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Default Finish up with Qbank or UW?

I searched the forum but don't think anyone asked this specific question. I have about2 weeks until test date, and am only 20% done with UW, and 90% done with Kaplan Qbank. My question is, UW expires in 2 days, should I renew and try to finish more, or should I just finish Kaplan, do a couple more NBMEs and read FA until test day, or what combination do you think is best?
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UW is the Qbank that's going to give you the best knowledge along with FA.
Definately you have to extend your UW and postpone your exam. Is a good advice, trust me UW is very important. I still have 32% left and every day I learn a lot of new stuff.
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One of my friends gave step 1 last month she got a 95 and she sd that ALOT of the questions were the same concepts that were tested from uworld...my advice is that u complete uworld and make sure u understand the explanations thoroughly...and of course FA is a must.

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UW hands down is as similar as can come to the Step. You have to have at least 100% of UW, pref done at least twice, done before writing the Step. The format and concepts are VERY similar to the format and concepts of the Step.

Unless things changed since the beginning of the month, that's what I would do. QBank is good, but UW + FA is the key. Memorize FA, know FA, understand FA and know each and every answer (and understand why you got things wrong) is the key.

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I will take your advice and extend UW for another 2 weeks and try to get as much done as possible. My original goal was to be done with UW by now, but this past month classes got so busy (pretty much 8-9 hours each day) that I was barely able to get any studying done. I am done with classes and can fully dedicate the next 2 weeks fully to studying. I spoke with my advisor and if I absolutely need to I can delay until July 16, but that would require some paperwork so we'll see. I am pretty tired of studying and would love to take it as early as possible. Here are my scores so far:
4/11 NBME 6 370/191
6/5 NBME 5 450/210
6/20 (today) UWSA 1 550/230

My initial goal was 250, but I feel like I am forgetting things so don't know if that's possible anymore...
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I will take your advice and extend UW for another 2 weeks and try to get as much done as possible. My original goal was to be done with UW by now, but this past month classes got so busy (pretty much 8-9 hours each day) that I was barely able to get any studying done. I am done with classes and can fully dedicate the next 2 weeks fully to studying. I spoke with my advisor and if I absolutely need to I can delay until July 16, but that would require some paperwork so we'll see. I am pretty tired of studying and would love to take it as early as possible. Here are my scores so far:
4/11 NBME 6 370/191
6/5 NBME 5 450/210
6/20 (today) UWSA 1 550/230

My initial goal was 250, but I feel like I am forgetting things so don't know if that's possible anymore...
Yea, Im pretty sure you feel saturated by now.. try and finish up whatever you have done.. and go take the step with confidence!

Recently people have said Qbank is similiar to the Step, so dont worry!



I would suggest doing NBME 7 though, just to be on the safe side and making sure you reach 210.
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Yea, Im pretty sure you feel saturated by now.. try and finish up whatever you have done.. and go take the step with confidence!

Recently people have said Qbank is similiar to the Step, so dont worry!



I would suggest doing NBME 7 though, just to be on the safe side and making sure you reach 210.
That scared the crap out of me...definitely want to make much higher than 210 to match in a competitive surgical specialty. Off to go study my butt off, no more feeling saturated!!!
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That scared the crap out of me...definitely want to make much higher than 210 to match in a competitive surgical specialty. Off to go study my butt off, no more feeling saturated!!!
Didnt mean to scare you, that's what the kaplan people say you need to know if your 'ready' to take the exam. I think they say that because +/-1 SD, you'd still pass, or even get a good score..
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