Firecracker for the Step 1

The final months before the Step 1 are critical study time, and question banks are essential. An AAMC study conducted in 2012 found that number of Q-Bank questions answered correlated to Step 1 score: a 1 point increase for per 200 questions. Most students will use more than one service in the final months of Step 1 preparation, here are four popular services - most students will use at least two, UWorld and one supplement:

  • Topics / Lectures
  • Flashcards for Retention
  • Q-bank Questions
  • Board Practice Exams
  • Aligned with School-Specific Curriculum
  • Individual Topic Quizzes
  • Post Exam Remediation
  • Real Time Peer Benchmarking
  • First Aid Citations
  • Pathoma Citations
  • Integrated Note Taking
  • Space-Based Repetition Algorithm
  • Progressive Application Algorithm
  • iPhone/Android Apps
  • Annual Cost
  • Monthly Cost
  • Firecracker
  • 3,500 topics covering the Step 1
  • 33,000
  • 1,200
  • 4
  • $200
  • $40
  • UWorld
  • 2,400
  • 2
  • $429
  • $169
  • Kaplan Step 1 High Yield + Q-bank
  • 55 hours of video
  • 2,000
  • 1
  • $799
  • N/A
  • USMLE Rx
  • 80 Hours of video + workbook
  • 10,000
  • 2,300
  • 2
  • $299
  • N/A

All Firecracker subscriptions include all the services listed above, and they can purchased for as little as one month at a time.

All memberships also include Dedicated Test Prep mode, which uses the Firecracker Q-Bank to focus study by topic and tracks mastery (preparedness) by topic. We tracked students who used Dedicated Test Prep mode in Firecracker during the final prep period of their Step 1 study last year and found a correlation between usage and better Step 1 outcomes. And, out Step 1 practice exam blocks were highly predictive of Step 1 scores: