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Exam Master: Exam Master Basics

This LibGuide has detailed information about the Exam Master database

Types of Exams in Exam Master

There are four different exam format options:

New Exam > Custom Exam. Build your own exam by selecting the product (like USMLE Step 1, etc.), topic, subject, category, and subcategory and number of questions to tailor exam to your specific needs

New Exam > Wordsearch Exam. Provides the opportunity to choose exam questions based on words or phrases found in questions, answers, and explanations.

New Exam  > Outline Search Exam. Searches by subject and category groups to which questions are assigned. e.g. "infectious diseases".

New Practice Exam. Automatically creates a test for the selected product (USMLE Step 1, etc.) for quick study and review.

  • Exam Blocks include up to 150 questions (if available). Default is 50
  • Timing minutes begin counting upon entry to Test or Study mode
  • Each Exam Block is limited to 60 days, starting from first access to Test or Study mode
  • Both Test and Study mode can be Paused for later access
  • Questions are not repeated in exam blocks except within Word Search Exams as an option


There are two different modes to work with these created exams: Test Mode and Study Mode

Test. Simulated test conditions. Answers and explanations are provided when you are done taking the test. Each created test can be taken two times (It’s recommended that the first is used as a pretest; after study, the other try can be used as a posttest). In this mode, you are able to mark questions to come back to. Images, cases, and tables will be present when available. In test mode, the time allotted for the exam is 1.2 minutes/question (this can be changed in My Account). In Test Mode, the time allotted for the exam is 5 minutes/question.

Note: Up-to-date versions of Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox are requiered to access faculty-assigned exams.

Study. Provides answers and explanations as you answer questions. Some additional features in Study Mode are flashcards, score, and help topics. When you are taking the exam, do not use your browser’s back or forward buttons. By doing this, you answers may be changed. Move through the exam using the EM options from the top of the exam page. In Study Mode, the time allotted for the exam is 10 minutes/question.