Taking the AMBOSS Step 2 Self-Assessment

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

The deadline has been extended to Monday, May 8 at 11:59 pm PDT. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to start the self-assessment after May 8. 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 timeframe. 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 2 exam?

Yes, our self-assessment reflects the relative distribution of topics on the actual USMLE® exam. Professionalism, Ethics, and Quality & Safety questions now feature more prominently on the exam, and the Step 2 CK Self-Assessment reflects that.

  • 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 2 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?

Yes. 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 2 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 or your relative strengths & weaknesses. Your score report will stay 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 the 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. 

We recommend taking the self-assessment on a desktop because it will then better mimic the real testing environment of the USMLE® Step 2 CK exam, which will not be available on mobile devices.

  • Will I see the same questions as the current Step 2 material on the platform?

The questions were previously in our Qbank as dedicated Step 2 CK questions, however, we removed them from the Qbank over a year 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 2 Self-Assessment?

Most of the questions are 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 we are always updating our questions. For example, the self-assessment now features more questions that focus on diagnosis and management to reflect the Step 2 CK topic distribution.

  • I have time accommodations. Can I take the Step 2 Self-Assessment with extended time?

Yes, it is possible to take the Step 2 Self-Assessment with extended time. If you receive time accommodations, you can select your testing time on your profile by following this link. By selecting 25%, 50%, or 100% extended testing time, your self-assessment blocks will be adjusted accordingly. More information on how time accommodations are set up on AMBOSS can be found in this article, or you can reach out to our team through the chat icon at the bottom of this page.

  • Will there be future self-assessments?

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



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