Results of the First Annual
AMBOSS National USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week

From March 30 to April 7, 2019, 9,580 students (out of over 13,000 who registered) from across the US—and the world—participated in the AMBOSS National USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week. Participants had one goal in mind: to prepare and get a feel for the Step 1 exam.

The self-assessment consisted of 160 questions split into four question blocks. Participants had one hour to complete each block of 40 questions, each of which mimicked the official USMLE® timed-format. By the end of the AMBOSS National Step 1 Self-Assessment Week, more than 1,000,000 questions were answered by students at 95.77% of US medical schools.

Below, you’ll find some key facts about this first-time ever nationwide mock exam.

Average Percentage of Correct Answers by Discipline

Top 5 Step 1 Articles

Based on an initial analysis of how students performed on the Step 1 Self-Assessment, we’ve determined these to be the top 5 topics every Step 1 student should know to score high on exam day: Diabetes mellitus, Hepatitis B, DNA replication and repair, Congenital immunodeficiency disorders and Sickle cell anemia.

The Most Challenging Question

Did you know the answer to this question on the Step 1 Self-Assessment?

Only 21% of Step 1 Self-Assessment takers got it right.

But with AMBOSS, you can go back to any challenging question and, using its powerful features and integrated high-yield Library, learn how to get it right next time. In this video, we break down the review process and show how you can use the Attending Tip, answer explanations, integration of the Qbank and Knowledge Library and other features to close your knowledge gaps.

AMBOSS Gets Medical Students Scoring Higher

For Step 1, Step 2, clerkships and beyond, students have consistently relied on AMBOSS’ inter-linked Qbank and Library to study high-yield questions and content—and it’s led to their success. We have proof that using AMBOSS leads to higher scores (and better physicians).

Check out our other success stories.

What's Next for Self-Assessment Takers?

Step 1 prep not over yet?
Go through all of AMBOSS’ 2650+ Step 1 questions.


Review all the high-yield content you need to know for Step 1 in the medical library.

What’s the next step to take now that the Step 1 Self-Assessment is done?

Continue studying with AMBOSS’ integrated Qbank and Library to master Step 1 topics and get the score you’re aiming for on exam day.

Want to Take a FREE USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment?

Sign Up for the AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment Week!

USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment FAQs

What was the USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment?

The USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment is a practice version of the USMLE® Step 1 exam consisting of 4 question blocks of 40 questions each and is presented in the USMLE®’s official timed format.

What was the AMBOSS National USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week?

From March 30-April 7, 2019, Step 1 students were invited to take AMBOSS’ USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment for free in order to get a feel for how they’d prepare on the actual USMLE® Step 1 exam. Self-assessment takers received a score report with their 3-digit score, their percentile ranking and personalized learning recommendations.

When were score reports sent?

Score reports were sent out on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Will the AMBOSS National USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week be an annual event? When will it happen again?

Yes, the AMBOSS National USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week is an annual event, and the next one will be taking place from February 22 to March 1, 2020. Sign up to participate here!

Will there be self-assessments for other exams?

Yes, we’re already working on a Step 2 CK Self-Assessment. You can already register for that using the form just above the FAQs. We’ll send out an announcement for that soon.

I took the Step 1 Self-Assessment Week. What do I do next?

Once you’ve finished the self-assessment, you’ll have the opportunity to review question blocks and refer to your personalized analysis for study recommendations based on your performance. The study recommendations will link you directly to our Knowledge Library where you can study the subjects that you may have struggled with during the exam.