The USMLE step 1 examination is designed to assess the understanding and the applicative skills of the candidate regarding basic sciences in medicine. Special emphasis is given on disease, the various modes of therapy and mechanism governing underlying health issues. Step 1 USMLE examination is a one day examination including 322 multiple choice questions. These multiple choice questions are presented in 7 blocks. There are 46 questions in each block. The time allotted to complete each block is 60 minutes and there is a break of 45 minutes in between.
Passing the USMLE exam is mind blowing and needs a thorough knowledge of the subject. The minimum passing score is given forth as a three digit number. The minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 1 is 192. Scores are released every Wednesdays and it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to receive the score.