Guarantee Your Future

Forget $400 Q-Banks. Forget archaic review books. Firecracker is the only validated way to improve your board score by 16 points while helping you with courses & clerkships… all in one package.

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Used by:

100% of US Med Schools

1/3 of First Year Students

More Than 25k US Med Students

The Results:

8M+ questions answered each month

Avg of 16 points higher on USMLE Step 1

Avg of 60 points higher on COMLEX Lvl1

How Firecracker Works: Supporting Each Phase of Learning


Tracking What You Learn In Class

As you learn new material in class, you'll mark the related material as learned inside of Firecracker. This allows us to track your progress toward both your courses and boards.


Ongoing Review for Retention

With knowledge of the above, Firecracker assigns you daily and weekly study tasks - prioritizing current class material & any weak areas – to ensure you don't forget anything.


Transition From Courses to Boards

When it’s time, Firecracker will transition your focus from courses to board prep, using diagnostic tests to identify knowledge gaps and a Q-Bank to get you thoroughly prepared.

Learn. All. The. Things.

Whether you want to use it as your only resource or as a complement to others you already own, Firecracker contains all of the content you need to ace your courses, pass your clerkships, and score high on your boards.

Additional Open Educational Resources

In addition to the premium content above which is manually authored, edited, and curated. Firecracker also dynamically pulls and integrates the most relevant open-source educational resources which students use, including YouTube videos, Wikipedia and PubMed articles, and UpToDate topics. These resources are selected using the US National Library of Medicine's database of official Medical Subject Headings in order to ensure accuracy, and are automatically associated with the relevant Firecracker concepts to masimize convenience. We don't care if we personally author or own it. If you use it, we want to include it in Firecracker.


After years of rigorous testing, thorough validation, and transparently published results, the fact is:

Firecracker significantly improves board & shelf scores.

Choose Your Own Path

Whether you want to use it as your only resource or as a complement to others you already own, Firecracker contains all of the content you need to ace your courses, pass your clerkships, and perform well on your boards.

Master Everything

We'd all like to perform as well as gunners, and with Firecracker, you can. Firecracker was designed to help you get ahead in your courses while simultaneously banking knowledge for your board exams. You'll get access to all of the concepts you'll be expected to master for your courses, clerkships, and board exams, but don't worry about having to manage your studying yourself. Firecracker's recommendation engine ensures that you're reviewing the right stuff, at the right time, and in the right way by prioritizing current course material and weak areas, while still ensuring that you keep all of that past learned content fresh in your mind.

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Focus on the Highest Yield Content

Although we believe that students are best served by mastering all of the content in Firecracker, we know that, for some students, that’s just not feasible. That’s why we created Firecracker High Yield. Recommended for those who want to slowly ramp up their Firecracker studying, may have fallen behind along the way, or are simply too busy to keep up, Firecracker High Yield is a great alternative to the traditional Firecracker experience.

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Cram for your Boards in the Final 4-8 Weeks

You only get a few weeks to prep for your board exams. Luckily, whether you're just starting Firecracker or have been using it for years, Firecracker contains a special Dedicated Test Prep (DTP) Mode designed to optimize your preparation during your final 4 to 8 weeks before your licensing board exams. During DTP Mode, Firecracker will use weekly practice exams, board-style clinical vignettes, and hyper focused remediation tasks to create a Mastery Scorecard which provides an accurate and real-time estimate of your knowledge across all subject areas in comparison to other students all over the country. Sound confusing? Just think UWorld... with brains. (Zing!)

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Have time while waiting on the bus? Want to get in some studying while running around the clinic?

Firecracker is entirely accessible on your phone, tablet, and even Apple Watch.

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Add Your Notes to Firecracker's Content

We understand that after lectures, labs, and personal study sessions, you've likely amassed a ton of meticulously (or sloppily) recorded notes. Very few things are as big of a pain as having to continually sort through those notes to find the material which matches what you're studying in one of your other study tools. We solve that issue by allowing you to directly integrate your notes in line with any of the study material you encounter during your Firecracker studies. Whether you're reading a topic summary or answering one of our many thousand review questions, you can select and attach a note (or collection of notes) to any Firecracker concept you want. Even more, when you encounter that concept again in the future, whether it's in a reading or question format, your note will be accessible.

Highlight to Your Heart's Content

Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence which says it doesn't work, highlighting just feels so damn good. And like you, we've been highlighting those little urgent bits in yellow since grade school. So what the hell? We added it anyway. Whenever you encounter material in Firecracker, whether it's in a reading or question format, you can select the text and highlight it in any of three colors: yellow, orange, and blue. Similar to notes, whenever you encounter that material again in the future, all of your highlights will be saved. And if you ever decide to trust those learning science experts and ditch highlights, you can undo them in the exact same way you added them.

Create a Study Group with Friends

Designed specifically to allow you to work alongside you friends and classmates, Firecracker Study Groups allow you to connect, study, and share motivation with one or a group of peers, all through a single in-app messaging interface. You can join and start your own Study Group (or Groups) at any time, directly within Firecracker, as well as invite fellow Firecracker users or non-users. In addition to allowing for in-app messaging, we'll soon be adding new features to Study Groups, allowing you to share notes, work through questions together, and keep track of one another's progress.

Set Question and Session Study Timers

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could set a timer to help pace yourself and keep track of exactly how much time you had spent - or had available - to study that day? What if you could set an amount of time you allot yourself for each individual review question to ensure you're not spending too much time obsessing over any single item? Well with Firecracker you can do both. The amount of time you set – either for a single study session or per question – is entirely up to you. For study sessions, you'll receive a summary of all of the work you completed once the timer runs out. For question timers, you can even choose to have a question automatically shuffled back into the deck if you don't answer it in time!

The only resource you'll need to ace your courses, boards, and wards.