Why Should I Subscribe?

Choosing the right material for USMLE preparation is the key to achieving high scores. There are a number of options out there in the market to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam. From our experience, there are pros and cons in each. The UWorld Step 1 Qbank, while retaining the best features, answers all the shortcomings and has some new features helpful for the exam.

  • Greatest effect of Step 1 score: Determined by AAMC independent study
  • Most widely used Qbank: Used by over 90% of all medical students
  • Questions are concept-based learning resources, not facts or assessments of knowledge
  • One-stop comprehensive resource
  • Questions and explanations are written by only the top medical experts with clinical experience

Independent Study Identifies UWorld as Having the "Greatest Effect" on Step 1 Exam

In the study "Are Questions the Answer? The Effect of Popular Study Resources on USMLE Step 1 Performance" (published by the Association of American Medical Colleges), researchers determined that a "student who completes the entire UWorld Qbank would increase his/her score by 20 points (1 SD on Step 1) as compared to the same student who does 0 UWorld Questions." The researchers, from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Kaiser Hospital, surveyed first-time test takers in 2011; the study identified that "UWorld shows the greatest effect" on those preparing for the exam and concluded that they "recommend UWorld" for students preparing for the exam.

Focused Exam Content with Detailed, Up-to-Date Explanations

At UWorld, we strongly believe that it is not just the number of questions you practice but the number of high-quality questions you understand in order to obtain high, competitive USMLE scores. Therefore, the physicians at UWorld have designed the Step 1 Qbank with focused, high-yield, and up-to-date content and explanations that meet the current objectives of the real exam. Each question requires a three- to four-level mode of thinking, which is much more difficult than what you would encounter on the actual USMLE exam. We are confident that if you practice all of the questions in our Qbank at least twice and read each explanation at least two or three times, your chances of earning a competitive score will increase. We continuously update our Qbanks to ensure that our high-quality questions match the changing standards of the USMLE. After ample preparation, practicing as many high-quality questions as possible is the key to a high score on each USMLE exam.

Learn More in Less Time

In many USMLE Qbank sources, an average student can answer around 70%-80% of the questions. This means that by spending a good amount of time and money, you end up learning only 20%-30% of new content. Unlike our competitors, our practice questions are much harder, making it much more difficult for an average student to score high in the first few attempts. The goal is not to discourage students but to motivate them to study harder and smarter. Average scores for UWorld are around 50%-60%, implying that, on average, a student learns 40%-50% of new content with our Qbank. The UWorld Qbank question items are designed to test the difficult part of the examination content while incorporating the less difficult to medium-difficulty concepts in each question’s explanations.

Feel at Home on the Big Day

Familiarizing yourself with the real exam software interface is very important. We have designed our Qbank to have the same look and feel as that of the actual exam. Sufficient practice with this Qbank will make you feel at home while taking the real exam. That way, you can spend your valuable time analyzing the question instead of familiarizing yourself with the software.

Competitive Prices/Flexible Durations/Convenient Test Packages

  • Affordable, low monthly subscription rates
  • Unlimited number of extensions/renewals of an active subscription
  • Each test package duration is created to suit your preference
  • Fast, friendly, and reliable customer service available to meet your every need

Additional Subscriber Benefits

  • Learn from the pros as you gain insight, pearls, tips, memory aids, and high-yield information on how to excel in all USMLE exams
  • Develop unlimited knowledge and strategy in USMLE test taking
  • Our state-of-the-art designed questions will allow you to learn more in less time
  • Gain confidence as you apply these learned skills in the hospital setting
  • High pass rate of first-time USMLE examinees after using UWorld for test preparation
  • External references to medical journal abstracts
  • Improve your time management skills by monitoring time spent per question
  • Compare your progress on a test-by-test basis via a detailed chart
  • Ability to generate identical test blocks, ideal for instructor-led study groups
  • Compare performance scores with other UWorld users, see which subjects need improvement, and view your cumulative performance outline