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Changes to the USMLE Step 1 Format!!!

Discussion in 'USMLE Step 1' started by orthopod, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. orthopod

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    On March 3rd, The NBME announced changes in the Step 1 exam for anyone taking the test on or after May 9th, 2016.

    "Step 1 will remain a one-day exam. The testing day includes 280 multiple-choice items divided into 7 blocks of 40 items; 60 minutes are allotted for completion of each block of test items."

    This is huge, as it decreases the number of questions down to 280. Time per section has remained the same, indicating that stems might be longer with more clinical information, labs, images, pathology, radiology, etc... The changes may be minor as it only increases the time per question by 8 seconds. There have also been changes to the testing software with new features added:Text magnification, Image magnification, Background/text color change.

    How do you think these changes will affect you?


    Read the full announcement (where you can also find the PDF) HERE
     

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