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BELOW IS A LIST OF OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!

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1. What Is The USMLE Success Academy?
1a. What Is The Price, How Can I Pay, & Do You Provide Accommodations?
1b. What Makes Your Programs So Effective?
1c. How Have Past Students Described Your Programs?
1d. I’ve Been Away From Medicine/Out of School For A While.  Are Your Programs A Good Choice To Help Me?
1e. I’ve noticed your live program is only 4 weeks in length when other programs are 6-14 weeks long.  Will that be enough time to cover everything I need to know?
2. Can I Join From Anywhere In The World?
2a. Can I purchase individual lectures?
2b. Can I Follow Along With First Aid?
3. What Can I Expect On A Daily Basis From Your Step 1 Live and/or Online Programs?
4a. How Much Time Will I Need To Set Aside Each Day for the Online Step 1 or Step 2 CK Program?
4b. How Long Can I Access The Online Program Lectures?
5. What Can I Expect On Day 1 of the Online Programs?
6. Can I Preview The Material Before Signing Up?
7. What Is The Cost Of The Course?
7b. If I Fail, Do I Get Anything Back?
7c. Can I Reserve A Spot In Your Live Programs For A Later Date With A Deposit?
8. I Have Test-Taking Difficulties, Can You Help?
9. I’m Not In North America, Can I Still Join?
10. Once I register, how long does it take to receive my books?
11. I’ve Already Failed My Exam, Can You Still Help Me?
12. If I Register For The Comprehensive Step 1 Live & Online Program Package Do I Get A Discount?
13. I’m Taking Step 2 CK, Can The Success Academy Help Me?
14. I’m Taking The Canadian Boards Too, Will This Course Help?
15. I’m Ready To Sign-Up, What Do I Do Next?
16. Will You Send The Course Materials To My House?
17. Is The Cost Of Shipping Books Expensive?
18. How Fast Do You Reply To Email Questions During The Course?
19. How Are The Four Practice Exams Structured?
20. Does The Course Come With A Guarantee?
21. What Advantage Do I Have In Choosing Your Courses Over Others?
22. What Subjects Are Covered In Your Courses?
23. Who Is The Average USMLE Success Academy Student?
24. What Are The Average Scores Of Your Students?
25. Have You Helped Students With Failures Eventually Pass The Step 1?
26. What Is The Passing Rate Of Your Students?
27. What Is The Background Of Your Instructors?
28. Do You Provide 1-on-1 Tutoring?
29. Can I Record The Lectures?
30. What Steps Do I Have To Take To Secure The Passing Score Guarantee?

31. Do You Offer Practice NBME Exams?

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1. What Is The USMLE Success Academy?

The USMLE Success Academy provides both Live (Chicago, IL) and Online Preparation Programs for the USMLE Step 1 & Step 2 examinations.  Our Live Step 1 Program is held monthly at our location in Schaumburg, Illinois, which is located just minutes outside of Chicago.  Our Live Step 1 program is unique in that we keep our class sizes small, which enables us to give each student the high-quality education and attention they need to succeed.  Our Online Step 1 & Step 2 CK Programs have a high MD-to-Student Ration so that we can provide students with access to our Team of MDs throughout the duration of their Online Program access.  Additionally, our Online & Live Step 1 Programs offer our comprehensive, high-yield lectures, free practice NBME exams (pre & post program), the Success Academy’s unique practice exams & quizzes, Test-Taking & step-by-step Preparation Strategies, and access to our Team of MDs.   

Learn more and register for our upcoming Live Step 1 Program in Chicago by clicking HERE

Take a look at our Online Classroom format by clicking HERE

WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM NOT?

There are many different programs out there, and it is important that you know exactly what we are NOT… The USMLE Success Academy is NOT just an elaboration on any of the popular study guides.  We do not follow along with First Aid and simply outline the topics as First Aid does, it is NOT a program that simply pulls QBank questions and explains the answers, and it is not a superficial review of medical school.  We use the official USMLE Organization’s Step 1 ‘content criteria’ and provide our students with a comprehensive Step 1 Preparation Program  over the course of 4 weeks (Live Program), or over the course of 4 weeks up to 1 year (Online Program) that gives our students the essential tools and skills they need to attack and conquer the Step 1 exam.

1a. What Is The Price, How Can I Pay, & Do You Provide Accommodations?

The tuition for our Live Step 1 Program begins at $2697USD when paid in full, up-front (students can pay a $500 deposit to reserve a seat in any upcoming session), and includes everything you will need over the course of your 4-week Live program.  You can pay up-front in full or leave a deposit ($150.00 fee associated with this option) to secure a seat and pay the remainder of the tuition 7 days prior to the 1st day of class.

The tuition for our Online Step 1 Preparation Program begins at $797.00 and increases depending on the Program Package you choose (options include Basic, Standard, & Premium).  Each option provides students with one (1) full year of access, comprehensive, high-yield lectures, practice exams, and much more!

Hotel Accommodations: Students requiring accommodations while with us in Schaumburg, IL can benefit from our discounted rates with the Holiday Inn Express located next to our Center.  Students who stay at our partner Hotel will benefit from free daily breakfast, free wifi, and free shuttle service to/from O’Hare International Airport and within a 5 mile radius of the Hotel.  The Success Academy’s students receive a nightly discount and free breakfast at the Hotel only when booking directly on our registration page.  The discounted price for the 4 week Hotel stay (the stay begins on the day before classes start and the stay ends on the day after classes finish) is $2,000.00 total for one (1) student with daily breakfast or $2,500.00 total with daily breakfast for two (2) students joining together and/or sharing a double-bed room.  In addition to the Hotel Accommodations, there is also a deli and restaurant located in our Center’s office park, as well as the Woodfield Mall and several other restaurant and shopping options within walking distance of our Center and the Hotel.

1b. What Makes Your Programs So Effective?

First and foremost, the USMLE Success Academy employs very unique exam preparation strategies, including two (2) free practice NBME exams, which involves helping our students to actively engage with the materials presented in our Preparation Programs.  Studies demonstrate that by taking an active learning approach, students will learn more, learn faster, and retain much more information over the long-run.  Therefore, by combining our in-depth, high-yield curriculum with an active approach to learning, our students excel and score well above average for most USMLE test-takers.  The Success Academy was also created and is operated by actual MDs who have years of USMLE preparation experience.  Whereas other popular programs hire PhDs, or even medical students, that have never taken the USMLE exams to teach their students, the Success Academy only uses MDs who have taken and passed all USMLE exams to guide and teach their students.  We know that you will learn much more from actual MDs versus PhDs that have no real-world experience with the nuances and difficulty of the USMLE exams.

The other reason why our Preparation Programs are so effective is because of the great attention to detail that we take in putting our programs together for our students. To start off, at the beginning of each year we determine exactly what the USMLE organization is making ‘fair game’ on the exam. Upon determining exactly what is considered to be testable material, we structure our programs and learning techniques in order to provide you with the information and tools needed for success on any of your USMLE exams.

The thing that sets our Preparation Programs apart from all of the other basic review programs out there is that we are teaching you the material that is most likely to be tested on your exam, and not simply re-teaching 24 months worth of basic sciences over the course of several weeks, while wasting your time and money. We focus 100% on the actual USMLE organization’s exam outline, ensuring that no time and money is wasted during the preparation months.  We pay close attention to top question banks in order to keep tabs on the most frequently tested concepts, we frequent the NBME examination in order to determine the level of difficulty that is being asked on the exams, and we combine everything into easy-to-use, straightforward Preparation Programs that provide results.  Our goal is to make studying for the toughest exams of your medical career as easy and painless as possible.

1c. How Have Past Students Described Your Programs?

The USMLE Success Academy was Ranked #1 by the students of USMLE-Forums.com.  Click HERE to see the results of the USMLE preparation programs poll.  Since 2009, we’ve helped thousands of students prepare for their USMLE Step 1 exam and boast an over 99% student success rate for our Online & Live Step 1 Program, a 98% student success rate for our Online Step 2 CK Program, and an over 99% student success rate for our Live Step 2 CS Program!  

To gain further insight into students’ perspectives on the Success Academy, we decided to contact our past students, as well as asked our current students, to find out just how they would describe our Preparation Programs. The majority of students described our Programs as being comprehensive, yet packed with crucial high-yield information without the unnecessary, extraneous information that the basic ‘review’ courses provided them or from what they were told from their colleagues.  We were pleased to receive such positive feedback because we created and provide a curriculum that adheres to the guidelines set out by the USMLE organization, and then diving into the material in a high yield format while implement our exclusive Test-Taking-Strategies and Preparation Strategies, thereby ensuring that no matter how the USMLE twists a question on the Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams, or try to confuse your during the CS exam, you are equipped 100% with the information, tools, and skills required to pass your USMLE exams and score exceptionally well.

1d. I’ve Been Away From Medicine/Out of School For A While.  Are Your Programs A Good Choice To Help Me?

Absolutely! In fact, approximately 20% or more of our students are Foreign Trained Physicians who have been away from medical school for many years, and their success rate is after utilizing our Preparation Programs is exceptionally high.  When we designed our Preparation Programs, we created them in a comprehensive, yet high-yield fashion, thereby ensuring that students would be exposed to all of the material that they need in order to achieve success on the USMLE exams. Whether you are straight out of medical school or have been away for several years, our Preparation Programs will give you everything that you need to succeed – guaranteed!* (please see our Passing Score Guarantee for further details). 

1e. I’ve noticed your Live Step 1 program is only 4 weeks in length when other programs are 6-14 weeks long.  Will that be enough time to cover everything I need to know for the exam?

Yes, absolutely! We have created a Preparation Program that goes into greath depth and detail about all of the high-yield Step 1 information, without covering all of the unnecessary, low-yield information that is unlikely to be tested.  Our goal is to expose you to excactly what you need to know, without wasting your time and money.  Our Program also provides free, unlimited 1-on-1 daily tutoring sessions to strengthen and build upon your basic sciences foundation, for  mastery of the testable high-yield information, and for building the necessary test-taking skills.  Because our program gives you everything you need in just 4 weeks, you will save precious time that can be used to study for the exam while also saving you a tremendous amount of money on accommodations and related expenses. We don’t want to keep you away from your crucial study time any longer than is necessary, thus we have streamlined our Program to ensure that you get the maximum benefits in a minimal amount of time.  All of our Preparation Programs, including our Live program in Chicago, is based on the criteria set out by the USMLE organization’s criteria of ‘testable material’, thus we cover exactly what you need to know to succeed.

2. Can I Join From Anywhere In The World?

Of course.  Any student who would like to join our Preparation Programs can do so.  For our Live Program, as long as you are legally allowed to enter into the United States, you may attend.  For our Online Programs, as long as you have a high-speed internet connection you can take full advantage of the convenience of all the features included in our top-rated Online Programs. 

2a. Can I Purchase Individual Lectures?

Unfortunately, we do not offer the option to purchase our Step 1 and Step 2 CK Online Program lectures individually.  

2b. Can I Follow Along With First Aid

While our Preparation Programs give you everything that you need to pass and score well on your USMLE exams, as well as going into much greater detail than the First Aid does, you may find it to be useful in elaborating on all of the high-yield topics covered in our curriculums after finishing our Program(s) and just before you write for the exam as a final review. Please note that all of our Preparation Programs have been created to give you everything you need without the need for extra books or study guides.

3. What Can I Expect On A Daily Basis From Your Step 1 Live and/or Online Programs?

Live Preparation Program:

Our Live Program combines comprehensive, high-yield lectures with a variety of other learning tools to ensure your time spent with us is not only useful and educational, but fun!  You will be provided with two (2) free NBME exams, engage in a variety of trivia games to supplement all live lectures, as well as undertake daily USMLE-style practice exams and quizzes to reinforce and ensure you are learning the material covered in our curriculum as you progress.  On a daily basis, you will have a good time, while being thoroughly prepared for your USMLE Step 1 exam.  With the assistance of our Team of MDs, our Test-Taking Strategies, step-by-step plans for success, and 1-0n-1 tutoring sessions, you will obtain the information, skills, and tools that you need to pass the Step 1 exam and score exceptionally well. 

Online Preparation Program:

On a daily basis, what you can expect depends on the length of time you would like to complete the Program and how much Program access you purchase.  Students have 1 full year of access for the Step 1 Online Program (the Step 1 Online Program can be completed in as little as 4 weeks on a full-time study schedule) and either 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 24-weeks, or 1 full year of access for the Step 2 CK Online Program.  For example, if you want to complete the Online Program you have chosen in 4-weeks, you can expect to dedicate many hours each day to your studies because the material needs to be covered and studied in a shorter amount of time, while with an 8 or 12 week session the workload will be less each day because the material can be spread over a longer period of time.  We encourage students that take more time to grasp and/or study the material to choose from one of our longer Online Programs so that they can take their time going through all of the lectures and studying the material.  Whichever option you choose, we recommend that once you are through with the day’s lecture, you should take the associated quiz and then email us with any questions regarding the lecture material.  We encourage students to then review the material covered 2-3 more times, then move onto performing 4-5 blocks of UWorld questions every day, as this allows you to apply your knowledge in the most realistic USMLE-style format possible.

4a. How Much Time Will I Need To Set Aside Each Day For The Step 1 or Step 2 CK Online Program?

For those students who wish to complete the Step 1 or Step 2 CK Online Programs in 4 weeks, you can expect to put in approximately 7-10hrs of studying per day, including taking the practice exams, quizzes, and the daily review sessions.  For those who wish to complete the Online Program in 8 weeks, you can expect to put in 6-8hrs per day, and for those who wish to complete the Online Program in 12 weeks, 3-5hrs per day is typical.  This includes lecture, quiz, and review time.  For those who wish to complete the Online Program over an extended period of time (4 months or longer), it is advisable to aim for at least 1 lecture per day, but the material can be explored at a much slower pace if you choose.  As you can see, the duration in which you choose to complete the Online Program will determine the amount of time you will need on a daily basis to cover the material, practice exams, associated quizzes, etc. 

4b. How Long Can I Access The Online Program Lectures?

Students have 1 full year of access for the Step 1 Online Program and either 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 24-weeks, or 1 full year for the Step 2 CK Online Program.  This timeframe begins on the date your desired session starts.  Should students want longer access, it can be purchased at any time throughout the entire session for a nominal fee. 

5. What Can I Expect On Day 1 of the Online Programs?

On the first day of your session (whether it’s for Online Step 1 or Online Step 2 CK), you simply log into the virtual classroom and take your diagnostic exam, and then begin your lectures at your own convenience.  Depending on the option you chose during the registration process, you will receive all of your course materials either prior to the first day of your Online Program start date or within 2-3 business days of your Online Program start date for domestic shipping addresses or 4-10 business days of your Online Program start date for international shipping addresses.  

6. Can I Preview The Material Before Signing Up?

Absolutely!  In fact, we recommend that students preview our teaching methods thoroughly so they will know if it is compatible with their desired style of learning.  For example, one way to decide if the Success Academy’s Online Step 1 Preparation Program is right for you is by signing up for our FREE TRIAL absolutely free!  You can also view over 300 sample videos related to all of our Preparation Programs on our YouTube page by clicking HERE.  For the Step 1 Online Preparation Program, the entire lecture series is taught in the exact manner in which the videos appear, that is, you see us teaching on the computer’s whiteboard.  For students who desire to attend our Live program in Chicago, you may sit in on a lecture by visiting our center during our session hours.  Please call us to schedule a visit.

7b. If I Fail My Exam, Do I Get Anything Back?

We take great pride in our Step 1 Preparation Program and have 100% confidence that any student who follows our step-by-step strategies will be successful on their exam.  We want all students to feel confident that when they choose us to help them with their preparation that will ultimately succeed on the exam, which is why we offer our exclusive, industry-only Passing Score Guarantee* for students enrolled in our Step 1 Live Program, our Premium Package Step 1 Online Program, and Step 2 CK Program.   If a student takes any of the aforementioned Preparation Programs and follows our step-by-step plan for success, but fails, we will provide you with a full refund.  Failure is not an option for us or for our students, so rest assured that you are getting everything you need to succeed or your money back!

7c. Can I Reserve A Spot In Your Live Programs For A Later Date With A Deposit?

Yes.  You can pay a $500 deposit to reserve a seat in any of our upcoming sessions.  Please note that we encourage all prospective students to reserve a spot in any of our upcoming Live Programs well in advance of their anticipated start date as classes fill in advance of each start date because the available space is purposefully limited in order to provide each student with the 1-on-1 attention that they need and deserve.

8. I Have Test-Taking Difficulties, Can You Help?

Yes, our Preparation Programs incorporate our Test-Taking Strategies, Preparation Strategies, and step-by-step plans for success which are outlined in-depth in our courses.  Our Programs are structured towards helping students, no matter what  their current level of knowledge or their test-taking struggles are in order to maximize their potential, get results, and excel on the USMLE exams.  If you have test-taking difficulties, anxiety, or any other concerns, our Preparation Programs will help you overcome these struggles.

9. I’m Not In North America, Can I Still Join?

Absolutely!  If you can’t get to the U.S to join any of our Live Preparation Programs, then our Online Preparation Programs are exactly what you need.  Our Online Programs are held through our virtual classroom and can be joined from anywhere in the World.  As long as your country allows shipment of course materials to you, or you have internet access, then you will be all set to join us.  Many countries in the Middle-East may have difficulties using our PayPal payment processor and/or experience difficulties in receiving course materials through the mail/email.  In such cases, we accept email money transfers and/or certified money orders.  Please note that discounts will be given to students who are in the Middle-East since physical course books are not likely to be delivered.  We will deliver your course materials through DropBox under such circumstances.

10. Once I register, how long does it take to receive my books?

All coursebooks are sent out within 24-48hrs of registration.  Our standard shipping will take approximately 2-3 business days for Domestic U.S. shipping addresses and anywhere from 4-10 business days for International shipping addresses.  For students joining our Live Preparation Programs in Chicago, course materials will be given out on day 1 of their session.

11. I’ve Already Failed My Exam, Can You Still Help Me?

Yes!  Many students come to us after initially failing the Step 1 exam, and we have enjoyed great success in helping these students not only pass the exam, but to score higher than they ever expected (Our Step 1 Preparation Programs boast an over 98% student success rate!).  All our Preparation Programs incorporate our exclusive, unique Test-Taking Strategies and step-by-step plans for success which are outlined in-depth in all of our Programs.  All of our Programs are structured towards helping students, no matter what  their current level of knowledge or their test-taking struggles are in order to maximize their potential, get results, and excel on any of their USMLE exams.  We are so confident in our results that we offer our industry-only Passing Score Guarantee!*

  12. If I Register For The Comprehensive Step 1 Live & Online Program Package Do I Get A Discount?

Yes!  Students that combine our Online & Live Step 1 Programs by registering for our Comprehensive Step 1 Program Package will receive savings up to $1,000.00.  

13. I’m Taking The Step 2 CK, Can The Success Academy Help Me?

We have created a USMLE Step 2 CK Online Preparation Program for students seeking assistance on the Step 2 CK.  With the increasing difficulty matching in today’s healthcare environment, just passing the Step 2 CK is not enough.  Students must strive to earn top scores on their exam in order to distinguish themselves from competing students during the match.  We created our Online Step 2 CK Preparation Program in order to help our students master the skills required to pass the exam and, more importantly for matching purposes, obtain a top score.  Most medical graduates choose to save money preparing for the exam by studying on their own and/or using outdated sources and incorrect test-taking strategies.  Students spend on average in excess of $100,000 on their medical education, but choose to study on their own for the CK exam to save some money.  Imagine what failing the CK exam would do for your career.  By taking the Success Academy’s Online Step 2 CK Preparation Program you will master the skills required to pass the exam and score high on your first attempt, thereby guaranteeing that your time, money, and investment in your future was not wasted away. 

According to NRMP.org, the mean CK score for IMG’s who matched into a Medical Residency in 2013/2014 was 233, while the mean CK score for American medical students who matched was 224.

With the Step 2 CK minimum passing score being changed to 209 (effective July 1, 2014), and the mean averages for matching students being at an all-time high, there has never been a better time to join the Success Academy’s Online Step 2 CK Preparation Program.

14. I’m Taking The Canadian Boards Too, Will This Course Help Me?

Students who are preparing for the MCCEE will find our Step 2 CK Online Preparation Program perfect for their exam preparation.  The similarities between the MCCEE and the Step 2 CK are vast, and taking our CK Preparation Program will give you all the tools necessary pass and, more importantly, to score very well on the MCCEE exam.  Students getting ready for the MCQE1 will find our CK Preparation Program to be a great review.  However, please note that the ‘patient management’ portion of the QE1 is not covered in our CK Preparation Program.

15. I’m Ready To Sign-Up, What Do I Do Next?

We’re excited to have you join us!  The next step is to choose your desired program, your session date, and to secure your spot in your chosen session.  To get started, please click HERE.

16. Will You Mail The Course Materials To My House?

Yes, for our Online Step 1 Program.  During the initial registration process you will be prompted to fill-in your shipping address so we have it on file; please use this to let us know where you want your materials shipped.  For any of our Live Programs, your books will be given to you on the first day of your session.  If you would like printed course books for our Online Step 2 CK Program you can have them printed and shipped to you for an additional cost.  

17. Is The Cost Of Shipping Books Expensive?

Shipping & Handling costs for the Online Step 1 Program is only $29.95USD for locations in the Domestic United States and an additional $75.00USD for locations outside the Domestic United States.  

18. How Fast Do You Reply To Email Questions During The Online Programs?

We make the questions of our ‘in-session’ students a top priority, and thus all emails are re-routed to our homes, offices, and cell phones.  During daytime hours (6am – 6pm), you can expect a response within 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the complexity and length of the question(s) submitted to our Team of MDs.  However, if there is a major time difference between your location and ours, then it may take 1-3 hours extra before we respond.  However, we will always strive to respond as quickly as possible.  During weekends and holidays, replies may take up to 12hrs.  Rest assured that all emails from students, especially during the first 30 days of their Online Program access, are our top priority around-the-clock.

19. How Are The Daily Practice Quizzes Structured

The daily quizzes are structured in a multiple choice and matching format.  Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need for success, and our quiz formats are specifically designed to maximize your understanding, retention, and odds for success.  Each quiz contains an average of 10-20 questions.

20. Does The Course Come With A Guarantee?

Yes!  Our Step 1 Live Program, Premium Package Step 1 Online Program, and Step 2 CK Program offer our exclusive, industry-only Passing Score Guarantee.  We have gone to great lengths to put together highly structured programs that will give you the best chances for success.  As long as you follow our step-by-step plan for success, then we Guarantee* your success.  And, should the unfortunate, unlikely instance of a failure occur (very rare), we will refund your entire tuition payment!*

21. What Advantage Do I Have In Choosing Your Courses Over Others?

Simply put, the Success Academy is the only USMLE Preparation Program that exclusively uses Medical Doctors with clinical experience and not PhDs that have never taken the USMLE exams nor practiced medicine.  Our Team of MDs have collectively  been to all of the major review courses on the market when they were preparing for their USMLE exams.  So, when we created our exclusive, one-of-a-kind Preparation Programs, we decided to provide our students with comprehensive, high-yield programs, free practice NBME® exams, our USMLE specific Test-Taking-Strategies, step-by-step-plans for success, and direct, 1-on-1 access to our Team of MDs at the best prices available on the market!  The courses available on the market today are just basic “review” courses.  They will only provide you with a review of medical school and a ton of extraneous information provided by instructors that have no USMLE and clinical experience, while drowning you out amidst their 100+ class sizes.  Class sizes that large make it impossible to provide the direct 1-on-1 attention that students require in order to pass and score well on their USMLE exams.  For these reasons, the Success Academy limits the amount of students that may register for each session so that we may ensure that we dedicate as much time as is needed for each of our students (25-to-1 Student-to-MD Ratio in Live Step 1 Program and 3-to-1 Student-to-MD Ratio in Live Step 2 CS Program).  The Success Academy is not a “review” course.  We are a Preparation Program that provides you with all of the skills and tools that you need to succeed on the USMLE exams.  And, another major difference between the review courses on the market and the Success Academy’s Preparation Programs is that you get our industry-only, rock-solid Passing Score Guarantee.*  If you follow our step-by-step plan for success, but fail your exam (very rare), we will refund 100% of your tuition payment!  None of the basic “review” courses have the confidence to provide such a guarantee, but the Success Academy does!

22. What Subjects Are Covered In Your Courses?

Our Preparation Programs cover all of the subjects being taught in U.S.-based medical schools.  Additionally, and more importantly for the USMLE exams, our Preparation Programs pay close attention and focus on everything that is considered ‘testable material’ on the USMLE exams as set forth by the USMLE organization.  All of our Preparation Programs provide students with the comprehensive, yet high-yield information required to strengthen their basic sciences foundation, all while giving them the essential skills and tools needed to succeed on the USMLE exams.  For further information on the various Preparation Programs we offer, please visit the Program Format page.

23. Who Is The Average USMLE Success Academy Student?

Our student body consists of students from medical schools all over the Globe and from all walks of life.  Many of our students are Foreign trained physicians and International Medical School graduates.  No matter what our students educational and cultural backgrounds consist of, we go the extra mile in ensuring that all of our students are prepared to succeed on their USMLE exams.  For example, we have a clear understanding of the difficulties associated with being a Foreign trained physician or Foreign/International medical graduate because several members of the Success Academy’s Team of MDs were once in the same boat as you.  Because of our Team of MDs varied educational and cultural backgrounds, we strive to go the extra mile each day in order to provide all of our students with the 1-on-1 interaction they need and deserve.

24. What Are The Average Scores Of Your Students?

There is a wide range of scores achieved by our students, but we are proud to say that over 99% of our students have passed their USMLE Step 1 exam, over 98% of our students have passed their USMLE Step 2 CK exam, and over 99% of our students have passed their Step 2 CS exam after going through our Preparation Programs.  In addition to the high pass rates, many of our students have achieved scores above 240 on their Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams.  Additionally, our students have enjoyed an over 99% pass rate on the Step 2 CS since we launched our CS Preparation Program in 2012.  Because of the continued success achieved by our students after taking our Preparation Programs, we continue to offer our industry-only, rock-solid Passing Score Guarantee!*  In the unlikely event that you fail your exam, we will refund 100% of your tuition payment!*

25. Have You Helped Students With Failures Eventually Pass The Step 1?

Yes! The USMLE Success Academy Step 1 Preparation Programs boast an over 98% student success rate.  Many students come to us after failing the Step 1 exam once, twice, or even three times.  A common factor among these students is that they are looking for a structured environment that will provide them with a strategy for mastering the USMLE’s testable material, while also gaining the tools and skills required to properly attack USMLE questions in order to ultimately pass the exam.  We are proud to say that all students to date that have come to us after failing their exam one or more times passed on their next attempt using our Step 1 Preparation Program!  Students with multiple failures must distinguish themselves by not only passing the Step 1 exam, but by also scoring exceptionally well.  Our Step 1 Preparation Program has helped students with multiple failures pass their exam and, more importantly, score higher than expected on the exam, which is crucial for staying competitive during the Match.

26. What Is The Passing Rate Of Your Students?

Since 2009, we’ve helped thousands of students prepare for their Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams and are proud to say that we have an over 99% student success rate for our Step 1 Prep Programs and an over 98% student success rate for our Step 2 CK Online Prep Program!  Additionally, since 2012, our Step 2 CS Live Program has an over 99% student success rate as well!

27. What Is The Background Of Your Instructors?

The USMLE Success Academy is the only USMLE Preparation Program provider in the United States that exclusively uses Medical Doctors that have taken all their USMLE exams and have clinical experience, and not like all the other basic “review” programs that utilize PhDs that have never taken the USMLE exams or practiced medicince.  Our Instructors hold a degree in medicine (M.D.) and have also completed Residency in their respective fields.  Additionally, our Instructors gained their training and clinical experience through the United States Clinical Experience (USCE), thus we have a complete and thorough understanding of the U.S. medical system.  All of the Instructors at the USMLE Success Academy have a passion for teaching and have dedicated their lives to medical education.

28. Do You Provide 1-on-1 Tutoring?

Yes.  For example, in our Live Step 1 Preparation Program in Chicago, we offer Live 1-on-1 tutoring for students as requested!  For our Step 1 and Step 2 CK Online Programs we provide email access to our Team of MDs.

29. Can I Record The Lectures?

No.  Our lectures are copyrighted material and it is illegal to do so.  There are severe penalties for copying, distributing, and/or disseminating any of the Success Academy’s work-product and material.  If you need a recording of any of our lectures, please contact us and we can provide you with MP3’s of any of our lectures via Dropbox for an additional $49 for both the Step 1 & Step 2 CK Preparation Programs.

30. What Steps Do I Have To Take To Secure The Passing Score Guarantee?

In order to secure our Passing Score Guarantee, please visit our Passing Score Guarantee page for detailed information!

 

31. Do You Offer Practice NBME Exams?

Yes!  We offer both our Premium Package Step 1 Online and Live Step 1 students two (2) free practice NBME exams (taken pre & post program).

 

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