USMLE Exam Pattern 2018: The USMLE 2018 Exam pattern of each step of the exam is different. This is mainly because each step aims to assess a different area of the aspirant as well as have different subjects and models of assessment. The USMLE 2018 Step 1 aims to assess the knowledge of concepts of science, Step 2 assess clinical knowledge and patient care process, and Step 3 covers application of foundational sciences and patient management ability of the aspirant.
USMLE 2018 application forms are filled up separately for each step. Candidates who qualify for USMLE Step 1 can apply to the further steps. While the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK can be taken all over the world, Step 2 CS and step 3 has to be taken at in designated centres in the USA.
USMLE Exam Pattern 2018- Step 1
The Step 1 of USMLE 2018 will be covers approximately 18 medical disciplines and its inter-disciplines. This step aims to assess a test-takers knowledge of the concepts of science in terms of medical practice. The Step 1 of USMLE 2018 is an 8-hour exam conducted in a single-day. The questions are primarily multiple-choice questions. The question paper of Step 1 contains seven 60-minute blocks. The highest number of question in each block will be less 40 or less. The total number of questions in 8-hour exam should be 310 or less.
Exam Pattern of USMLE 2018 Step 1:
USMLE exam Pattern
Multiple-Choice Computer-based test with 310 MCQ questions
The USMLE exam pattern 2018 for Step 1 covers the following disciplines:
Disciplines covered in USMLE Step 1
Biostatistics and epidemiology
Further, the exam pattern of USMLE step 1 also covers the following inter-disciplines:
Inter-disciplines covered in USMLE Step 1
Molecular and cell biology
USMLE Exam Pattern 2018- Step 2
The Step 2 of USMLE 2018 will be conducted in two parts – Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Science (CS). The Clinical Knowledge (CK) is an MCQ-based paper. The questions can be Single-Item Questions or Sequential Item Sets. This step can be taken by aspirants in the country of origin. For the Step 2 USMLE – Clinical Science (CS), test-takers are required to travel to USA to take the test. The test assesses candidates through a simulated patient care process. The candidates have to take care of these standardised patients. Each test taker examines a total of 12 patients for which they are given 15 minutes each. The exam pattern of USMLE Step 2 CK includes approximately 18 areas. A few are listed below:
Disciplines covered in USMLE Step 2
Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue
Blood & Lymphoreticular Systems
Nervous System & Special Senses
USMLE 2018 Exam Pattern for Step 2(CK and CS):
USMLE Exam Pattern
Step 2 CK
Computer-based test covering 350 MCQ questions.
Step 2 CS
USMLE Exam Pattern 2018- Step 3
The USMLE Step 3 is a two-day test conducted in USA. The exam is conducted across six centres. The Step3 USMLE exam covers Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP) and Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM). The USMLE Step 3 eligibility requirements are that the candidate should have cleared the USMLE step 1 and step 2 (CK and CS) are only eligible for the Step 3. Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP) includes application of foundational sciences; understanding of biostatistics and epidemiology/population health among others, and assesses knowledge of basic medical principles. Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM) includes diagnosis, prognosis, health maintenance, and assesses the patient management ability of the candidate.
USMLE 2018 Exam Pattern for Step 3
USMLE exam Pattern
USMLE Step 3 (FIP)
260 MCQs grouped into six 60-minute blocks, each block contains approximately 44 questions
USMLE Step 3 (ACM)
200 MCQs grouped into six 45-minute blocks, each block contains approximately 33 questions
USMLE 2018 Scores
The scoring pattern of different Steps of USMLE 2018 are different. Candidates receive the USMLE scores of USMLE 2018 Steps to which they have applied. The scores for USMLE step 2 CS is released as Pass or Fail.
The minimum passing USMLE 2018 scores are as follows:
Minimum Scores Required
Step 2 CK