You will enter into a hall, they will take all of your materials, the first two steps are computer generated. When you apply for the test you will recieve a location of where the test stite is..
The first portion is Step 1, that is simply an assessment of your understanding of basic concepts of medicine as well the mechanism of health, disease and treatment protocol.
After each Step is completed it takes about 6 weeks for a transcript of your scores to be submitted to you.
Step 2 This assesses what you know about medicine; patient care in disease prevention, promoting health under supervision.
Step 3 This is the final testing. It evaluates the knowledge you have, in clinical settings and some in biomedical if I remember right. The emphasis here is care without supervision, your independence as a clinician in diagnosis and giving care.
This test is nerve racking no matter how smart you are, how much clinical experience you have. The majority is multiple choice and the answers can sometimes be tricky. Advise, don't fret it. You either pass or not. But do sleep well the night before, try not to drink a ton of coffee before the exam, or you'll be needing to use the bathroom and these are timed tests. Dependent on where you are in your medical schooling if you've not yet graduated, take advantage of the practice tests that are available at your Student Career Center. That will help you in the look and feel of the test itself as well as give you an idea of what sort of questions you'll be asked.
took the tests. now a practicing physician in Wisconsin.