Outcomes and Analysis: Step 1 Self-Assessment Week Results
Update: The USMLE® Step 1 exam switches to a Pass/Fail exam as of January 26, 2022. This means you are no longer dependent on the previous three-digit score. You can learn more about how to study for the new Step 1 exam with Dr. Ryan Colaço here. Read the official USMLE announcement here.
The first annual AMBOSS USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week just ended! Over 9,500 students from the United States (and the world) participated and have already received their approximate 3-digit score report and personalized learning recommendations. Students from over 190 U.S. medical schools answered over one million questions.
The Self-Assessment Week took place March 30-April 7, 2019. It consisted of a practice version of the USMLE Step 1 exam with 4 question blocks of 40 questions each (160 questions total) and was presented in the USMLE’s official timed format. It was the first self-assessment of its kind, using performance statistics from this year’s cohort of Step 1 takers.
Students received an approximate 3-digit predictive score on Tuesday, April 9th. The score range was 1-300, with a mean of 229 and a standard deviation of 20. Out of all participants, the highest score was 277 and the lowest was 155. Most students scored between 216-230 on the assessment.
Range of Student Scores
This score range includes Step 1 students from medical schools across the United States, which includes both MD and DO schools.
Participating U.S. Medical Schools
For students who took the self-assessment, the most challenging topics included Diabetes Mellitus and Hepatitis B, while some of the most challenging disciplines including Pathology and Biochemistry & Nutrition.
Topics Most Likely to be Answered Incorrectly
Percentage of Correct Answers by Discipline
The most challenging question for medical students tested pathologic findings seen in glucagonoma, and only 21% of medical students got it correct. The easiest question covered professional communication when delivering serious news, which over 93% of US students got correct.
How to Analyze Your Performance and Score Higher with AMBOSS
Self-assessment participants can review any questions from the practice exam to help them better understand the topics covered. Powerful features in AMBOSS and a high-yield Knowledge Library help students learn how to get questions right in the future.
By using Guidance Mode, answer explanations, the Qbank and Knowledge Library side-by-side and other features, students can close knowledge gaps to help them score higher on the real Step 1 exam. In the video below, you can see the review process broken down into easy-to-follow steps.
How Scores Were Calculated
As with any other self-assessment, AMBOSS’ can only provide an estimate of how students will perform on the actual USMLE® Step 1 exam. While accurately predicting the exact score of every participant is impossible, we hope that our score can provide a good approximation of your future USMLE® Step 1 score. The predicted score was only one part of our analysis, however. We are confident your listed relative strengths and weaknesses will be a beneficial guide as you continue with your studies.
In addition to that, our questions are slightly more challenging than questions you may find in other self-assessments, and we have made adjustments to scores based on their difficulty. We did this when creating the self-assessment because we anticipated that users would have more opportunities to learn from these when reviewing their answers.
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