SHELF EXAM TUTORING

Expert Tutors

Our tutors are passionate educators and scholastically accomplished med students, residents, and attendings averaging USMLE scores of 250 or higher.

Weekly 1:1 Meetings

On average, students meet with their tutors 1x/week during clerkships and 2x/week during their dedicated Step 2 CK study periods.

Curated Resources

We place a heightened emphasis on resource guidance for Step 2 CK, and will recommend the resources right for your specific needs.

Customized to You

Your Blueprint tutoring is all about you: from matching you with the perfect tutor to customizing your resources and working around your schedule, this is the most personalized way to prep for your Step 2 CK exam.

Comprehensive Qbank

Every Step 2 CK tutoring package also gives you access to our new Step 2 & Shelf Exams Qbank, which contains 1,500 practice questions written specifically for Step 2.

Online Study Planner

Easily access your sessions and assignments within our Med School Study Planner tool, where your personal tutor will manage, set, and optimize your tutoring plan for your busy schedule.

Expert Med School Tutors

Anyone can say they’re a tutor, but successful tutoring requires more than just high scores and content review. Our medical tutors undergo an extensive vetting and training process to ensure you receive the best, high-quality instruction. And all our tutors have previous teaching/tutoring experience before joining Blueprint.

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Pricing

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$299

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10 HOURS
$249/hr

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What’s included:

  • 1:1 tutoring hours
  • Lifetime access to our Med School Study Planner
  • 6 months of access to our Step 2 & Shelf Exams Qbank

Premium also includes:

  • Work with one of our premium tutors, who have the deepest experience and highest-rated feedback

Not sure how many hours you’ll need?

Schedule a free consultation with one of our tutoring experts to get a recommendation.

How It Works

  • Choose a tutoring package Request a free consultation with a knowledgeable Senior Advisor from our Student Success Team, who will discuss your specific needs and goals to determine the best tutoring program for you.
  • Tell us about yourself After enrolling, you will receive an email questionnaire from your Senior Advisor. Here you can provide more details about your background, goals, and preferred study style.
  • Match with an expert tutor Based on the information you provide, your dedicated Senior Advisor will carefully pair you with an expert med tutor within just 2-3 days.
  • Follow your custom study plan With our Study Planner tool, you can join tutoring sessions, see your customized study plan, and review session notes all in one place.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Speak with an enrollment advisor who can assess your needs and match you with the tutor who is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shelf exams are created and administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the very same organization which makes the USMLE. Shelf exams play a very crucial role in your major clinical grades, which will be a focus of residency programs reviewing your application. Even if you receive sterling reviews and comments from interns and attendings, you will not be able to earn high marks in each rotation without excelling on your Shelf exams. Most students take at least 4 NBME Shelf exams during their major clinical year: internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery. Some schools also require Shelf exams for family medicine, psychiatry, neurology, and emergency medicine. Shelf exams are administered on paper or online. They last for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and consist of 100 questions each. Scoring for each exam is on a scale of 0 – 100. Your score reports will include important information about your percentile rank in your school’s class as well as compared with test-takers nationally. Many residency programs will be especially interested in your Shelf exam score in the discipline you apply for.
At Blueprint, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to prepping for Shelf exams. Our tutors are trained to assess and cater to each student's unique study requirements. Instead of adhering to a rigid curriculum, our private tutors develop personalized plans tailored to individual needs. They can assist with specific sections, question types, or concepts, identify your strengths and weaknesses on the exam, create an effective study plan, and guide you in practicing with different problem sets.
We understand that sometimes students have specific preferences when it comes to choosing a tutor. If you have a specific tutor in mind, whether it's due to a recommendation from a friend or reading a positive review about a tutor's expertise, you can request to work with that tutor in your initial meeting with one of our dedicated Enrollment Advisors. This meeting is also a great opportunity to mention any other factors that may be important to you in finding your perfect tutor like time zone, specific content expertise, background, ESL experience, gender, and/or accommodations experience. Your Enrollment Advisor will make every effort to accommodate your request and pair you with your preferred MCAT tutor.

However, in the event that it is not feasible to match you with your requested tutor, please rest assured that we will still assign you a highly qualified Step 2 expert who possesses similar strengths and traits. All of our Med School tutors are extensively trained and experienced in Step 2 preparation, ensuring that they are fully equipped to help you achieve your goal score.
We have comprehensive policies in place to ensure a smooth and successful tutoring experience. To learn more about our tutoring policies, including information on homework, cancellations, code of conduct, and adding additional hours, we recommend reviewing our help article on Tutoring & Admissions Consulting Policies. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding our policies, feel free to reach out to our Student Success Team for assistance.
After you purchase, you will see a “Enter Study Planner” button on your Blueprint Account, which is where all your tutoring hours are housed.

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