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If you want to take a San Diego USMLE class, get in touch with Varsity Tutors. The USMLE, or United States Medical Licensing Exam, is a series of three standardized tests taken by individuals seeking licensure for the unsupervised practice of medicine in the U.S. The exams are cumulative, meaning that you're going to need to remember everything you've studied at a local med school such as the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. If the sheer volume of material has you feeling completely overwhelmed, let us help you break the material into more easily digestible bits.

For instance, it's logical to study for each USMLE test individually, not thinking about the next one until you get past the current one. The individual exams are called "Steps" and are numbered, so it's easy to determine which one you take next. Generally speaking, students take Step 1 following their second year of med school, Step 2 during their fourth year, and Step 3 as the final step before actually practicing medicine. Keep reading to learn more about how we might be able to help you.

What concepts are generally covered in a San Diego USMLE course?

Step 1 of the USMLE is a science test that measures your understanding of core bodily functions such as the endocrine and nervous systems. You have approximately 240 multiple-choice questions in seven blocks of 60 minutes, so you will be testing for an entire day. If you struggle to maintain concentration over long periods of time, your instructor can teach you how to focus for exam day.

Part 2 is split into two separate tests taken on different days: Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills. Clinical Knowledge utilizes a comparable format to Step 1, except that you have roughly 316 questions to answer over eight 60-minute blocks. Clinical Skills is more of a practical exam, where you'll meet with 12 "patients" (actually actors) in order to diagnose what might be wrong and recommend follow-up tests. Clinical Skills essentially grades you on your communication skills, so you might role-play several scenarios with your instructor and your fellow students to have an idea of what to expect.

Finally, Part 3 is a two-part test taken over consecutive days. Day one follows a format comparable to Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, as you have six blocks of 60 minutes to answer approximately 233 multiple-choice questions. The key difference is that the questions deal with medical specializations as opposed to general science. Day two also has multiple-choice items (180, split into six 45-minute blocks), but is more notable for its 13 computer-based case simulations designed to assess how well you would do as a practicing physician. Some students get intimidated by the electronic interface on these simulations, so your instructor may give you sample questions to work on so that there are no surprises on test day.

What are a few of the benefits of taking a San Diego USMLE course?

Every class provided by Varsity Tutors consists of a group of students meeting a knowledgeable instructor online for maximum convenience. Our proprietary Live Learning Platform allows you to see and hear everyone in your class as if you were in the same room, so asking for help is as easy as putting your hand up. You can also trust your teacher to provide accurate information, as there is an extensive vetting process in place to ensure that instructors are working with current USMLE concepts and strategies.

Studying in a group also offers several advantages over trying to go it alone. For example, completing group assignments can help you approach clinical cases in new ways, potentially helping you figure out what's wrong when you couldn't on your own. You can also help your classmates with anything they may be struggling with, reinforcing your own knowledge base while simultaneously gaining the satisfaction of helping somebody else.

Studying in a group also provides superior value for your money, as everyone can chip in on the cost of your San Diego USMLE class instructor. If you feel as though you could benefit from individualized attention, you also have the right to book private time with your instructor on an as-needed basis.

We also try to make attending a San Diego USMLE class as convenient as possible. Everything takes place online, so you never need to worry about sitting in traffic to get to a meeting. We also offer multiple class sessions simultaneously, including two and four-week options to accommodate nearly any schedule. New classes start up monthly, so you don't need to wait too long before getting started.

Can I sign up for a San Diego USMLE course right now?

Absolutely. Simply contact an Educational Consultant using the information provided below to learn more about how Varsity Tutors can enroll you in a San Diego USMLE prep course today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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