We continue to improve our product. We have released a new version: version 4.0.2. This has made some minor improvements to cases and cleaned up some things. We know that people are anxious to have our product work on more mobile devices that don’t run on OSX/Windows such as iPads/iPhones/Android phones/Chrome Books/etc. Although the display screens will not be the same as a normal computer screen, we are working on something to accommodate this. This is a difficult project as these devices don’t have the computing power needed to run the software, but we are looking into having servers do some of the heavy lifting. More announcements to come on this. It may take us awhile to come up with a solution for this.
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We have been working hard and have finally released a major update: version 4.0.0.
Things may look the same on the outside and run the same, but we have essentially “replaced” the engine. Everything “under the hood” has been changed or updated. This was done to assure stability in future versions of Windows and Mac and to accommodate updating technologies. You might notice some graphic user interface (GUI) updates in the Mac version. The installation process for the Mac was also simplified. We also updated some cases to the most up-to-date treatment protocols. We will continue to improve our software. As always, updates are free to paid users.
We are working on some new features, so we will release these when completed. Enjoy.
Step 3 Format
A common question that we receive is what is the Step 3 Format? Step 3 is the final USMLE exam required to qualify for an unrestricted medical license. The exam is a two day exam:
Day 1 includes 232 multiple choice questions divided into 6 different blocks of 38 to 39 questions. You are given 60 minutes for each block of test items.
Day 1 will be approximately 7 hours which includes 45 min of break time and an optional 5 min tutorial.
Day 2 is a longer day. This lasts approximately 9 hours. There are another 180 multiple choice questions divided into 6 blocks of 30 questions. You are given 45 min for each block.
After the multiple choice questions, there are 13 case simulations which haws both 10 minute cases and 20 minute cases of “real time.” You have 45 min of break time for this day as well. This is the Step 3 format. The CCS portion will take a significant portion of your time on the second day. Many people do not take the CCS portion seriously and focus mainly on the multiple choice questions. However, this is not recommended as the case simulations are unique in a sense that most people who have never taken Step 3 before are not familiar with the software and what is required and what is being graded.
This is what CCSCases.com specializes in. We help students who are unfamiliar with the test and provide a simulation environment to help prepare them for test day. We give feedback after the cases to give you advice on what you did right and would you could do better to maximize your score on test day. If you would like to try out our case simulation software, please go to our download page here.
We have released a new version today: version 3.3.4.
We also made some minor updates to the cases. This update is only available for the PC at this time. We have a new update which is coming soon which will be available to both PC/MAC coming soon!
You can download the new version here.
Thanks for your support.
CCS Cases Team.
A common question that we receive is: “What percent correct is considered a passing score on your program?” Essentially, how will my scores on your program translate to a score on the real USMLE Step 3 exam. There is a Pass / Fail cut off for the USMLE Step 3 exam in total. That number is 196 – This includes the multiple choice part of the test. However, there is no “Pass / Fail” cut off for each individual case.
There are 13 CCS cases that you will have to complete on test day. Each case is worth between 2% -2.5% of your total grade.
If you would like the “xxxxxx” or range of your performance to be on the “Higher Performance,” we’d recommend to attempt to achieve a basic competence of 80% or above on each of the cases.
Some people come to us and are very upset that they didn’t get 100% passing score on each exam. They say that our program is flawed and that in the real world the treatment they offered is top-notch and they should be allotted 100% because of their expertise in handling the case. We kindly remind them that the CCS Cases program is not real life. There are things that are graded in the program that you would likely not do in real life. Remember, it is likely a computer that is grading your performance (just like our program), so we recommend getting used to it!
Once you are finished and have successfully passed your test, you can go back and practice the way you feel most comfortable, but our product is not designed to train you to practice on real people. Our product is designed for you to pass and do well on the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases! Ideally, it would be one and the same, but realistically, they are two separate skills.
If you’d like to try out our program, click here to download free trial version of our software.
MTB USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases
If you’re here, it looks like you are looking to master the boards for the USMLE Step 3 CCS cases portion (of for short just MTB USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases). You can get the MTB (master the boards) book which likely has very important and relevant information about the Step 3 CCS cases portion of the exam. While this can be helpful in studying the material, nothing is quite like actually practicing on real software that mimics the real test so that you can be prepared for test day. No amount of reading is going to prepare you, but practicing over 100 cases will help you master the step 3 ccs cases portion of the exam.
I know you maybe a little skeptical at first. Really? Another test prep pitch? Wait now, hear me out… You can download and try it out free without any gimmecks. No logins, no phone numbers, or required anything. Just download it at no obligation and see for yourself if it is something that can help you master the step 3 CCS Cases. If not, then you’ve lost just your time. You can find our download page here.
You will find that thousands of our customers have successfully prepared and done great on their ccs cases portion of the exam. For some test takers, the CCS portion can be a make-or-break between passing Step 3 and failing Step 3. We recommend that you always error on the side of caution and OVER prepare rather than underprepare. We have over 100 cases to help you prepare for the Step 3 CCS Cases portion of the exam.
USMLE Step 3 CCS Mnemonics
CCSCases.com is going to help you crush and pass the USMLE Step 3 a lot more that USMLE Step 3 CCS Mnemonics will! Mnemonics can be helpful, but this will not be a good long term strategy to do well on the test. Just like anything in life, it’s practice, practice, practice. It’s getting that muscle memory or brain memory to reflexively do all the right things without having to focus too hard on doing it.
When you use our program, you will develop that “muscle” memory, so that it will become second nature to you to order the right tests, to do the right treatment, and to do the correct preventive care that will get you a high score. This will be much more helpful to you in the long term for improving your score than USMLE Step 3 CCS Mnemonics. The great thing about our product is that you can try it out for yourself and evaluate it prior to purchasing the program. You can do it right now if you want to. Okay, you do? Well, head on over to our download page located here and you get get going right now. Our trial version has 2 fully functional cases that you can practice on. In our full version, we have over 100 cases to practice and become an expert, so that you will crush/kill/ace/smash/*insert other verb* the USMLE Step 3 CCS cases portion of the exam.
We have thousands of customers. They have succeeded with our product, and we are confident that you will as well if you dedicate to studying the material and practicing. It’s really just practice, practice, practice. Our software comes with grading, so you don’t have to guess on how well you did. You get feedback, so you can improve so that you will not make the same mistakes on test day.
Crush Step 3 CCS
We at ccscases.com do think that Crush Step 3 CCS is a good resource. It has good information on workups for chief complaints. However, no matter how much you study a book, you will not perform well unless you get comfortable and familiar with how the USMLE Step 3 CCS software works. We do not think that doing the 5 practice cases offered on the USMLE website is sufficient preparation to be prepared enough to do well on the test, even if your medical knowledge is solid. There is high anxiety on the test, so if you are not adequately familiar with the software, this could cause serious problems in your performance. Some cases are very short, and some people have complained of the software having lagging times between orders. You do not want to waste time saying “Oh…shoot, what’s that order called again…” Or “Umm…how do I order something?” Or “How do I get the time to go forward?” These are things that a book may explain to you, but like learning a skill, you don’t really understand it until you do it.
Book information such as is found in Crush Step 3 CCS is helpful, but if you really want to crush it, you will need to actually do cases in real software that mimics the real test. At CCSCases.com, we have over a 100 cases that will effectively teach you how to do well on test day. CCSCases.com includes real software that closely mimics the real test; it includes 20,000 orders just like in the real test; it includes grading and feedback.
We feel that there is no substitute to adequately prepare for the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test other than doing cases on real software. We recommend that you give us a shot by going to our download page and downloading a free trial of our CCS Software. You can download it here.
Mapping CCS is another product on the market which is marketed to help prepare you for the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test. It is not a program. It is an “interactive” pdf. The question is on the real test day, are you going to be using an interactive pdf to take your test or are you going to be using a computer program?
Obviously the answer is that the CCS portion of the test is a computerized test and not an interactive pdf like in Mapping CCS. This does not mimic the realities of test day. There are a lot of things that this format will not prepare you for. Getting comfortable with the software is extremely important in your test preparation. It simply will not cut it to study from a pdf. At ccscases.com, we offer a fully developed program that mimics the real program that you will see on test day. You will be comfortable with how information is presented to you, how to order orders/medications, how to find important information, how to advance the clock, and how to search for the correct orders that you are looking for. Does the Mapping CCS product have 20,000 orders to choose from? Does the Mapping CCS grade you? Does it give you feedback depending on what you ordered? We are being rhetorical because the answer is no. CCSCases.com offers all of these things from a full set of orders, grading, feedback, clock advancement, and all the features that will be available on the real test on test-day. We also offer a one-time fee instead of a monthly fee which many of our customers really like.
We ask that you consider using our interactive computerized program for the PC/Mac. You can try it out free here.
Release of version 3.3.3!
We are happy to announce that after a long hard stretch, we have finished our new version. We originally thought we would release this beginning of October, but we are about 2 weeks behind. We have had a lot of feedback on features that you wanted us to implement. Most of the requested features had to do with sorting and playing different cases. We’re happy to say that most of what has been asked for has been implemented. Here is what’s new:
– The ability to mark a completed case as “not completed.” (People asked us to implement this for various reasons).
– The ability to mark a not-completed case as “completed.”
– The ability to mark a case as a “Review Later.”
– The ability to sort cases by Completed, Review Later, Time limit, Category, or case ID
– The ability to see the final diagnosis for each case
– The ability to override the “default” time limit of 10 minutes or 20 minutes (You can make a 20 minute case 10 minutes, and you can make a 10 minute case 20 minutes).
– Added a new case
– Minor bug fixes
Hope you enjoy the new version. Paid customers get free updates. You can download it here.