Practice Materials

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1. Where can I get sample test materials to practice taking a test?

Tutorials that illustrate the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 multiple-choice question and Step 3 computer-based case simulation (Primum® CCS) software, sample multiple-choice test questions for each Step, and sample Step 3 CCS cases are available under Prepare for Your Exam.

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2. Can I use the USMLE practice materials on a Mac?

The sample test questions and cases for all Step exams are web-based and do not require a download. The practice materials can be used on a variety of different devices and launch best using Google Chrome as your browser.

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3. Who can I talk to if I have trouble installing or using practice materials?

Describe the problem when contacting us. Someone will be in touch as soon as possible to assist you.

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4. Can I access web-based practice materials on my phone?

You can use the multiple-choice question (MCQ) practice materials on your phone. Step 3 Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) practice case software runs best in a Chrome browser. The optimal screen resolution is 1920x1080, precluding use on cell phones at this time.

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5. What are the system requirements for using the streaming Step examination practice materials?

The requirements for using NBME web-based testing are outlined below and apply to exams delivered over both wired and wireless networks. Examinees may take a web-based exam on either PCs or Macs. Any combination of fixed desktops, institutional laptops, or examinee personal laptops may be used.

Hardware and OS (Operating System):

  • Windows 10, Windows 11
  • Mac OS versions 10.14: Mojave- 2018; 10.13: High Sierra- 2017; 10.12: Sierra- 2016; and 10.11: El Capitan- 2015.
  • 1 GHz processor or higher
  • 17” or larger color monitor recommended (Desktops)
  • 13” or larger color monitor recommended (Laptops)
  • A minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 32-bit color setting enabled
  • Please turn off Windows updates or virus scanner updates to avoid interruptions during practice session.

Browsers:

  • Google Chrome (preferred)
  • Edge1
  • Safari 12 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 1

Browser Settings:

  • JavaScript, CSS, Cookies and Pop-ups all enabled
  • If possible, disable toolbars, and Adware/Spyware programs to prevent slowness.
  • TLS 1.2 or higher

Internet/Network Bandwidth:

  • Broadband (DSL, Cable or T1)
  • 256Kbps or higher per workstation

Important notes

  • Other browsers and operating systems are not supported when using NBME web-based resources. Other browsers and operating systems have not been tested for their compatibility and some features may not work as expected. NBME is not responsible for any system issues that are related to the use of unsupported browsers or operating systems.
  • You can use the multiple-choice question (MCQ) practice materials on your phone. Step 3 Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) practice case software runs best in a Chrome browser. The optimal screen resolution is 1920x1080, precluding use on cell phones at this time.