Scoring for The USMLE Step 3 CCS

ccs cases scoring

Scoring for The USMLE Step 3 CCS

A common question asked is about the scoring for the USMLE Step 3 CCS. How is the CCS section scored? The USMLE states that the CCS portion will test competency in the following area: Diagnosis which includes History/Physical Exam, Laboratory/Diagnostic studies, Diagnosis, Prognosis/Outcome. It will also test Management which includes Health maintenance/Disease prevention, Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Interventions, and Mixed management. Communication and Professionalism are also tested.

Other things to be considered in the scoring for the USMLE Step 3 CCS:

The timing and sequencing of actions will affect your score. Actions that are potentially harmful will negatively affect your score. The USMLE states: “Seemingly correct management decisions made in a suboptimal or incorrect sequence or after a delay in simulated time may receive little or no credit.”

Normally diet orders and ambulation orders carry “little to no weight in scoring unless they are particularly relevant to the care such as a specific diet order for a patient with diabetes.”

Some cases you are scored based on NOT doing aggressive intervention. You will score high if you do a “wait and see” approach for these cases.

Location is important for scoring. It is important to not elevate to a higher level of care unless this is clinically warranted.

Diagnoses and reasons for consultations will NOT be used in scoring, so do not be overly concerned about this.

All of these scoring for the USMLE Step 3 CCS is built into We score each case based on the diagnostic orders, treatment, preventative care, location, and sequencing. This helps you get used to the things that you will be asked on test day and how to diagnose and treat commonly seen CCS cases.

You don’t have to take our word for it, you can check it out for yourself. You can download our free demo with 2 fully functional cases here.

Step 3 CCS Practice – Practice with a simulator almost identical to the real test

Like we’ve said on other posts, the best way to prepare for the step 3 test is not to read about cases, it’s about practicing cases. Our Step 3 CCS Practice program includes 100 cases you can practice with. People learn by doing and not by just reading. To give an analogy, if you’re a basketball player, and you are worried about performing well on a game, do you watch videos of professional athletes playing basketball? Do you read about the best techniques for making free throws? No, you get out there and start shooting the ball.

Our Step 3 CCS Practice program is just that. It’s like shooting the ball for the big game day which is the USMLE Step 3. The program is nearly identical to the real day. Seriously, why practice with a program like Uworld which is different than the real test? This doesn’t make sense. That’s like practicing on a 7 foot basketball hoop, then playing on the real day with a 10 foot basketball hoop. Yes, the practicing on the 7 foot hoop is probably better than nothing, but you need to make serious adjustments on game day.

Try our Step 3 CCS Practice

CCS Cases Step 3 CCS Practice has the entire order set (over 20,000 orders), it has grading, it has feedback, it has cases that you will see on the real day. It is as close to the real practice test than actually taking the test. The beautiful thing about the Step 3 CCS Practice is that you can learn from your mistakes prior to exam day with our grading and feedback. You don’t have to wonder if you performed well like in the Uworld CCS Cases; you’ll be given a percentage score and then the grading breakdown.

Go ahead and take a look and download our Step 3 CCS Practice Material here.

We also recommend taking a look at the practice material for the CCS test here.

Step by Step Approach to the CCS Cases

The disadvantage of other USMLE Step 3 CCS case study helps is that they don’t give you a step by step approach to the CCS cases. Most study material are books which give a vague idea of what needs to be done, but it doesn’t go through a step by step approach to the CCS cases. Our program does exactly that. It will grade all of your orders and give you suggestions on how to improve your score  so that you will be prepared on test day on what to order and how to manage the patient on the CCS portion of the USMLE Step 3.

Here at CCSCases, we are striving to create the ultimate step by step approach to the CCS Cases in which we will show you exactly how to perform well on the real test day. We don’t tell you; we show you. We show you through our grading system which other products do not offer. We are constantly making improvements to our grading system and software so that you have the most up-to-date software to help you master the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the exam. This portion for many students can be the difference between a pass rate and a fail rate which is why we offer our step by step approach to the CCS cases.

We invite to compare our product to the other products on the market. We priced our product so that we could offer a good value to our customer. There are 100 cases and no monthly fees.

We recommend that you try our free 2 cases which are fully functional and see if you like our new way of studying for the CCS portion of the exam. Please go to our download page here and download it and check it out for yourself.

MTB USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases

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.


How to Study for the USMLE Step 3

How to Study for the USMLE Step 3

There are a lot of differing opinions on answer the question of how to study for the USMLE Step 3 exam. There are a plethora of materials that you can use from First Aid to UWorld Qbanks, Kaplan, and more. We will let you decide on what options that you feel is the best for the multiple choice portion of the test. We specialize in the CCS portion of the test.

We feel that our product answers the question on how to study for the USMLE Step 3. Our product cover 100 cases that are commonly seen on the USMLE Step 3 test. Each case feels just like the real program. It 20,000 orders that you will see on the real test day, and it operates just like on test day. This way you will not need to keep reminding yourself that “this will be different on test day.”

After each case, you will get feedback on what you did right and what things you could have done better in the case. This will help you in focusing on improving the things that need to be improved to score well on test day. It will also help you to develop that muscle memory to do the common things that most all cases require such as getting commonly ordered labwork like CMP, CBC, etc. It will get you in the rhythm of diagnosis and treatment and preventative care which will improve your performance on the CCS portion of the USMLE Step 3.

We think you will really like it. We ask you to just try it yourself before you make up your mind. You can go to our download page here and try out 2 free cases. No sign ups required; no obligations. You just download and see for yourself.


USMLE Step 3 CCS Mnemonics

USMLE Step 3 CCS Mnemonics

USMLE Step 3 CCS Mnemonics 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

Crush Step 3 CCS

Crush Step 3 CCS

We at 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, we have over a 100 cases that will effectively teach you how to do well on test day. 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

Mapping CCS

Mapping CCS

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, 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. 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.

CCS Workshop

CCS Workshop, Study for the CCS portion of the test with 100 cases.

CCS Workshop

CCS Workshop

Are you looking for a CCS Workshop? Well, look no further, for is actually a workshop. You learn by working real CCS cases; there isn’t a lecture component. You go through each ccs case like you would on the real test day, with all the same orders and the same layout. That way you can learn how to read, process, analyze, and treat the most commonly seen cases for the CCS portion of the USMLE Step 3.

You can compare us to other CCS workshops, and you will find that we offer a great value for your money. It is a one-time fee with no monthly fees, and you get 100 cases to practice on. We would ask that you try out our CCS Workshop before buying it buy trying out our trial version which you can access here. You can try out two free cases with no obligation. You will find that there is actually grading and feedback which other CCS programs do not offer. It will guide you in things that you missed, things that you could improve on, and preventative care that you could order to maximize your score on test day.

If there is any doubt about our product, go ahead and try it out before you make a decision. We feel that preparing for the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test can be done effectively through actually practicing real cases, and this will also maximize your test score and limit the amount of time that you will have to study for the CCS portion of the test. The CCS portion has been estimated to be worth about a 1/3 of your total grade, so it would be wise to not ignore this important part of step 3. We ask that you try out our CCS Workshop to help improve your performance on the CCS case portion of the exam.

Release of version 3.3.3!

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.