by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI
Vice President, Kaplan Medical
What does it mean when the USMLE® reduces the number of questions on their Step 1 exam from 322 to 308?
The short answer is: more time per question, right?
Yes, but there’s more. What people really want to know is what’s really going on, but the USMLE organization isn’t offering an explanation. We know the 322 questions are composed of some questions that cover the stated topics in roughly the stated proportions as described in the USMLE Bulletin. We also know that there are a few questions that aren’t counted toward the score. These un-scored questions are new items that are being tested to determine if they are good enough to be used in future USMLE exams. Our best guess is that when these 14 questions are removed in May 2015, … view full post »