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Help Which of these two plans should I go with?

Please help me decide the best plan out of these two and also help me correct them (timeline, time period scheduled, etc.). I'm a fresh graduate who passed with a very average score and I'm planning to start reading properly in a couple of days.

Plan 1:
Nov 9 - May 15 : Step 1 Prep (6 months)
May 16 : Step 1 Exam
May 17 - Oct 16 : Step 2 CK Prep (5 months)
Oct 17 : Step 2 CK Exam & Visa Application
Oct End : Apply for ECFMG Certification
Dec - Feb : USCE (Externship) for LOR
Mar - May : Step 2 CS & Step 3 Prep + Exams
Jun - Aug : USCE (Externship) for LOR
Sep - Jan : Interviews
Mar '14 : Match

Plan 2:
Nov 9 - May 15 : Step 1 Prep (6 months)
May 16 : Step 1 Exam
May 17 - Oct 16 : Step 2 CK Prep (5 months)
Oct 17 : Step 2 CK Exam & Visa Application
Nov End : Step 2 CS
Dec - Feb : USCE (Externship) for LOR
Mar - May : Step 3 Prep + Exams
Jun - Aug : USCE (Externship) for LOR
Sep - Jan : Interviews
Mar '14 : Match

Basically, my question is: Is it better to take Step 2 CS one moth after CK when the theory knowledge is fresh in your memory OR is it better to take it after a few months of externship/observership even though it would be 4-5 months after you have read for CK? (Question 1)

Secondly, is the time period I have scheduled for each step enough given that I was a pretty average student in college and hardly remember any of my pre-clinical basics now? (Question 2)

Thirdly, is my schedule good enough for backups in case of mishaps like a Visa rejection or a CS failure (God forbid) and also for the normal time it takes time for things to happen, like results, ecfmg certification, etc.? (Question 3)

Finally, once I have scheduled the 1, CK and CS, what is the maximum time can I postpone the dates for each? I mean, how many months can I postpone the step 1, ck and cs dates MAXIMUM and how many TIMES can I postpone each of them? (Question 4)

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One more! Is it ok to get ACLS & PALS certification done in my home country or online OR is it better to do it in US in between one of the externships? (Question 5)
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it is better to take CS early just in case you didn't make first time then you have time before the match to reapply.

6 months for step 1 is quite enough, make sure you solve as much mcqs as you can.

Regarding postponing the exams, each year there is a new policy, please review the 2012 USMLE guide on their website.

Please email me for any further questions regarding observerships and match.

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