First Aid for the USMLE Step 3 a student to student Guide Ebook PDF download
First Aid for the USMLE Step 3 a student to student Guide Ebook PDF download The Step 3 exam is a two-day computer-based test (CBT) administered by Pro-
metric, Inc. The USMLE is now using new testing software called FRED.
FRED is different from the Step 1 and Step 2 exams you took in that you can
now highlight and strike out test choices as well as make brief notes to yourself.
Day 1 includes seven 60-minute blocks of 48 multiple-choice questions for a
total of 336 questions over seven hours. You get at least 45 minutes of break
time and 15 minutes for an optional tutorial. During the time allotted for each
block, you can answer test questions in any order as well as review responses
and change answers. Examinees cannot go back and change answers from pre-
vious blocks. Once an examinee finishes a block, he or she must click on a
screen icon to continue to the next block. Time not used during a testing block
will be added to your overall break time, but it cannot be used to complete
other testing blocks. Expect to spend up to nine hours at the test center.
Day 2 consists of four 30-minute blocks of 36 questions for a total of 144 ques-
tions. You also get nine interactive case simulations over four hours using the
Primum CCS format.
What Is Step 3 Like? Even if you’re familiar with the CBT and the Prometric test centers, FRED is a new testing format that you should access from the USMLE CD-ROM or Web site and try out prior to the exam. In addition, there is the CCS format, which definitely requires practice.
If you familiarize yourself with the FRED testing interface ahead of time, you
can skip the 15-minute tutorial offered on exam day and add those minutes to
your allotted break time of 45 minutes.
For security reasons, examinees are not allowed to bring personal electronic
equipment into the testing area, including digital watches, watches.
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