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BoardVitals USMLE Step 1

April 16, 2015


Rutgers University Libraries have recently licensed a new product, BoardVitals USMLE Step 1.

Connection Note: Users must register to access this resource. They may with any email address as long as they are in Rutgers IP range.

BoardVitals USMLE Step 1 is a test question bank used to prepare for the actual Step 1 exam. The exam is recognized by both the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).  It tests the ability of medical students to apply knowledge gained in basic sciences courses to the practice of medicine.  The BoardVitals USMLE Step 1 product contains over 1300 questions and covers all topics included in the exam.  They are:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Biology of cells
  • Human development and genetics
  • Biology of tissue response to disease
  • Gender/ethnic, and behavioral considerations affecting disease treatment and prevention
  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Microbial biology and infection
  • Quantitative and statistics
  • Heme and Lymph
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Reproductive
  • Endocrine
  • CNS and PNS
  • Skin and Connective tissue
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Immune system

The actual Step 1 exam has approximately 320 multiple choice test questions. You will have approximately 8 hours from start to finish. Actual testing time is ~420 minutes, giving you approximately 1.3 minutes per question.

Aside from containing over 1300 questions, in BoardVitals USMLE Step 1  all questions include answers and detailed explanations.  Timed Mode and Review Mode are available.    Individualized question recommendations based on student performance are generated by the product.

Once the user has completed the registration process, which involves typing first/last name, e-mail address, and a selected password, they are brought to a menu and may select access to USMLE Step 1.  All subsequent visits will require uses to simply type in their e-mail address and password and be taken to the same menu.  Once in the Step1 site, the user may select from among a variety of sections of the test; each section has a specific number of questions.  The questions may be brief scenarios, followed by multiple choice answers.  Review (self-paced) or timed modes may be selected.  Questions are challenging to the user may be flagged so that they are displayed again.  One question and set of possible answers displays per screen.

Note: BoardVitals USMLE Step 1 is listed under Images & Videos.