1.  Assess your baseline

Take a practice test to know your initial score before beginning to study. Many students perform poorly on this practice test, but it is an essential step because it allows you to assess whether you are making progress.

2.  Set your goal

Be realistic. If your baseline score was 180, setting a score of 270 might be unreasonable. Set a conservative goal that you are comfortable with that still allows you to reach the residency of your choice. If you surpass your goal, then even better for you.

3.  Make a study plan

Do not overload yourself. Plan your schedule and resources wisely. Aim for a schedule that is challenging but fair. Choose resources that you know will help and do not overload on them. It is better to know a few resources really well. For help with developing a plan visit our study planner resources.

4.  Study!

There is no substitute for studying. Be diligent. Work hard. Put the time and effort into studying and it will pay off. Whether that means working through questions or reviewing content, do what works best for you to reach your goal.

5.  Track your progress

You need to know if you are making progress and whether you have reached your goal yet. Take practice exams at regular intervals throughout your dedicated study because this will gauge whether you are studying correctly and efficiently.

Last updated: August 25, 2020