USMLE® Step 1 Study Schedule

Customize your Step 1 study period with tailored study plans

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Pick your pace

Choose a tailored learning plan to maximize your
dedicated study period results

study schedule

  • Comprehensive plan for thorough readiness
  • 3–5 hours of study time per day
  • Covering all topics

Qbank training

  • Daily Qbank practice questions covering all USMLE topics
  • 4–5 hours of practice per day
  • Enhancing test-taking ability

Step 1

  • Based on latest NBME standards
  • Simulating real test-taking conditions
  • Measuring preparedness

Skip the guess work and study exactly what you need to know

Pre-configured study blocks

Organize your studying with pre-configured learning blocks that consolidate all relevant content into tailored schedules.

High-yield video lectures

Master essential concepts with daily videos. Dive in even deeper with corresponding downloadables and in-depth study materials.

First Aid® references

Enhance your learning approach with interconnected First Aid references, seamlessly synced with every study plan.

Clinical case questions

Test your knowledge with carefully chosen Qbank questions, presented in an exam-simulating environment.

Performance analysis

Continuously monitor your exam readiness with a learning platform that tracks your plan progress and monitors Qbank performance.

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The USMLE Step 1 study schedule is a pre-configured, comprehensive study plan designed to guide medical students through the process of preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam. It provides a structured timeline, detailing what topics to study each day, and guides you through your preparation with a unique combination of learning materials: videos, Qbank questions, and complementary text-based materials including First Aid references.

We offer two variants of the USMLE Step 1 study schedule: a 21-day long practice schedule and a 60-day long study schedule. Choose the one that best fits your learning pace and schedule.

The USMLE Step 1 study schedule covers all topics required for the exam. This includes, but is not limited to, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, and Behavioral Science. Each day of the study schedule is dedicated to a specific topic or a set of related topics.
Table: 40-day USMLE study schedule
Day Topic
1 Self-assessment
2+3 Biochemistry
4+5 Immunology
6–9 Microbiology
10 Pathology
11 Pharmacology
12 Public Health Sciences
13 Recap
14–16 Cardiovascular
17+18 Endocrine
19–21 Gastrointestinal
22–24 Hematology and Oncology
25–27 Musculoskeletal, Skin, Connective Tissues
28+29 Neurology & Special Senses
30+31 Psychiatry
32+33 Renal
34+35 Reproductive
36–38 Respiratory
39 Recap
40 Practice Exam

The primary difference between the 21-day and 60-day USMLE Step 1 study schedules lies in the pace of study and the focus. Both schedules cover the same topics, but the 21-day Qbank training is more intense, covering topics at a faster pace, and focuses on practice questions only: a “test-taking” bootcamp making you exam-ready. The 60-day schedule, on the other hand, allows for an in-depth review of all USMLE topics, allocating study time as well as practice tests to each topic.

Our USMLE Step 1 study schedules are pre-configured and based on intensive research and feedback from successful test-takers. While they are designed to be followed as is, we understand that each student is unique. Therefore, you are free to adjust the schedules as per your study habits and convenience, although we recommend sticking to the given plan for optimal results.

The USMLE Step 1 study schedule improves exam preparation by providing a structured and organized approach to your study process. It eliminates the stress of figuring out what to study each day and ensures you cover all the necessary topics. By following the study schedule, you can focus on learning and understanding, knowing that you’re adequately preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam.

While everyone has their unique learning style, the USMLE Step 1 study schedules are designed to cater to a wide range of learners. Whether you prefer an intense, fast-paced study regime or a more gradual approach, the combination of different study materials ensures a holistic learning experience that helps make the knowledge stick.

Starting with our USMLE Step 1 study schedule is easy. Choose a schedule based on your needs and time availability, and sign up for free! Once you have the schedule, simply follow the day-by-day plan, dedicating your study time as suggested to each topic.


  • Daily active recall is what will help you retain the content, so don’t ever skip the questions!
  • The Learning Path only contains the key topics you need for USMLE Step 1, without extra discussions and unnecessary fluff. Time is precious and getting distracted in details you will not be needing can cost you valuable study hours.
  • The matched Qbank questions in every step match the topic proportions in the actual USMLE exam: Don’t be surprised to encounter lots of Pathology questions. The goal is to prepare you efficiently for your exam by training you in exactly what you will encounter, not to cover each subject equally.
  • Stay consistent – It happens to all of us: We procrastinate and end up studying a lot in one sitting to catch up. Our advice is to make a serious effort to avoid this: The study schedule gives you a reasonable plan to cover topics every day. Go at your own speed, but do your best to keep up with the schedule. This way, you can avoid crashing after a big catch-up session and instead make use of the solid retention success that comes with consistent effort. So, if you’re having a bad day, try to do at least a little instead of giving up on the day completely! 

If you follow the 60-day study schedule, you should be in great shape on test day. You have what it takes!