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USMLE Test Strategies

There is no question that the best strategy for USMLE success is to know the content tested. Without content knowledge, your chances of passing, let alone doing well on the Step 1 exam, are slim to none. However, knowing the science doesn't guarantee a high score. You also need to be able to APPLY that knowledge to USMLE-style questions. And you need to make sure you can answer the questions in the allotted time! There is nothing more frustrating than running out of time on a standardized test.

In addition, to score well on the USMLE Step 1 you'll need to keep your composure. There will be many questions where you won't know the answer. Good test takers won't panic! They will systematically eliminate the distracters they know are wrong and will then guess and move on.

Follow the links below to find an ever-growing library of articles focusing on test-taking strategies. Some articles will be specific for Step 1; others will apply to all the Steps of the USMLE.

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