Exam Preparation

Library of the Health Sciences


BoardVitals offers customizable study banks for both the Shelf and Step exams.

Students are required to self-register for a BoardVitals account to access the SMHS Library Resources subscription.

1. Go to https://www.boardvitals.com/users/sign_up?o=b288b083237e5102d8e7847fb8d905dd. This URL is unique to our subscription registration, so you must use this address to register for your account. You will be able to login from the main site after the initial registration.

2. Enter your information as appropriate. You must use your UND email address (usually first.last@und.edu) or your account registration will be denied.

3. Read the Terms and Conditions. Agree by checking the box.

4. Click “Register” to send the request for account setup.

5. After registering, you should receive an email asking you to verify your account. You will not be able to access your question banks until your account is verified.

6. You will then be able to access your account resources by clicking “My Dashboard” in the top right corner of the screen.

Go to Exam Master from the library website (or click on this link). You will need to register for a free personal account in order to use this resource. Click "Create Exams" on the left navigational pane.


  • Take premade USMLE Step 1 and/or Step 2 practice exams.
  • Custom-build practice exams with subject-specific question banks.
  • Flag or annotate questions for further review. 
  • Build flashcards.


Go to AccessMedicine from the library website. Click the Study Tools heading at the top of the screen. Select Clerkship Topics to access the listed topics in multiple ebooks contained in AccessMedicine. Some ebooks will also include review questions. Select Review Questions to take practice quizzes. You will need a free personal account to take create and complete customized quizzes. Available to current UND students, faculty, and staff only.

Go to LWW Health Library from the library website and click Texts to view General Refrence / Exam Prep materials. Or follow the links below to view specific texts.

Step-Up to USMLE Step 2 CK

Boards and Wards for USMLE Step 2

Step-Up to USMLE Step 3

LWW Health Library, BoardVitals, USMLE First Aid Cluster eBooks, and Access Medicine all have review question banks to help you study for the Shelf and Step exams. 



LWW Health Library - Clerkship/Clinical Rotations collections contains both texts and practice quizes to help you prepare for Shelf exams. Follow these steps to utilize the Self Assessment section of this resource.

  1. To begin, click Self Assessment from the horizontal menu at the top of the homepage.
  2. Before you can access and customize quizzes, Create a Free Personal Account.
    *You may use any email address and password that you will remember. Your Personal Account is already affiliated with our UND SMHS subscription because you access LWW Health from our website.
  3. Click on the rotation in which you are interested.
  4. Start Quiz to complete all question for that rotation, or click on a sub-topic to access the relevant questions. For example, click Cardiology to access the 194 question related to that topic.
  5. After selecting the block of questions, you can further customize your quiz – number of questions, time allotted for each question, and areas for focus.

If you have any questions about using LWW Health Library – Clerkship/Clinical Rotations, Ask a Librarian.

Online resources available to anyone