The question “can there be a network lag or slow-down on the real test?” is a common question that we are asked. Many are rightly worried that the real test will have a network lag, slow-down, internet lag which will adversely effect their performance. The sad truth is that the answer to this question is yes. There is a possibility that you can have a network lag, an internet lag, or a slow-down during the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of your test. This has been reported which it occurs during order confirmations. We actually have been criticized that our software was too fast compared to the real test day. The network lag depends on your testing location internet speed and the connection to the NBME which uploads the cases and test.
This is why we offer the feature of “Simulate Network Lag” to help those who are worried about lack of time adversely affecting their performance on test day. You select how much lag time you’d like to practice with, and it will simulate what a network lag would feel like on test day. The default is to have this network lag off. You can select a 1 second, 2 second, 3 second, 4 second, 5 second, or 6 second network lag.
We ask that you download our trial version, and you can try this feature out. You can download the trial version here.
So there you have it; give us feedback on our answer of ” Can there be a network lag or slow-down on the real test?” Take a test drive with our program and let us know what you think.