Taking the AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment

  • Where can I find and start the AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment? 

You will receive an email from us on February 9 with a link to access and begin the self-assessment. It will also be available in your AMBOSS account, and you can start it there. Please just make sure you sign up before then on this page

  • Can I take the self-assessment earlier or later on?

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to take the self-assessment before February 9 or after February 19, 2023. The AMBOSS self-assessment is designed as a community-based event that is available for a limited time only. The unique self-assessment questions— that are representative of the exam distribution— are available on the platform only during the stated week. You will receive your score report at the same time as everyone taking the assessment with you. 

  • Is the relative distribution of topics the same as in the actual Step 1 exam?

Yes, our self-assessment reflects the relative distribution of topics on the actual USMLE® exam. Accordingly, the Step 1 Self-Assessment will reflect the NBME®’s announcement that communication and interpersonal skills questions will feature more prominently on the exam.

  • How long do I have to complete the self-assessment?

You will have 60 minutes to complete each question block, so make sure to give yourself enough time to complete one before you sit down to take it. If you need to pause the exam for some reason, you are welcome to do so. 
That said,  we recommend you complete the entire block in one sitting so that you are able to most effectively simulate the actual Step 1 exam!

  • Do I have to complete the entire self-assessment/all four blocks in one sitting?

You can, but you don’t have to. You can split the self-assessment up into chunks and take each block at any point throughout the week. That said, we recommend that you complete the exam in one sitting, since this is the best way to simulate the actual exam and build your stamina. 

  • Will I be able to review my answers right away?

The self-assessment exam is made up of four blocks, each including 40 questions. After answering all 40 questions in a block, you will have the option to review the completed block’s correct answers and explanations or to continue with the rest of the exam.
You will also be able to go back and see your completed blocks and review your answers at any time during the self-assessment week.

  • Can I access my completed self-assessment even after AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment Week is over?

Yes, you’ll be able to access and review your completed self-assessment question blocks for some time after the event is over, as long as you have access to AMBOSS. You won’t be able to change any of your answers, but you can review your recommended articles, and start a Qbank session based on those articles or your relative strengths & weaknesses. Your score report will be available in your account for one month once released, making sure you can delve into all the topics!

  • Can I take the self-assessment on a mobile device?

The self-assessment is not available on mobile apps. Although it is possible to take it on the web browser of your mobile device, we strongly recommend taking it on your desktop device. 
Taking the self-assessment on a desktop will better mimic the real testing environment of the USMLE® Step 1 exam, which will not be available on mobile devices.

  • Will I see the same questions as the current Step 1 material on the platform?

The questions were previously in our Qbank as dedicated Step 1 questions, however, we removed them from the Qbank a few months ago to ensure that students who take our self-assessment will be able to test themselves with fresh questions. 
Because of this, if you started preparing early, it may be possible that you see some of the same questions.

  • Are the questions the same as those from 2022’s AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment?

Most of the questions are mostly the same as the 2022 self-assessment. This is to make sure that you are getting the most accurate prediction possible and because we are confident that these are the most representative questions of what you will see in the actual exam. 
That said,  there will be some differences as our team is constantly updating our questions. This year will also feature some new communications questions to reflect the Step 1 topic distribution. 

  • Will there be future self-assessments?

Yes, there will be future self-assessments! You can sign up to receive communication about future assessments on this page.

  • When will I get my score report?

You must complete all four blocks of the self-assessment by 1:00 AM PST on Monday, February 20 to receive your score report. The report will be delivered via email on Thursday, February 23, 2023, and will also be accessible within the AMBOSS platform.

  • How will the self-assessment reflect the new USMLE® Step 1 pass/fail format?

The self-assessment is based on the new pass/fail format and will help you feel confident in facing (and conquering) the new pass/fail Step 1. The topic distribution mimics the latest Step 1 content and exam regulations. Your report will be similar to the NBME®’s pass/fail format, and as last year, it will reflect the 2-point increase of the USMLE® Step 1 passing  score. Due to popular demand, we will continue to report a 3-digit score to best support you and help determine where you stand in your preparation. See the results and analysis of last year’s AMBOSS Self-Assessment here. 
With the right study plan and a reliable Step 1 resource, you’ll not only confidently pass Step 1, but will also have the foundation you need to score high in Step 2 and, ultimately, match into your dream residency. Feel free to check out this blog post which discusses the new Step 1 pass/fail format and how to prepare for it.

  • Do you have any testimonials on previous self-assessments?

Yes! Check out what students had to say about last year’s AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment here.   Last year, over 75% of the cohort took part in the self-assessment - and over 97% of US medical schools were represented.
Feel free to check out the analysis of last year’s results in this blog post. The self-assessment is adapted to the new pass/fail format, and AMBOSS’ own Dr. Ryan Colaço talks about what you should expect and how to prepare in detail here.

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