wednesday

Free USMLE Events in 2021

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Dr. Hafeez Khan (Senior Medical Enrollment Consultant, Kaplan Medical)

Dr. Hafeez Khan is a “Senior Consultant’ at Kaplan Medical and also a member of their Teaching Faculty. Emerging Visions Pvt Ltd is honored to have him as a Medical Advisor assigned by Kaplan Medical for students who are planning their US Residency through USMLE.

USMLE - Your Pathway to the U.S Residency

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