A High Score on any USMLE Does Not Require


    I scored a 271 on Step 2 CK(99th Percentile) and a 260 on Step 1(96th Percentile), scored in the 94th and 98th percentile on UWorld First Pass for Step 2 CK and Step 1, and I am not a genius, and you don't need to be one either to crush the Steps.


    As Step scores become increasingly important in the residency selection process, there is a cottage industry churning out tomes of material for Step 1 and Step 2 CK every day. Learn about the innovative study strategies that we use to identify only the relevant material - everything you need and nothing you don't.


    You will never know the answer to every question on Step 1 and Step 2 CK, even if you did every single resource and revised it multiple times. However, there is a way to solve questions without always knowing the exact answers...

Test Taking Skills on Steroids

The secret to 260s and 270s

Many people wonder how I was able to get 93% of Questions correct on my first pass of UWorld for Step 1. Did I know the answer to all of the questions I got correct... Hell No! I have a solid foundation of high yield material but when in doubt, or when I was stuck solving a question confused between multiple choices, I would rely on my Test-Taking Skills. This made me get questions correct consistently over and over again during Step 1 and Step 2 CK preparation.

Score High on Step 2 CK

Not just Step 1

As you can see on my first pass of UWorld Step 2 CK, I scored in the 94th percentile and got 85% Questions correct. However, I did not know the exact answer to over 50% of the questions on UWorld. I again have a good Step 1 foundation, but my Test-Taking Skills help me achieve outstanding scores by helping me see patterns and rule out all incorrect options.

Xponential Advantage

Supercharge your Test Taking Skills

If you learn theory, your score will grow slowly and linearly. However, if you also master test-taking skills, you will improve your performance on every question on the test, and your USMLE score will grow Exponentially. Our program has been created after multiple refinements over 21000+ USMLE questions to teach you a system that works flawlessly with every single question.

Average Score Improvement

From the most recent NBME prior to taking the course

  • USMLE Step 1

    31 Points

  • USMLE Step 2 CK

    29 Points

The DD Algorithm

Never be confused, afraid or get stuck with a question and have Massive Confidence in your test

Imagine being stuck in a jungle and not knowing where you are. How hard would it be to escape the jungle? What if, out of nowhere, you were given a map that tells you the exact path out of the jungle. Wouldn't that be lifesaving!

If you ever get confused between multiple answer choices, stuck between 2 answers in the end, or ever doubt yourself, The DD Algorithm will always guide you like a map towards the correct answer, be it any question.  It is also designed to prevent under and overthinking(2nd guessing) that always deviate from the correct option.

Question Based Learning

Questions are the Answers

Vague focus leads to vague results. Many people have no idea about what to focus on when they are reviewing a question explanation. Not only that, they focus on the wrong details, and that results in bad learning. The DD Algorithm guides you when you are learning from a question bank. It gets rid of all the vagueness from the learning process so that you can have amazing micro and macro focus, learning, and results.

Elimination Blueprint 2.0

Get to the Correct Answer without always knowing it

What if you could take out at least 4-5 options per question on your USMLE exams? Imagine how easy your exams would be now!

Well, this can be easily achieved using a process called elimination. So, Elimination is the process of ruling out options so you can come to the answer even when you don't know it exactly. This is the SUPERPOWER that all test takers with 250s, 260s, and 270s have, and now you too can master it to rock your exams with Elimination Blueprint 2.0

Tactical Empathy

Your Immunity to Question Writing Variability

Due to variations in the writing style of questions, a lot of students get questions incorrect. To tackle this issue, we introduce tactical empathy, a tool to calibrate immediately to every question writer's writing style, for greater consistency in getting questions correct.

2X Your Reading Speed

So you solve questions faster

Gain the massive advantage of having extra time on your test so you can focus more on every question, make fewer errors and get more questions correct using Pacing and Indentation, a technique that can 2X your reading speed in just a few days.

USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Prep Guide


Learn about the Best Resources, Qbanks, and Practice tests for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK.

Course curriculum

Duration 8 Hours - 75 Lessons

  1. 3
    • Xponential Mindset

  2. 4
    • Pacing and Indentation

    • Pacing and Indentation - Discussion

  3. 5
    • Understanding and Using Tactical Empathy

  4. 6
    • Key and Best Possible Choice

  5. 7
  6. 8
    • What is Elimination?

    • Pattern Recognition

    • How to Proceed with Elimination Blueprint 2.0

    • Age and Anthropomorphization

    • Elimination Age - Examples

    • Gender

    • Elimination Gender - Example 1

    • Elimination Gender - Example 2

    • Ethnicity

    • Elimination Ethnicity - Examples

    • Inflammation

    • Elimination Inflammation - Example 1

    • Elimination Inflammation - Example 2

    • Tumors

    • Elimination Tumors - Example 1

    • Elimination Tumors - Example 2

    • Presentation

    • Elimination Presentation - Example 1

    • Elimination Presentation - Example 2

    • Side

    • Elimination Side - Examples

    • Location

    • Elimination Location - Example 1

    • Elimination Location - Example 2

    • Normal

    • Elimination Normal - Example 1

    • Elimination Normal - Example 2

    • Elimination Normal - Example 3

    • Contraindications

    • Elimination Contraindications - Examples

    • SOP

    • Elimination SOP - Example 1

    • Elimination SOP - Example 2

    • Elimination SOP - Example 3

    • Rule of Extremes

    • Rule of Extremes - Examples

  7. 9
  8. 10
    • USMLE Step 2CK - Question Pattern

    • USMLE Step 2CK - Best Resources and Qbanks

    • USMLE Step 2CK - Practice Tests

Xponential Stories

Learner stories from around the world

Got a 266 on Step 1

by M.K.

I have gotten at least 10 times the value from Manik's Xponential Advantage compared to what my previous tutors for step 1 gave me. I scored a NBME 21 score of 247, and after taking this course, in 2 months, I got a 268 on NBME 24. It changed the way I learned from First Aid and UWorld and also made doing questions very easy. Test-taking skills are essential for the steps, and this course gives you a great review of them. Kudos to you for providing such a great system

Got a 254 on Step 1

by D.P.

I was curious and skeptical about this course when I saw it. I had been struggling with question-solving a lot before this. However, this program greatly impacted my NBME scores and gave me 36 point boost to a score of 254 on Step 1. The stuff about DD Algorithm and Elimination Blueprint is just superb.

Got a 263 on Step 2 CK

by S.W.

I couldn't have done this without Manik Madaan. I increased my Step 2 score by 42 points compared to my Step 1 score, and I can't believe this. It required a lot of hard work, my utter devotion, and the right strategy and tactics Xponential Advantage delivered on! Needless to say, I am delighted with the results.

Got a 267 on Step 2 CK

by A.D.

I am very interested in doing Dermatology. However, my step 1 score was pretty average. I was so afraid when I was preparing for Step 2CK. My NBME 7 score was about 240, which was low. Then I saw Manik's first youtube video about How he scored a 260 on Step 1, which was very helpful. I immediately signed up for this program when I heard about it. I got a 26 point increase in my score within a month on my last NBME. The best part is I wasn't at all nervous in my exam after this. I can't recommend Xponential Advantage enough.

Got 250+ on Step 1

by G.B.

I was preparing for about 5 months with UFAPS(UWorld, First aid, Pathoma, Sketchy. I was scoring okay on my NBMES, like 226. One day I was going through youtube, and I found Manik Madaan's Youtube Channel. I was impressed by the way he solved questions using Elimination and was surprised. So I contacted him via email and asked for his help. He agreed to tutor me and teach elimination to me and his whole method. It was hard using it at first, but within a month, my score jumped by about 23 points on NBMES. Then I wrote my step 1 in August, which I crushed thanks to Manik.

Got a 258 on Step 1

by M.S.

Manik helped me see the extraordinary in me. I used to hate doing Step 1 questions as I hated when I got them wrong so many times, and I was not improving. His Xponential advantage made me love doing questions as now I had a proper system and the right tools for solving questions and learning from them. Thank You


Manik Madaan

Scored a 271 on USMLE Step 2 CK(2021) and a 260 on USMLE Step 1(2020).

He has tutored over 100+ students. Xponential Advantage has been refined over 21000+ Questions for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK from QBanks such as UWorld, USMLERx, Amboss and Kaplan.

What you will discover inside

A System that works with both Step 1 and Step 2 CK

  • The DD Algorithm: Never be lost solving a USMLE question with your map

  • Question Based Learning: The most effective way to learn from all Step 1 and Step 2 CK Resources by using the DD Algorithm

  • Elimination Blueprint 2.0: Learn the effortless way of solving USMLE questions without always knowing the answers using Elimination

  • Clue and Pattern Recognition Mastery

  • Tactical Empathy: Never be affected by Question Writing Variability

  • USMLE Mentoring for Step 1 and Step 2 CK

The Xponential Promise

100% Satisfaction Guarantee - Money-Back Promise


I want the investment in this course to be an absolute no-brainer for you. So, if you watch the video lessons, and still don’t find the course useful, drop us an email and we'll happily refund your full payment within 3 days of purchase. Pretty much no one does as they all (thankfully!) find the course useful but the guarantee is there for your peace of mind.