We at ccscases.com do think that Crush Step 3 CCS is a good resource. It has good information on workups for chief complaints. However, no matter how much you study a book, you will not perform well unless you get comfortable and familiar with how the USMLE Step 3 CCS software works. We do not think that doing the 5 practice cases offered on the USMLE website is sufficient preparation to be prepared enough to do well on the test, even if your medical knowledge is solid. There is high anxiety on the test, so if you are not adequately familiar with the software, this could cause serious problems in your performance. Some cases are very short, and some people have complained of the software having lagging times between orders. You do not want to waste time saying “Oh…shoot, what’s that order called again…” Or “Umm…how do I order something?” Or “How do I get the time to go forward?” These are things that a book may explain to you, but like learning a skill, you don’t really understand it until you do it.
Book information such as is found in Crush Step 3 CCS is helpful, but if you really want to crush it, you will need to actually do cases in real software that mimics the real test. At CCSCases.com, we have 140 cases that will effectively teach you how to do well on test day. CCSCases.com includes real software that closely mimics the real test; it includes 20,000 orders just like in the real test; it includes grading and feedback.
We feel that there is no substitute to adequately prepare for the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test other than doing cases on real software. We recommend that you give us a shot by going to our download page and downloading a free trial of our CCS Software. You can download it here.