Release of version 4.0.0

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.

What can you expect on test day for the CCS portion of the test?

Student studying for USMLE Step 3 CCS portion

What can you expect on test day for the CCS portion of the test?

Many people are naturally concerned and ask us the question “What can you expect on test day for the CCS portion of the test?” You will be taking your test in a testing center. Typically, each testing center is a carefully monitored room with a bunch of computers divided by cubicles. You will have to empty your pockets and store your things in a locker prior to entering the test room. You can only keep your photo ID in your pocket. You will have to have your finger-print scanned each time you enter and each time you exit the testing room.

You will be given a laminated card with a dry-erase marker and an eraser to allow you to take notes. The room is monitored at all times and there are cameras recording everyone in the room. Big Brother really is watching you during your CCS test day. People have stated that the testing room does vary in temperature and can be either too warm or too hot, so dress accordingly. Test takers have also noted that the quickness of the Internet connection does vary dramatically from testing center to testing center. This can affect your score if you are slowed down by loading delays.

There are 13 cases on the CCS portion of the test. You will be given either 20 minutes of real time or 10 minutes of real time to complete the case. We recommend that you try our software to get used to having time limits on your cases.

If you really want to answer the question of: What can you expect on test day for the CCS portion of the test?, then you should download our free trial of our product. Our program is nearly identical to what you will see on the real test-day. You can download our product here.

Happy studying!

Step 3 Format

Step 3 Format

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 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.


Release of 3.3.4

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.

USMLE Step 3

Everyone knows that the USMLE Step 3 consists of two parts: the multiple choice question section and the CCS (Computer-based case simulation). The CCS test is difficult to study for because it’s essentially an open book; there is no multiple choice. You need to logically think through each case and decide which tests to order and which treatment to administer. It can especially be challenging for foreign medical graduates (FMG). The issue with our competitors is that they do not offer interactive feedback on what was done right and what was done incorrectly. Our USMLE Step 3 CCS computer simulator offers interactive feedback after each case and tells you what you should do and should not do. It will help you prepare for the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the exam.

Better than the other USMLE Step 3 Products

There are hundreds of other USMLE Step 3 products that state that they can help you prepare for the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the exam. However, our product is one of the only ones that is an interactive computer based software that provided grading and has more than just 51 cases. It has 100 cases, all with feedback and grading to help you prepare for the real test.

Try our USMLE Step 3 Product

We offer 2 free fully functional cases to try on your own. You can access these at our Try-It and Downloads page located here. We would welcome your feedback in regarding to this, but we are sure that it will be very helpful in your preparations for the CCS portion of the exam. You can contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns regarding our products. Our contact information is located here. You can also take a look at our Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ page)

Preparing for the USMLE Step 3 CCS

How do I prepare for the USMLE Step 3 CCS?

Many students struggle with the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test. Preparing for the USMLE Step 3 CCS can be challenging because this is not a multiple choice question. It is like an essay test with a question at the top of a blank piece of paper. This makes preparing for the USMLE Step 3 CCS a difficult proposition for students who are used to just doing multiple choice questions. This is quite the paradigm shift for a lot of students. The most importance piece of advice that can be given for preparing for the USMLE Step 3 CCS is to practice until you are very familiar with the software, very familiar with the format, and very familiar with how to treat the most commonly seen CCS Cases given.

Preparing for the USMLE Step 3 CCS

In order to help those who struggle with the step 3 portion, we have created This is an interactive software program for the PC or MAC which allows you to practice cases just like in the real test. Many students have found that studying for the CCS with books and written materials is not sufficient to score well on the test day. Practice with actual software that mimics the real test environment, so you can learn to perform at your best on test day. Try our product free before you purchase.

If you would like to try out our product without any strings attached, go to our download page here and download our trial version which shows exactly what you will be getting if you do decide to purchase. If you do decide that you would like to purchase to help you in your ccs studies, you can do so here.