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Exam Study Guide

Resources to help study for many of the standard exams in the Health Sciences, such as the USMLE Step 1.

Official Websites for the USMLE - Step 1 Exam

UIC Subscription Resources

Access Medicine Offers:

Access to textbooks that can assist with studying for your USMLE tests.

To use the testing features of AccessMedicine, you will need to create a My AccessMedicine account if you do not already have one.


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Osmosis Offers:

Videos, flashcards, q-banks, and more.

Peoria Favorites

The UICOMP Student Government Association  has been known to unofficially distribute a Phase 1 Student-to-Student Guide.  It includes advice on USMLE Step 1.  The number one favorite book mentioned in the guide:

Favorite Book Series were High Yield and Deja Review.  Get your hands on the student-to-student guide for more advice.

USMLE Step 1 Review Titles

Step 1 review titles are available in print on Open Reserves and Electronically. Open Reserve items may be checked out for one week. A few titles are also available at the circulation desk.  

Popular series include:

  • Appleton & Lange
  • Blackwell
  • BRS
  • Case Files
  • First Aid
  • High-Yield
  • PreTest
  • Rapid Review

Find these and more titles by searching the UIC Catalog or checking at the circulation desk.

Step 1 Advice from Med Schools & Health Science Libraries

The following links contain information from other universities and health science libraries:

Step 1 Apps

Free Question Banks

Many of the question banks that are available for purchase also offer a free trial or a free 'light' version.

Question Banks Available for Purchase

Many of the question banks that are available for purchase also offer a free trial or a free 'light' version.

Forums and 'Unofficial' Sites

Many blogs, discussion forums, and 'unofficial' websites exist for students preparing for the USMLE - Step 1. These types of resources can provide useful tips for studying but should be viewed with a critical eye. Specifically, blogs and forums represent personal accounts which can be useful and reassuring; however, we advise that you use caution when visiting them. The Library of the Health Sciences - Peoria does not monitor or endorse any of these resources.  

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