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Poor Preparation

Poor preparation is the most common reason students fail USMLE Step 1. Often students will purchase stacks of review books and attempt to memorize questions, outlines and facts. It is impossible to memorize what you need to know to earn a pass on licensure exams. Licensure exams require a student to have a clear understanding of basic and clinical science, and its application to patient care. 

Mastering the coursework is the only sure means of ensuring students to do well on exams. Students that fail USMLE Step 1 are often those that didn't put adequate importance on their coursework. They believed they could cram to have what they need for course exams, and memorize what they need to know for the licensure exam from board review books. This flawed process is the most common reason students fail USMLE Step 1. 

Coursework is detailed and mastering the details is the only sure means of doing well on licensure exams. It’s earning a complete knowledge of the details that provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts needed in their eventual practice of medicine. Many students complain about the rigors of their curriculum and seek short cuts. There are none, but unfortunately this fact only becomes clear once students fail USMLE Step 1. 

Besides poor preparation for exams, the other primary reason students fail USMLE Step 1 is poor study habits.

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Blame the Medical School

It's natural for people to blame anyone or anything but themselves for their own failure, and so it is with students who fail USMLE Step 1. The most common reason cited for failure is to assign the fault to the medical school attended. 


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The purpose of USMLE Step 1 is to evaluate students' abilities to apply key concepts and fundamentals to the practice of medicine. The difficulty in passing USMLE Step 1 is the breadth and massive volume of information students need to have a clear understanding of. Students are expected to have absorbed a mountain of information and then regurgitate it during an 8 hour day,  and do so at a rate of about one minute per question. Obviously gaining a complete, clear understanding of so many different areas, and then being forced to recall and apply them while under pressure is an incredible challenge. Some students are simply not up to the task and fail.

This month’s success story is from Nick. His score report is shown.

“I got my score report today. I passed, thank God. Didn't do nearly as good as I was hoping though.... only 210.  On all the nbme's I was scoring higher and I felt good coming out of the real exam. Was hoping for 220 and up but I am happy that I passed and will now be able to move on to the next step. Thank you for your tutoring and support during the course. Attached is my score report. If any prospective student needs any information about your course, have them call me. – N.M


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Thank you for helping me pass the USMLE with outstanding success; after failing the exam twice before finding out about your course, I was able to achieve a score of 242, and that is the best news I have ever achieved in my whole life. Your notes is very masterfully written and is exactly on point. It covered every aspect of the exam and it wasn't overwhelming to read. I have been spreading the word about your class and your great notes.  -V.P. (Michigan)