The Step 1 Self-Assessment: How to Read Your Score Report

Sophie Moran - Mar 03, 2021

That’s it! The annual AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment Week is finished for another year. Over 40,000 students took part globally. This includes approximately 22,000 students in the US making it our biggest, most-representative Step 1 self-assessment ever. For those who will be turning their attention to Step 2 CK, you can sign up for AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment Week here

Students that completed it are now receiving a score report that includes a 3-digit score prediction, performance breakdown, and personalized study recommendations. 

To help you navigate your Step 1 Self-Assessment Score Report, we’ve put together this handy guide. It includes explanations of all of its sections so you can analyze your performance and be as prepared as you can be when test day arrives. 


Your 3-digit score 

At the top of your score report, you’ll find your 3-digit score. The score is calculated using the performance of Self-Assessment-takers that are within weeks of their actual USMLE® Step 1 exam date as a reference. For more information regarding the score calculation, check out this blog post

It’s important to keep in mind that AMBOSS can only provide an estimated Step 1 score. Your 3-digit score is not intended to predict your performance on the actual exam, but rather to identify your relative strengths and weaknesses. 

If you did not complete all four blocks of the self-assessment, you will not receive a 3-digit score.*


Your percentile ranking

The percentile ranking is based on the relative performance of all participants that completed the AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment. 

High-yield topics you should focus on 

Based on your performance on the self-assessment, we’ve selected the topics you need to focus on the most before you take the actual Step 1 exam

You will find personalized Qbank sessions that are designed to address your weak points from the self-assessment. You can dive right in and target the areas you need to focus on or, if you don’t feel quite ready for that, you can review your self-assessment answers, and see what you got right and what you got wrong. 


How you performed compared to other self-assessment-takers

The bar chart you see on the score report shows the relative performance of the self-assessment-takers from the US and Canada who are about to take the USMLE Step 1 exam. 


Relative strengths and weaknesses

Your score report includes your relative strengths and weaknesses based on your performance in the self-assessment. These are broken down by discipline and organ system. They include a percentage that represents how often each item appears on the exam and shows how you performed in each area. 

Your performance results are categorized by “Lower,” “Same,” and “Higher,” which is the same format that appears on the actual USMLE score report. These results are based on your overall performance in the self-assessment. The areas you performed best in will be reflected in the ‘Higher’ section while the areas you performed least well in will be in the ‘Lower’ section. 


Get a personalized study plan 

At the end of your score report, you’ll find the AMBOSS Study Planner. It only takes seconds to create a study plan that will work around your schedule and provide the structure you need. Unlock analyses as you progress that to target your weaker areas and can succeed on Step 1

*Didn’t complete the self-assessment? You’ll still get a report

If you did not complete the full self-assessment, you’ll still receive a personalized report. This report is based on the number of questions you answered and the results of those questions.

Don’t worry if you didn’t finish all four blocks. We have plenty of other Step 1 tools that will help you confidently prepare for the exam, such as the Step 1 study plans and the AMBOSS Study Planner.

Congratulations on getting to this milestone in your Step 1 studies. If you have more questions about your score report, please check out our help center