USMLE Step 1 Tutoring

Passing the USMLE Step 1 in 2022 is extremely important, as it plays a large role in determining which medical specialties you can pursue & what residency program you match into.

USMLE Step 1 Exam Details & Overview

What Content Does USMLE Step 1 Cover?

Step 1 is typically taken in the second or third year of medical school. The exam assesses your ability to apply knowledge of the foundational sciences to the practice of medicine. Step 1 covers pathology, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, anatomy, cell biology, behavioral sciences and genetics.

How is USMLE Step 1 Administered?

It is a one-day exam administered in one 8-hour testing session. The exam is divided into seven 60-minute blocks, which each block having a maximum of 40 questions. The total number of items on the overall exam will not exceed 280.

How Important is Step 1 of the USMLE?

Step 1 is one of the most important exams you will take in your medical career, as it determines which medical specialties you can pursue and what residency program you match into.

How is USMLE Step 1 Scored?

The minimum passing score for Step 1 is 194, and the national average is a 229, with a standard deviation of 20. Many residency programs use a "cutoff" score for Step 1, below which applicants are not likely to be considered. Applicants with a significantly higher Step 2 CK score may still receive further consideration. Highly competitive specialties such as dermatology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery have an average Step 1 score of 250 among their entering residency class. 

Why You Should Choose MED LEARNITY For Step 1 Tutoring

Personalized Learning

Medlearnity is an elite medical consulting and tutoring company that takes a personalized approach to help you on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). USMLE Step 1 tutors work with you individually and create customized sessions around homework, test-taking drills, study schedules and lesson plans that will prepare you for success. 

Real Doctors

Our team of practicing physicians will email all tutoring sessions to you to maximize your content retention. Medlearnity tutors have trained in the country's top hospitals and are constantly staying on top of the current state of medical exams, residency admissions and medicine. Our expertise gives us a distinct advantage compared to other USMLE tutoring companies.

Proven Results

We've helped more than 500 medical students meet their goals every step of the way when taking their USMLE. Many of our students return after realizing the value of our high-quality tutoring services and get tutoring for Step 2 and Step 3. We're confident that your performance on high-stakes exams will improve after working with our tutors. 

What To Expect From Our USMLE Step 1 Tutors

At Medlearnity, Students Come First. We understand preparing for the USMLE Step 1 can be intimidating, deeply personal, and may include testing anxiety. Therefore, we approach every student's situation with our utmost attention to detail to see how we can best assist you and increase your score. Whether you are having challenges meeting your performance goals, or simply want to make sure you are on a path to success, our team is available to share our perspective and test preparation expertise. We know you will feel the 'Students First' mentality at Medlearnity from the quality of your tutoring experience and expertise of our team.

What to Expect

  • A tutor who is an expert educator who has scored exceptionally well on the USMLE Step 1 examination (90+ percentile, ~250+)
  • We meet with you on an easy-to-access online platform that allows us to write on the screen like a whiteboard. All session recordings are emailed to you after the session in HD quality, so you can review them on 1.5x or 2x speed at your convenience. This helps to maximize your learning and content retention for each tutoring session.
  • Constant communication and scheduling via email and phone in-between sessions. We will make sure your daily schedule is extremely efficient so that you can get the highest score possible on test day.
  • Test-taking advice and drills. During your step 1 tutoring review, you will do intense drills and testing with your tutor to make sure you have no weaknesses on test day. You and your tutor will work through high-yield content, test-taking advice, and study strategies including UWorld Anki, Smash, and Amboss USMLE studying advice that are tailored to your particular situation and learning style.
  • Optimal study strategy. We utilize unique methods like spaced repetition and active recall to help you understand foundational material and memorize high-yield step 1 information. Study time is precious, and we want to make sure you are being optimal, and practicing efficiently with your study schedule.
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How to Get Started with Step 1 Tutoring


Sign up for our one-hour free trial session. You'll receive an email or phone call from us shortly thereafter for some more information so we can understand your particular situation and assess your personal needs to pair you up with the USMLE step 1 tutor that's a perfect fit. This way, we're off to a very productive and personalized start, right from your very first session.


You'll receive an email introducing you to your new tutor, and instructions on how to join your first tutoring session and reserve your session time. During this first trial session, you'll meet your Step 1 tutor and together you'll review content and discuss study strategy & your study plans. You can email your tutor beforehand if there is any particular content or exam goals you want to cover or if you have any questions you'd like to address.


After your trial session, we'll send you a feedback report with next steps, our recommendations and a recording of your session so you can review any material you went over with your tutor. If you decide you'd like to continue working with us to achieve your goals, we'll set you up with a tutoring package that works best for you to increase your USMLE score.

Book Your Free One-Hour Tutoring Session

The trial session is completely free, so that you can experience the high-quality tutoring we provide. We know that the high-caliber of our services is truly unmatched, and we want you to experience it yourself without any obligation.

Who Uses USMLE Step 1 Tutoring Services?

Everyone, regardless of skill, can benefit from the services of a tutor to elevate their learning above and beyond. If you're ready to take your studying to the next level and feel more secure about your test-taking skills, sign up for our tutoring services.

Medlearnity is ideal for:

Proactive Students

Medlearnity helps proactive students reach their full potential with well-planned lessons from real practicing physicians. If you already know what subjects you'd like to spend more time studying, our tutors are ready to walk you through the material and help you achieve a thorough understanding of the subject so you can excel in your coursework. 

At-Risk Students

If you're unsure whether or not you'll be able to graduate, Medlearnity can get you back up to speed. Everybody falls behind sometimes — and that's why we're here to help! Our tutoring team's approach to identifying and improving upon weaknesses makes a huge impact on at-risk students and helps them get back up to speed and graduate.  

Previous Failures

Now that you've taken the United States Medical Licensing Examination once, you have a better understanding of what areas you'll need to work on. Medlearnity tutors can help you identify areas to improve and strengthen your knowledge in your weaker subjects, so you'll be fully prepared the second time around. We even offer medical remediation tutoring for students who are struggling with medical coursework.

USMLE Step 1 Tutoring Reviews From Real Students

After just a few months of online tutoring services with Akshay, I successfully passed Step 1 with significant improvement compared to my prior failed attempts.

Akshay is a very patient tutor who focuses on strengthening an individual's weaknesses to promote a successful outcome, whether their weaknesses be timing, fund of knowledge, poor sleeping habits, level of testing anxiety or a combination of the above. I personally struggled with the Step 1 Medical exam and sought out help. I was fortunate enough to work with Akshay who focused on me as a whole rather than just the fund of knowledge. After just a few months of online tutoring services with Akshay, I successfully passed Step 1 with significant improvement compared to my prior failed attempts. I was able to use the tools and skills learned during our sessions to successfully complete the remaining Medical Step exams allowing me to continue on the path of pursuing my goal of being a Pediatrician. After my success, I referred my friend to work with him and she had similar success.

Nicole S.
USMLE Step 1 Student

I would highly recommend Medlearnity to anyone who wants help learning invaluable skills for taking medical examinations!

I used Medlearnity over the course of six months to help prepare me for Step 1. In the past I have struggled with standardized tests and knew I would need help to achieve the competitive score I desired. Dr. Goel and Dustin were both incredible mentors and teachers! Dustin explained difficult concepts clearly and thoroughly during every session. He was always available to answer questions in-between sessions and helped me identify weaknesses in my knowledge and test-taking abilities. During my dedicated study period, Dr. Goel called me often to check on my progress, and provided me with invaluable tips and tricks to reduce my test anxiety. I would highly recommend Medlearnity to anyone who wants help learning invaluable skills for taking medical examinations!

V. H.
USMLE Step 1 Student

I am happy to report that not only did I pass Step 1 with a much stronger score, but, even after we stopped working together, I continued to use his strategies as I prepared for subsequent tests and recently aced my specialty boards.

I initially worked with Akshay a few years ago after I had failed Step 1. We worked together via video chat which worked out great for both of our busy schedules and allowed Akshay to utilize technology to enhance my learning experience. Each session, Akshay used technology creatively to track my progress, to address my personal weaknesses and then to build skills and techniques to target my individual needs. Akshay is compassionate and patient with his students; he greatly improved my confidence as a test taker and helped me strengthen my knowledge base. I am happy to report that not only did I pass Step 1 with a much stronger score, but, even after we stopped working together, I continued to use his strategies as I prepared for subsequent tests and recently aced my specialty boards. I've worked with various tutors throughout my life and I would definitely say that Akshay stands out as unique. Akshay is clearly passionate about teaching and I would recommend him highly to anyone who is struggling or just looking to improve their score or medical knowledge.

A. P.
USMLE Step 1 Student

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