USMLE Step 3 – Proven Strategies to Pass

As per this Study, the following variables predict USMLE step 3 performance :

1. Knowledge of clinical
science as measured on USMLE Step 2
2. Having higher Step 2 Scores
3.The nature of the
residency training
4. Having a higher GPA
5. Residency training in a
broad-based specialty

Step 1 score did not predict Step 3 performance.

As you can see above, in addition to higher USMLE Step 2 CK scores and knowledge, having residency training and nature of residency training also predicted Step 3 performance. While higher CK scores may contribute to better MCQ performance, having hands on experience with real life EMR orders, speed with which you act in the ER during training – all these variables will help you get much higher score on Step 3 CCS. In addition to that you need to know how to apply real life experience on NBME CCS software to get the best score. You will need strategies to make the best use of NBM CCS software.

Why is doing very well on CCS crucial for passing USMLE Step 3?

For full detailed analysis on our Step 3 Test Strategy research, please visit About-Us

Our unique teaching strategies have resulted in 99% pass rate for all those trainees with prior multiple attempts. After six successful years, as we analyzed our teaching strategy, we consistently found a significant improvement in the CCS portion of all our test taker’s score reports ( when compared to their previous reports). We then requested our trainees to forward their score reports and did a retrospective analysis which revealed:

– 75% had an excellent performance on the CCS with only a borderline level performance on the MCQs
– 25% did moderately well on CCS and also moderately well on MCQs
– those with very borderline to poor performance on the CCS have failed irrespective of their performance on the MCQs

For most students with multiple attempts, score performance bars did not change much anywhere except in the CCS section. Yet, all of them passed!! This was especially true for people who previously failed with 70th percentile scores and above. This may suggest that if you are below 70th percentile in your previous attempts, you may need to brush your MCQ concepts too. But if you failed with an above 70% score, you need to check your score report to see if there is a scope for improvement in your CCS performance. That is where you can get the best results with the least effort!

In fact, doing extremely well on CCS with only a borderline performance on MCQs is sufficient to pass Step3! And this is achievable and much easier than achieving an above average performance on the MCQs.

Let us consider few logical points here to prove this fact again.

1. We always insist our students take NBME simulation test before the real step3 exam to see where they stand on the MCQ portion of the test. NBME does not have a CCS portion. If you consider NBME score (compare Step2), an above 400 (three digit) correlates with passing performance on Step3. However, since NBME does not include CCS, we have had a wide range of NBME scores that correlated with a PASS on the USMLE step3. This could be anywhere between 300 to 500. One of our students had a 310 – 3 digit score on NBME,a week prior to his real test. Yet, he passed with a 77% – his score report showed an extreme rightward bar (excellent) on CCS. (His MCQ performance correlated with that on NBME)

2. Recognize that CCS constitutes only 25% where as MCQs 75% of Step3 – that is 9 CCS cases and 480 MCQs. However, realize that each CCS constitutes 3% of your total score. Most examinees cannot answer more than 60% MCQs correctly. If you lose one CCS you lose 3% of your total score. In that case you need compensate this by correctly answering at least 15 MCQs ( i.e; 480 x 3% =14 MCQs) – this translates in to, roughly 2MCQs extra on each block. If you lose 2 to 3 CCS, the passing chances are dismal ( losing 2 CCS or borderline performance on CCS will require you to answer extra 4 to 6 MCQs correctly on each block i.e; for an examinee who scored 60% on his practice tests like Usmleworld, losing 2 CCS cases translates in to a requirement of 70% performance on MCQs to pass this test) – this is where it gets extremely difficult. This is why most people fail despite studying the theory time and again. This is why most people who score around 70 to 75% on popular practice Q banks like Kaplan and UWorld may still fail the exam!!!

– Do not neglect CCS. Doing extremely well on CCS is achievable and rewarding. Extreme rightward performance on CCS on your score report has always led to passing scores. 
– Poor/ borderline performance on CCS requires excellent/ very good performance on MCQs in order to pass the test – this is very difficult to achieve!! 

With this in mind, we launched this interactive online CCS workshop ( launched : JUNE 2008) where we can reach several trainees all over the world at once and teach them this crucial CCS approach for passing Step3.  Today, Archer or Dr.Red CCS Workshop and Streaming lectures reach about 10,000 medical graduates each year and have established a proven track record in achieving very high success rates on this exam.

Access Archer USMLE Step 3 Review for strategic high-yield Step 3 Review. It is not how much you study but how you study that matter – at Archer, we teach you the time-tested SMART strategy to excel on USMLE STep 3 through focused Step3 CCS strategy and CCS Workshops, focused theory reviews and high-yield concept oriented Qbanks!

To clarify, we are transitioning from our old website at to our New Website at as we continue to grow rapidly beyond Step 3CCS courses and Lectures. Our New website has  HighYield Notes, Qbanks and Step1/Step2Ck products as well. 

Thank you for your trust and we will continue to make focused, strategic products that will help you excel in quickest possible time


Archer online live step 3 reviews aims to bring USMLE step 3 courses on your desktop, at your doorstep! These highly successful live USMLE Step3 online reviews are an extension of our very popular and successful ” Dr.Red’s online ccs workshop, which has reached more than two thousand step3 takers in less than 12 months and has resulted in 98% pass rate. Archer Reviews have achieved a high success rate even with examinees with multiple attempts by our unique approach. These online reviews are done live and in a webinar format. You can stay at home and listen to lectures live and like in a virtual classroom, you can raise your hand and your question will be immediately answered by the instructor. This is a live online classroom which reduces the pain of flying several miles to attend live reviews. These are the only one in the market that offer successful step 3 lectures in this unique, live format. Archer’s most successful endeavor has been Dr.Red’s CCS Workshop which has helped hundreds of examinees to pass easily by excelling on CCS component.

Archer’s next CCS online workshop for the month of January will be on Sunday 1/24/2010 at 10 AM EST.

If you are interested in registering for this course, you can pay for the course on the website at Upon payment of the registration fee, your registration request will be automatically approved and an approval e-mail will be sent to you. This approval notice will have a button “Join Webinar” in it. Clicking this button on the day of the workshop will open up the live workshop on your desktop

To participate in the workshop, you will need a computer with internet access. For the audio, you can use either your computer’s microphone or a telephone. You will use the phone for the voice and log in to the conference call while you watch the power-point slides and the CCS demonstration on your desktop via. our unique net meeting software. You can also just opt to use your computer’s microphone in which case you do not need a telephone. Then you will get to practice a case while we watch and analyze your approach and correct it.

CCS Workshop Includes :

1. Lecture on CCS Strategies
2. Live demonstration of CCS cases
3. Common mistakes committed by the examinees and preventing them
4. Tips to score extremely high on CCS
5. Follow-ups of office and ER cases
6. Efficient use of time, doing more stuff without advancing the clock
7. Avoiding invasive tests
8. Basic set of orders for emergency cases
9. The 5-minute screen – adding/ disconinuing the orders that can matter
10. Obtaing consults and their appropriateness
11. Differential diagnosis for common ER and office presentations and easy tips to get the most out of few orders.
12. Working on efficiency
13. Live practice of 15 to 20 CCS cases by the attendees in the workshop
14. A these in addition to –> 20 minutes of supervised practice of one CCS case by each attendee who volunteers to practice. About 15 to 20 Highyield CCS cases will be practiced. During this time, you will be thoroughly analyzed, corrected and given instantaneous feedback by our experienced faculty

The total course fee is $97 .Slots are limited at 45.
If you are interested in the course, you visit Archer’s online store directly to pay :

If you have further questions, please directly contact

Archer’s other courses include very informative topic reviews and the high-yield rapid review – please check our website. Next 3-Day Step 3 Rapid Review is in JULY -2010. Archer theory reviews are now available as streaming videos so that you can start accessing them from the beginning of your step 3 preperation and fine tune your conceptual understanding to score maximum on the Multiple Choice Questions on USMLE Step 3.

USMLEGalaxy launches affordable live online USMLE Reviews!

Unique Live Review Courses

Unique Live Review Courses

USMLE Step1 and Step2 are the exams taken each year by thousands of doctors seeking admission in to various residency programs in the USA. USMLE Step3 on the other hand, is a mandatory exam that needs to be passed in order to get a license to practice as a physician in the United States. Yearly, thousands of medical graduates and students take these exams world-wide. They are usually looking for review courses that can best prepare them to ensure guaranteed success on these very competitive exams. There are several companies on the market that provide these review courses. However, most of them are expensive and also, require students to travel several hundred miles to attend their live reviews. Consequently, some students opt not to take the review courses there by, loosing the opportunity to get efficient guidance from the experts. The students that do take these courses are usually faced by time and money constraints as they are required to shell out an extra couple of thousand dollars on accomodation and travel expenses on top of what they have already paid for an already expensive live review. Some residents who are preparing for USMLE Step3 exam have huge time constraints that they cannot attend these live reviews unless they forego their valuable vacation period.

USMLE Galaxy, LLC has recognized these obstacles that limit USMLE exam takers from obtaining valubale advice and expert teaching. As an experiment, USMLE Galaxy LLC, has an initially launched USMLE Step3 Live Review courses ( Archer live USMLE Courses, Archer USMLE Step3 Rapid Review and Dr.Red CCS Workshop) through its division, These reviews were a huge success and have reached about 3000 USMLE step3 examinees in a span of 8 months. Dr.Red CCS Workshop focuses on a unique way of preparing students for USMLE Step3 CCS and hence, is a grand success with consistent demand for about 2 workshops a month. Archer rapid review for Step3 was initially started as a 2 day course but now extended to 3-days. Archer USMLE Step3 rapid review attempts to cover all frequently tested USMLE Step3 topics over a duration of 26 hours. The most helpful feature of these reviews is that you can interact and participate in the live course with out having to leave your home. These reviews have been especially useful for the residents who are very busy with their training. Now, USMLE Galaxy, LLC is also releasing live, online reviews for USMLE Step1 and Step2. These reviews will be available right on your desktop and most importantly, they are live. All you need is a computer with internet access and a microphone. If you do not have a microphone, you can use a telephone to interact with your instructor. You can participate as you do in a classroom. A “hand” icon on the software lets you notify the instructor that you have a question any time during the session. Your question will be answered by the instructor at the end of each sub-topic. These reviews can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Balaji.T, USMLE Galaxy’s ( Executive Vice President of Marketing said “These interactive, live sessions bring expert teaching and classroom atmosphere to your very own home. Most of our physicians are experts in teaching, have scored very high on their USMLEs and are board certified with top 10 percentile scores on the Internal Medicine board exams. We do rotate our teaching physicians to provide uninterrupted access to these live reviews. There are several review courses in the market but nothing gets more effective and extremely affordable than our unique sessions. Some companies offer online courses in a recorded format but you do not get a chance to interact with instructor in a classroom atmosphere. Eventhough, some of our future sessions will also be pre-recorded, our teaching physicians will actively supervise these lectures and after each sub-topic they will unmute you to see if you have any questions. They will actively answer all your questions during the session itself there by bringing interactive classroom atmosphere to your very own home. We have a practice of mailing surveys to our attendees after our rapid reviews. Our post-review surveys have revealed that almost 100% attendees have rated these reviews as “Very Helpful ” and “Extremely affordable”. More than 95% have commented and rated our teaching physicians as highly effective “

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