Best USMLE Books* on the Net

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USMLE Books: Step 1, 2 and 3

USMLE Books relies on medical students, med-school advisors, online discussion groups and students who have taken the test to determine which books would be the most useful to medical students. All our recommended USMLE books have among the best ratings on In addition to the study guides we recommend to you, please consider visiting the official website for the USMLE Test.

There are several highly rated USMLE books (Step 1, 2 and 3) including: USMLE Secrets Series, Kaplan or Lippincott's Reviews and Appleton and Lange's Review. In addition, some students have also found First Aid and NMS most useful for Step 1 and the Blueprints Series most useful for Step 2. Depending on your personality, you may find interactive software to be helpful.

The best study guides are reviewed under Best USMLE Step 1 Books, Best USMLE Step 2 Books, and Best USMLE Step 3 Books found above and below. To quickly order these books, you can purchase the best USMLE books through (very reliable; direct links above and at the bottom of this page).

Best USMLE Step 1 Books

Best USMLE Step 2 Books

Best USMLE Step 3 Books


Of course it is very important to visit the official website of the USMLE (mentioned above) to download the sample test materials which are free. Many of the books mentioned above also have mini-tests. A particularly realistic simulation is Step 2 Mock Exam (Brochert).

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