Tips on Using Qbanks In Your USMLE Step 1 Study Plan

  • /Reviewed by: Amy Rontal, MD
  • We list our best advice for incorporating question banks into your board prep.

    Question banks, aka qbanks, are a tool used by many medical students to help them prepare for the USMLE Step 1. Questions banks can be very useful in that they allow you to test yourself and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the required material. As you start preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam this year, check out our resources below on how to use question banks effectively.

    USMLE Step 1 Study Resources Roundup – Question Banks

    Learn about the main ways students use question banks and see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in this blog post. If you have questions such as “Should I use more than 1 qbank?” or “What question bank should I use?”, this article will help answer all of your questions.

    Learn about the UWorld qbank which is one of the most popular question banks for studying for the USMLE Step 1. With over 2400 questions written by practicing physicians, more than 90% of medical students use this question bank to help them prepare.

    Top 5 Reasons to Start Using Your USMLE QBank Early

    Learn the advantages of starting to use qbanks early from real medical students who excelled on their USMLE Step 1 Exams. With the average medical student going through more than 2000 questions in a qbank before taking their USMLE Step 1, it can pay off to start early.

    Students who start using their question banks earlier are not only able to increase the number of questions they go through but also increase the speed at which they can answer different questions. Additionally, the earlier you start the more you can take advantage of discounted payment options – leading to you paying less for more preparation.

    Advice on How to Use USMLE Question Banks from a Question Writer

    As Derek Kong, a Yale Medical Student and contributor for PasTest states: “Greater than 95% of US medical students are going to use some sort of question bank” in preparing for the USMLE Step 1. In this post, learn the 2 main ways students use qbanks and exactly when you should start using them to review. Also, discover recommendations on the time you should spend on learning the material versus quizzing yourself using question banks.

    Need further information about qbanks? Check Cram Fighter’s stats on the most popular qbanks our customers add to their study plans, or how many average questions our customers schedule, on our Stats page.

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    Erica Forrette is the former Director of Marketing at Cram Fighter.