MD Quiz Builder for Step 1 and Step 2

We’ve updated two NEW USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 quiz builders with updates to over 2,300 questions and an update to the interface.

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Written by Tina Velasco
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What is in the Quiz Builder?

MCQ board-style case questions with descriptive rationales for each question with major and minor takeaways to help you understand how to get to the right answer! Also, hyperlinks in rationales lead to related videos for building your knowledge.

Learn more about Questions here.

With the new updates on the MD Quiz Builder, now you can:

  • Customize by topics, question mode, and the number of questions. A time estimate is provided for each quiz to better organize your study period

  • Easily build your Questions, with updated User Interface and filtering experience. Plus, it's mobile web friendly!

  • Efficiently align all content, with its Categories and Questions now being more closely aligned with our video library than ever before.

USMLE Step 1 and 2 Quiz builders

  • What is the difference between step 1 and step 2 quiz builders?

    • Based on new USMLE guidelines (as of Oct 2020)

      • Any questions about the details of medical management are considered Step 2 board style questions.

      • Board style questions scoped for Step 1 often cover clinical evaluation up to the decision about management. Eg. Pathophysiology, physical exam, and diagnosis.

What's new: USMLE Step 1 Quiz Builder

  1. We’ve added over 2,000 questions to the quiz builder.

  2. Top Level Filters are now set to better categorize the questions:

    • Foundational Sciences: Basic science topics like Biochemistry and Genetics

    • Organ Systems: Covering topics in Pathology, Pharmacology, Anatomy, etc.
      Note: Organ systems lets you filter by the system OR subject to flexibly align with your curriculum needs.

PRO TIP: How would students or faculty use Top Level Filters filters?

  • Start by working your way through the entire qbank with foundational sciences then move on to organ systems (which you can filter by subject or organ system).

  • There is no overlap between Foundational Sciences and Organ systems. So typically students will be in a class that is all under Foundational sciences > Genetics, and that is the area of the qbank they are working through at that time.

USMLE Step 2 Quiz Builder

You asked, and we delivered! We heard a LOT of requests to update the Step 2 quiz builder with more categories. Now you have so many more options to choose from, more closely aligned with our video library!

  1. We’ve added over 300 questions to the first version of this quiz builder.

  2. Top Level Filter is set to Organ Systems which is then organized by organ system and clinical specialty

3. Customize your quiz and break down subjects into subtopics by expanding them using the arrow button in each subject. This way, you can focus on certain areas instead of being quizzed on hundreds of topics at a time.

PRO TIP: How would students or faculty use Filters filters?

  • When in rotations, use the clinical specialty (or a combination of specialty and organ system)

  • Eg if you are on a Peds Cardiology elective, you can select “Pediatrics” and “Cardiovascular” to quiz on only questions that meet both of those criteria.

  • When studying for Step 2 you can go either organ system or specialty.

  • Most learners study for Step 2 organized by specialty so they can study while on rotation. However, you might select an Organ system if that’s how you want to organize your dedicated Step 2 study plan.


How do I access my Quiz Builder?

Can I save the set of questions I selected when building my quiz?

  • Yes. Just select the topics you would like to be included in your set and before starting the quiz, click the "Save to Queue" button.

But wait: that’s a lower number of questions than what’s available on the learn pages. Why?

  • You’re right! Not all questions from the learn page made it into the quiz builder. We are working to curate a fully reviewed and scoped question bank for our learners. This process has involved reviewing every single question on the Osmosis platform and carefully tagging it to the new quiz builder, to most closely simulate the USMLE exams. The questions that are currently in the quiz builder are among our newest questions created, and they have been specifically vetted for inclusive language. We are going to continue this curation in the coming months to ensure that our quiz builder questions and learn page questions are aligned.

How can I switch from the Step 1 to the Step 2 quiz builder?

  • Feel free to navigate from one builder to the other by clicking the drop down button at the top of the page. It should then show both USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Quiz Builders.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact [email protected].

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