There are many educational programs and careers that require certain test scores to get in, such as the US Medical Licensing Examination, or USMLE. Here are three useful tips for USMLE test prep.
1. Take a Prep Class
Taking a USMLE prep class can be a good place to start if you’re looking for some insight on what to expect when you take the exam. It can also be beneficial for people who learn better in a group setting or being taught by someone else. Ideally, you should sign up for a class about three months prior to your scheduled testing date.
2. Take Practice Tests
Another effective way to gain insight into the exam is to take practice tests. You can use these practice tests to study sample questions that will likely be similar to what you’ll see on the actual exam. You can also use them to figure out what areas you have an adequate grasp of and what information you need to study more rigorously before taking the exam.
3. Set Achievable Goals
It’s important to set goals for the score you want to aim for and how many times you think you’ll need to take the exam, but you shouldn’t set goals that aren’t realistic or achievable. Do some research to determine the average score range of test takers and the score range required by programs or employers in your field of choice. Once you set these goals, you can chart out a plan for how you want to study and preparation strategies.
As with all tests, you should do your best and prepare as well as you can while also striving to avoid stressing yourself out over the test or the results. Focus on your goals, study in the way that works best for you and look for appropriate help preparing.