List of NBME Practice Exam Forms for All of the USMLE Steps

We are including a list of all of the forms available this year for self-assessment and practice for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 offered by the NBME. Note that CBSE Form 3 has been retired and new Form 13 has replaced it. There are six forms for Step 1, four forms for Step 2, and two forms for Step 3.

Step 1 practice exams are termed: Comprehensive Basic Science Exams

Step 2 practice exams are termed: Comprehensive Clinical Science Exams

Step 3 practice exams are termed: Comprehensive Clinical Medicine Exams

 

As you will see below, some of the practice exams have expanded feedback and some do not. The expanded feedback does not include explanations to the exam questions.

 

We have provided a link to a quick reference on the NBME website that gives further details on the different practice exams: http://www.nbme.org/Students/sas/information.html

 

Assessment

Price (USD)

Comprehensive Basic Science (Form 13) Bottom of Form

 $50

 
 
 
   New

Comprehensive Basic Science (Form 12)Bottom of Form

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science (Form 11)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science (Form 7)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science (Form 6)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science (Form 5)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 13)  

 $60

 
 
     New
 Comprehensive Basic Science w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 12)  

 $60

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 11)  

 $60

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 7)  

 $60

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Basic Science w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 6)  

 $60

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Science (Form 4)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Science (Form 3)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Science (Form 2)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Science (Form 1)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Science w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 4)  

 $60

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Medicine (Form2)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Medicine (Form1)  

 $50

 
 
 
 Comprehensive Clinical Medicine w/ Expanded Feedback (Form 2)  

 $60

 
 
      New!
 Autoevaluacion Integral de Ciencias Basicas (Form 2)  

 $30

 
 
      New!
 Autoevaluacion Integral de Ciencias Clinicas  

 $30

 

 
 

8 Responses to “List of NBME Practice Exam Forms for All of the USMLE Steps”

  1. V says:

    If you could only take 3 or 4 of the NBME tests for Step I, which ones would you suggest taking?

    • DIT Team says:

      Great question and one we get asked quite frequently.
      Which NBME practice tests to use for Step 1 is dependent on (1) when you take the tests in your study period and (2) how close to your Step 1 exam you take them. If you were within 2 weeks of taking your exam, you might have your best luck with NBME CBSSA exams 7, 11, and 12.
      Exam 13 is new so we do not know much about it except that it most likely has the longer question vignettes, as does 11 and 12, making the question and exam length more representative of the actual Step 1 exam than the other NBME practice exams. Exam 7 rated very high among student feedback in past years as far as content being similar to Step 1, but the length of the question vignettes are not as long as, and therefore less representative of the current Step 1 exam. In this case, when taking Exam 7, give yourself 5 minutes less to complete the exam to get a better idea of how well you can score in the required time, since the majority of the question vignettes are much shorter than you will get on the real Step 1.

    • DIT Team says:

      Great question and one we get asked quite frequently.

      Which NBME
      practice tests to use for Step 1 is dependent on (1) when you take the
      tests in your study period and (2) how close to your Step 1 exam you
      take them. If you were within 2 weeks of taking your exam, you might
      have your best luck with NBME CBSSA exams 7, 11, and 12.

      Exam 13 is
      new so I do not know much about it except that it most likely has the
      longer question vignettes, as does 11 and 12, making the question and
      exam length more representative of the actual Step 1 exam than the other
      NBME practice exams. Exam 7 rated very high among student feedback in
      past years as far as content being similar to Step 1, but the length of
      the question vignettes are not as long as, and therefore less
      representative of the current Step 1 exam. In this case, when taking
      Exam 7, give yourself 5 minutes less to complete the exam to get a
      better idea of how well you can score in the required time, since the
      majority of the question vignettes are much shorter than you will get on
      the real Step 1.

    • ansuya47 says:

      I see that this feed is a few years old. I was wondering if there has been any updates in how nbme 13 correlates to the actual step 1 exam.

  2. calimmeyer says:

    For the Step 2 NBME practice exams, is there a recommended order to take them in? I would prefer to take easier practice exams earlier, and more difficult (realistic) exams closer to my actual exam date to give me a more accurate idea of how I am scoring. Suggestions, please!

    • DIT Advising Team says:

      There are 4 Step 2 assessments that you can take. Number 6 is the newest therefore, I would wait to take that one. You should start with number 2 and go through numbers 3 & 4 before attempting 6. Feel free to let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Thank you.

      • cpagan says:

        Hi! I'm trying to decide which Step 2 NBME (CSSA) to take first, to determine my baseline and make a study plan from there. Searching for info got me here. Currently there's no form 2 (I guess it was descontinue or something) and there's a new form 7.
        So there still are 4 Step 2 assesments, form 3, 4, 6 & 7, which one you recomend to start with and in what order I should take them?
        Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

        • DIT Team says:

          Thank you for your question. Typically student will take the NBME Assessments from oldest to newest. Start with NBME Assessment CCSSA # 3 then 4, 6 and finally 7. It is recommended that you take as many assessments and work on as many QBank questions as you can prior to your USMLE Step 2 ck Exam. Please feel free to let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Thank you.

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