Miss This Year’s AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment Week?

The AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment Week has come and gone, but more opportunities to assess your test-taking abilities are coming! Tell us which USMLE® Step or NBME® Shelf self-assessment you'd like to take next and we'll contact you as soon it's available.

Over 16,000 US medical students from over 180 schools signed up to take part in this year’s Step 1 Self-Assessment Week. See last year’s results.

I thought this Step 1 assessment was fantastic… I am amazed with AMBOSS and will continue to use it as my primary resource for Step 1. I absolutely adore the questions. I find them to be quite tough, but that is what we need. It helps to drive home and solidify the important concepts and how to differentiate the diagnosis.

W. Broth, Class 2021

Step 1 Self-Assessment 2019 Participant

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About the AMBOSS USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment

The AMBOSS USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment is a simulation of the USMLE® Step 1 exam consisting of four question blocks of 40 questions each and presented in the NBME®’s official timed format. Upon the completion of all four blocks of the self-assessment, participants can expect to receive a:

Score Report

A score report and 3-digit score that gives you an assessment of where you currently stand.


A detailed analysis of how well you did that includes personalized study recommendations.

National Percentile Ranking

Your national percentile ranking among students in your cohort.

I loved this self-assessment. It really made you think, and it helped me to understand some of the different ways in which the material may be presented. It also helped me identify some of the areas I need to work on. Super great.

A. Brady, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class 2021

Step 1 Self-Assessment 2019 Participant

Disclaimer: The content presented in the AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment report is for educational purposes only. The self-assessment is not intended to predict performance on the actual USMLE® Step 1 exam, but rather to identify a participant’s relative areas of strengths and weaknesses. The percentile reflects a participant’s relative performance compared to all 2020 AMBOSS Step 1 Self-Assessment-takers.

AMBOSS USMLE® Step 1 Self-Assessment Week FAQs:

Do I need an AMBOSS account to access the self-assessment?

Yes, you need an AMBOSS account to access the self-assessment, and it’s FREE to create one. Create yours here. It only takes a few minutes to verify your email address and complete your profile! 

Can I take the self-assessment on a mobile device?

No, you can only take it from your desktop browser. The self-assessment mimics the real testing environment of the USMLE® Step 1 exam, which is not available on mobile devices.

Why does the AMBOSS interface look different in the Step 1 Self-Assessment?

The Step 1 Self-Assessment is taken in “Exam mode.” Exam mode mimics the exact look and feel of the NBME® timed format you can expect to see on exam day⁠—what better way to practice taking Step 1 than to take it in actual exam day conditions?

How long do I have to complete the self-assessment?

The self-assessment is made up of four blocks, and each block must be completed in 60 minutes. While you must complete all four blocks by March 1st, 11:59 PM PST to get your score report, you don’t have to take them all in one sitting. You can complete Block 1 now and continue with Blocks 2, 3, and 4 at any time during the week.

When will I get my 3-digit score report?

You must complete all four blocks of the self-assessment by March 1st, 11:59 PM PST to receive your 3-digit score report. The report will be delivered via email no later than March 4th, and it will also be accessible from within the AMBOSS platform.

How long do I have to complete each block?

You only have 60 minutes to complete each block, so make sure to give yourself enough time to complete one before you sit down to take it. In the event of a power outage or other external disruption, you can contact our customer support at hello@amboss.com to see if you can resume the block.

Do I have to complete the entire self-assessment/all four blocks in one sitting?

You can, but you don’t have to! You can split the self-assessment up into chunks and take each block at any point throughout the week. For example, you could take Block 1 on Monday, Block 2 on Tuesday, Block 3 on Wednesday, and Block 4 on Thursday. Just keep in mind that each block must be completed in the 60 minutes allotted to it.

Why are you asking for my Step 1 exam date?

This helps us more accurately predict your exam score, as we’ll score you as if you were sitting the actual USMLE® Step 1 exam. Don’t worry if your exam date is months away; it’s best to test yourself early to understand where you should focus your studies and establish a better study strategy. This might mean that your self-assessment score is lower than your target score.

Why are you asking for my target score?

Your target score, as well as your self-assessment performance, will be used to provide you with more specific study recommendations to help you actually achieve that target score. We’ll provide you with study plans based on your objectives.

I have completed the self-assessment. Now what?

Congratulations on finishing the Step 1 Self-Assessment! You’ll receive your score report on March 4, 2020, but while you wait, we highly recommend you review each of your completed blocks as well as refer to the Analysis section. As you review, you can jump to corresponding Learning Cards to understand why you got a question correct or incorrect. You can also go through the thousands more Step 1 questions in the AMBOSS Qbank.

I accidentally left a block before finishing it. How can I return to it?

If you exit a question block early, before getting to all of its questions, you won’t be able to return to it. Any unanswered questions will be automatically marked as incorrect. If you did so accidentally, you can contact us at hello@amboss.com. You’ll still be able to jump ahead to the other blocks while you wait.

Can I access my completed self-assessment even after the Step 1 Self-Assessment Week is over?

Yes, you’ll be able to access and review your completed self-assessment question blocks even after the event is over. You can also go to the Analysis section for a general overview of your strengths and weaknesses, plus a list of recommendations.

I won’t take Step 1 until later this year. Is it worth it to take it now?

We highly encourage you to take the Step 1 Self-Assessment even if you’re not taking the actual exam until later this year. Students from last year reported that it was very helpful, plus the analysis and study recommendations you’ll receive in you score report will help guide your studies during your dedicated study time. Additionally, we’ll take your exam date into account when calculating your score prediction.

Will the self-assessment be available after this event is over?

As of now, the self-assessment will not be available after the event is over. We are, however, considering future AMBOSS self-assessments.

What does the percentile in my Analysis mean?

The percentile that appears in the Analysis section is based off all of the AMBOSS Step 1 questions students have answered, not just those presented on the self-assessment. The detailed score report you’ll receive on March 4th will include a percentile that reflects only the questions answered on the self-assessment.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us anytime at hello@amboss.com.