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Greetings!

I got my score a couple of hours ago and it's 240. Im glad.

I'm writing down my experience in a short summary. Will not write a book about it. You guys can ask specific questions and I shall answer accordingly.

First things first, the Step 1 is all about concepts and endurance. The game pretty much revolves around it. The idea is to keep walking and you shall get to your goal, no matter what your med school grades are and what your intellect is.

It took me 9 months in all. Didn't study for 40 days for personal reasons.
I did 2 reads of Kaplan for all subjects except for Pathology for which I opted for Pathoma. It took me around 5 months to get done with the videos and lecture notes. During my second read of Kaplan, I would super impose it with First Aid and Usmle RX just to reinforce my concepts.

Once I got done with 2 reads of kaplan + FA + approx 1200 questions of Rx, I subscribed to Kaplan Q bank. I attempted this timed and managed to do 1400 questions in about 12 days.

Next I came onto Uworld. I did this random, timed, approx 2 blocks per day. This is the most important tool in your prep. I started annotating my FA with Uworld content ONLY. Do NOT write stuff from Kaplan Qbank or Rx on your FA. You may keep a separate notebook for that. The reason for this is because you eventually run out of writing space in FA, so I reserved that for UW content only. Grill Uworld explanations. Contemplate on them. You must make yourself comfortable with every concept presented in Uworld.

Once done with Uworld, I gave FA another read, cover to cover in 15 days. After getting done with this, I went In the NBME mode and would give one every 10 days approx. I gave all NBME's online. They are worth the money. Also, one of the most important things I did was for my last 2 NBME's was to combine a UWSA with it. Remember, familiarity breads calm. It is important to test yourself under stressful conditions and so I simulated the exam as close as I could. NBME + UWSA makes 8 blocks. The actual exam is 7 blocks - I know it's an extra block but it really brings out the metal in you and prepares you for the big day. This has to be one of the best things I did in my prep.

My scores were

Nbme 11 - 237 - 40 days out
Nbme 12 - 234 - 30 days out
Nbme 15 - 237 - 20 days out
Nbme 16 - 243 - 15 days out
UWSA 1 - 260 - 15 days out
Nbme 13- 247 - 7 days out
UWSA 2 - 260 - 7 days out

Real deal - 240

In the last week I gave a power read of FA. Focused on weak areas, reviewed the repetitive mistakes i did in Uworld and NBMEs. On the second last day I did some light reading, equations etc. Last day I didnt touch the books. Relaxed. Watched the sun rise and set. Went to be at 10 pm. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed.

Went to the test center an hour before starting time. My test started and it took me at least 10 questions to realize that this was it - I was actually attempting this monster. Surprisingly I was calm, and this was inturn worrying me lol. My first 2 blocks went smooth. Third block and beyond were absolute mayhem and finally the panic set it. I had atleast 5 minutes to spare for each block except for one of them. I walked out of the exam devastated. I felt that I had wasted my time, money and energy on this exam - that or either I was plain dumb. I made a dozen of foolish mistakes in the heat of the moment which I realized as I was walking out of the hall.

I am not allowed to give you the specific details, but the questions are nothing like the NBMEs or the Uworld. So I'd suggest we stop finding solace in that (But then again this is just my opinion and you may hear other people comment differently) This is how I felt keeping in mind that I did over 6,200 questions for this exam. The question stems are long and the time is short. If there is anything out there that is remotely close to the question style of the actual paper it is the NBME 16. If you are comfortable with such questions, you'd get a good score.

Summing up. The exam is a beast, but doable. It's an exam of concepts and endurance and little bit of memory - a little bit. I can't stress enough on doing as many questions as you can. Uworld is undoubted the champion, I dont deny that but the other question banks are NOT rubbish either. Kaplan Q bank is great in some domains especially for Genetics, Biostats and Neurology. Usmle Rx has some great questions on Renal physio and path. So every bank has it's strengths and weaknesses. Do all your NBMEs online and I'd suggest you give your NBME 16 atleast 20 days before your actual exam so you can learn from it! Simulating exam conditions is key. I have a lot of things to write and advise on but I do not want to write a book on my experience - I know that I've already written alot lol.

Feel free to specific questions and I'll be glad to answer them.

Remember two words, concepts and endurance. Good luck!

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If the exam is not anything like nbmes wud u still say nbmes can predict our score well for the main exam?
And if one understands all the concepts from uworld n kaplan notes well,wud that be enough to answer the concept based questions?
Did u read goljan?
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congrats for the nice score! I would like, however, to ask you regarding the combination of kaplan notes + videos, did you notice any difference between the notes and the videos? Did the videos gave you any extra details which weren't in the notes?

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If the exam is not anything like nbmes wud u still say nbmes can predict our score well for the main exam?
And if one understands all the concepts from uworld n kaplan notes well,wud that be enough to answer the concept based questions?
Did u read goljan?

Warrior123. Yes. NBMEs for some reason do predict ones actual score. You can see that they predicted mine. Also notice that my NBME scores are clustered around 240 - that makes them more predictable. The best NBME is 16 in this regard.

Yes. Kaplan concepts + Uworld concepts would take you a long way ie, they will get you a good score. Also, you need to apply those learned concepts, and for that you need a ton load of questions.

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congrats for the nice score! I would like, however, to ask you regarding the combination of kaplan notes + videos, did you notice any difference between the notes and the videos? Did the videos gave you any extra details which weren't in the notes?

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The notes contain everything presented in the videos, but the videos do not contain everything presented in the note. But Videos are a great tool to understand concepts!

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[QUOTE=thebluespirit;523570]Warrior123. Yes. NBMEs for some reason do predict ones actual score. You can see that they predicted mine. Also notice that my NBME scores are clustered around 240 - that makes them more predictable. The best NBME is 16 in this regard.

Yes. Kaplan concepts + Uworld concepts would take you a long way ie, they will get you a good score. Also, you need to apply those learned concepts, and for that you need a ton load of questions.

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Did u read goljan or only pathoma?
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Warrior123. Yes. NBMEs for some reason do predict ones actual score. You can see that they predicted mine. Also notice that my NBME scores are clustered around 240 - that makes them more predictable. The best NBME is 16 in this regard.

Yes. Kaplan concepts + Uworld concepts would take you a long way ie, they will get you a good score. Also, you need to apply those learned concepts, and for that you need a ton load of questions.

Good luck!
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Did u read goljan or only pathoma?

Warrior 123. Just Pathoma. Just Pathoma. Just Pathoma.

Pathoma has everything that you need to know for step 1.

Goljan has everything you need to know for step 1 + everything that you do NOT need to know for step 1.

Pathoma saves you time, and concepts. Win win situation.

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Great!
Your plan is quite similar to mine
I just started the 2nd read of Kaplan along with 1st Aid and USMLE-rx
What concerns me is adding the notes onto 1st Aid , I found my self adding lots of notes from Kaplan notes , are these worth adding? Or leave it for uworld ?
Any recommended approach ,
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Your plan is quite similar to mine
I just started the 2nd read of Kaplan along with 1st Aid and USMLE-rx
What concerns me is adding the notes onto 1st Aid , I found my self adding lots of notes from Kaplan notes , are these worth adding? Or leave it for uworld ?
Any recommended approach ,
Thanks ...
I'll advise you what I did. I got my FA opened and punched which then I filed in a two ring file. That gave me the freedom to add extra sheets. I jotted down anything from Rx or Kap Q bank on these sheets. The FA page was strictly for uworld....

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congratulations on your score...you are an inspiration for the rest of us...keep the good work...good luck with the rest...
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Hi, Congratulations on passing the Exam!

I have a general picture question - it kinda look confusion, but you will get my point, I would say - your 6th sense - especially as you said that you did over 6200 questions - you should be familiar with that sense, I mean, I also did with Rx, Kaplan - finishing 2nd time, double time UW - and all of them in time mode - did NBME 7,13, 15 = and each time and I have the feeling of how well or bad I did - before the screen will show me the score I can predict how much I scored with roughly +- 5-10 points deviation - so when took exam - the first feeling you had - How did you feel, how well you were on performance - because, I still don't understand 240 is actually how much in percentage - like for NBME's 228 - is 81% correct - which means from 200 questions you got 162 is correct - roughly 2/4 question you will chose with confidence, 1/3 with half guess + half applying knowledge, and only about 5-6 question - you will have no idea how to approach to the question - so in that prospective - how you would evaluate level of Difficulty of the actual exam?

Thanks much,
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Congratulations. It's a pretty good score. How many hours a day did you study? I am asking this because I am still a medical student so I also have to take classes and do rotations at my home institute along with my step 1 preparation. How can I manage both? I am aiming for 250+ in a 12 month prep time.
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Greetings!

I got my score a couple of hours ago and it's 240. Im glad.

I'm writing down my experience in a short summary. Will not write a book about it. You guys can ask specific questions and I shall answer accordingly.

First things first, the Step 1 is all about concepts and endurance. The game pretty much revolves around it. The idea is to keep walking and you shall get to your goal, no matter what your med school grades are and what your intellect is.

It took me 9 months in all. Didn't study for 40 days for personal reasons.
I did 2 reads of Kaplan for all subjects except for Pathology for which I opted for Pathoma. It took me around 5 months to get done with the videos and lecture notes. During my second read of Kaplan, I would super impose it with First Aid and Usmle RX just to reinforce my concepts.

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Next I came onto Uworld. I did this random, timed, approx 2 blocks per day. This is the most important tool in your prep. I started annotating my FA with Uworld content ONLY. Do NOT write stuff from Kaplan Qbank or Rx on your FA. You may keep a separate notebook for that. The reason for this is because you eventually run out of writing space in FA, so I reserved that for UW content only. Grill Uworld explanations. Contemplate on them. You must make yourself comfortable with every concept presented in Uworld.

Once done with Uworld, I gave FA another read, cover to cover in 15 days. After getting done with this, I went In the NBME mode and would give one every 10 days approx. I gave all NBME's online. They are worth the money. Also, one of the most important things I did was for my last 2 NBME's was to combine a UWSA with it. Remember, familiarity breads calm. It is important to test yourself under stressful conditions and so I simulated the exam as close as I could. NBME + UWSA makes 8 blocks. The actual exam is 7 blocks - I know it's an extra block but it really brings out the metal in you and prepares you for the big day. This has to be one of the best things I did in my prep.

My scores were

Nbme 11 - 237 - 40 days out
Nbme 12 - 234 - 30 days out
Nbme 15 - 237 - 20 days out
Nbme 16 - 243 - 15 days out
UWSA 1 - 260 - 15 days out
Nbme 13- 247 - 7 days out
UWSA 2 - 260 - 7 days out

Real deal - 240

In the last week I gave a power read of FA. Focused on weak areas, reviewed the repetitive mistakes i did in Uworld and NBMEs. On the second last day I did some light reading, equations etc. Last day I didnt touch the books. Relaxed. Watched the sun rise and set. Went to be at 10 pm. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed.

Went to the test center an hour before starting time. My test started and it took me at least 10 questions to realize that this was it - I was actually attempting this monster. Surprisingly I was calm, and this was inturn worrying me lol. My first 2 blocks went smooth. Third block and beyond were absolute mayhem and finally the panic set it. I had atleast 5 minutes to spare for each block except for one of them. I walked out of the exam devastated. I felt that I had wasted my time, money and energy on this exam - that or either I was plain dumb. I made a dozen of foolish mistakes in the heat of the moment which I realized as I was walking out of the hall.

I am not allowed to give you the specific details, but the questions are nothing like the NBMEs or the Uworld. So I'd suggest we stop finding solace in that (But then again this is just my opinion and you may hear other people comment differently) This is how I felt keeping in mind that I did over 6,200 questions for this exam. The question stems are long and the time is short. If there is anything out there that is remotely close to the question style of the actual paper it is the NBME 16. If you are comfortable with such questions, you'd get a good score.

Summing up. The exam is a beast, but doable. It's an exam of concepts and endurance and little bit of memory - a little bit. I can't stress enough on doing as many questions as you can. Uworld is undoubted the champion, I dont deny that but the other question banks are NOT rubbish either. Kaplan Q bank is great in some domains especially for Genetics, Biostats and Neurology. Usmle Rx has some great questions on Renal physio and path. So every bank has it's strengths and weaknesses. Do all your NBMEs online and I'd suggest you give your NBME 16 atleast 20 days before your actual exam so you can learn from it! Simulating exam conditions is key. I have a lot of things to write and advise on but I do not want to write a book on my experience - I know that I've already written alot lol.

Feel free to specific questions and I'll be glad to answer them.

Remember two words, concepts and endurance. Good luck!

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Hi.. congratz on your score!
Which qbank between usmlerx nd kap q bank did u find more usefull in consolidating knowledge frm exam point of view ( i.e both concepts and facts)?
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Congrats on ur high score wish u the best in other steps
Did u faced questions that u never heard about before , I mean in NBME 16 there is a question about Ghrelin which so many students agree that they never heard about it before ? and pseudofolliculitis barbae for example ?

and how about ethic questions ? did u use Khans medical ethics 101 to prepeare for these kind of questions and if yea .. it is helpful or not ?
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Congratulations! You must feel really happy. Any advice on where to read on the new topics (childbirth, pregnancy, puerperium) Thanks
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Hi, Congratulations on passing the Exam!

I have a general picture question - it kinda look confusion, but you will get my point, I would say - your 6th sense - especially as you said that you did over 6200 questions - you should be familiar with that sense, I mean, I also did with Rx, Kaplan - finishing 2nd time, double time UW - and all of them in time mode - did NBME 7,13, 15 = and each time and I have the feeling of how well or bad I did - before the screen will show me the score I can predict how much I scored with roughly +- 5-10 points deviation - so when took exam - the first feeling you had - How did you feel, how well you were on performance - because, I still don't understand 240 is actually how much in percentage - like for NBME's 228 - is 81% correct - which means from 200 questions you got 162 is correct - roughly 2/4 question you will chose with confidence, 1/3 with half guess + half applying knowledge, and only about 5-6 question - you will have no idea how to approach to the question - so in that prospective - how you would evaluate level of Difficulty of the actual exam?

Thanks much,
Hi Citadel. First things first. I totally understand what you are talking about. But I'd strictly advise you to against thinking this way. I too was in this frame of mind when I was giving my NBMEs. But it sort of gets to your head and starts to be counterproductive. The scoring for each NBME is different and the way they calculate the score is different. For example in one nbme I got 28 wrong and I got a 234 and in NBME 16 I got 27 wrong and I got a 243. I don't know how exactly they score but thats the way it is.

The real exam contains alot of experimental questions that are not scored, right or wrong irrespective - this shatters the 6th sense you are talking about.

Walking out of the paper I felt that I had done extremely poorly, I thought I'd fail as per my sixth sense, but hey!!

Work hard for every point and get a maximum score!

I hope this satisfies.

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Congratulations. It's a pretty good score. How many hours a day did you study? I am asking this because I am still a medical student so I also have to take classes and do rotations at my home institute along with my step 1 preparation. How can I manage both? I am aiming for 250+ in a 12 month prep time.

Hi Maryam. I can't say for exact but a minimum of 7 hours a day. But this is really subjective. Doing your step 1 during your medschool for International students is great, and I personally feel that if you are dedicated, you can get a higher score than if you attempt it after your medschool. So go for it!

Schedule is key. I'd suggest you do your days work and begin by giving step 1 some exclusive time during you study runs! Like say 3 hours?


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Which qbank between usmlerx nd kap q bank did u find more usefull in consolidating knowledge frm exam point of view ( i.e both concepts and facts)?

Hi Arslan.

I'd say Kaplan Q bank. I'd suggest you subscribe to it online. There is an option for 'high yield' in that bank. That filters out all the rubbish/low yield/unrelated questions from the question pool. Kaplan Q bank is an excellent bank for some subjects. I don't know why it's underrated. If you have time, I'd suggest you go for it!!

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The real exam contains alot of experimental questions that are not scored, right or wrong irrespective - this shatters the 6th sense you are talking about.

Walking out of the paper I felt that I had done extremely poorly, I thought I'd fail as per my sixth sense, but hey!!

Work hard for every point and get a maximum score!

I hope this satisfies.
Thanks for response, which indeed makes me to feel better - because these experimental questions actually works toward us - as long as this exam is all about scores - as in statistics if the ration of experimental questions gets higher then possibility of your getting better scores gets more likely too = FA says it can range between 10-15% then about from 322 32-45 questions are then didn't count, and a lot of people say they actually had feeling they barely did it - usually I will have these feeling - then I do each second question with guess. Anyway, how would estimate ratio of ease/average/difficult/ WTF question ratio? Thanks again.
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Did u faced questions that u never heard about before , I mean in NBME 16 there is a question about Ghrelin which so many students agree that they never heard about it before ? and pseudofolliculitis barbae for example ?

and how about ethic questions ? did u use Khans medical ethics 101 to prepeare for these kind of questions and if yea .. it is helpful or not ?

Hi Israaooday. Thank you.

Yes. I did face out of this world questions. You need to eliminate options and home into the one you think is best and move on! I knew about Ghrelin. Stuff like this carries on from your medschool if you're lucky.

Medical ethics 101 is good. I used it. It establishes a nice way to approach ethics questions. Go for it!

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USMLE 10! Thank you. I'm not happy exactly but satisfied!

The real deal is totally random. If you are looking for a high score, I'd suggest you study all topic systematically. I'm against this notion of 'High Yield' stuff - as said by Dr Lionel Raymon in his various lectures. For example, there is a hysteria about the 'incontinence questions' on this forum. I thought I'd encounter them, but I didn't, not a single. Know everything - conceptually. Goes along way.

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Thanks for response, which indeed makes me to feel better - because these experimental questions actually works toward us - as long as this exam is all about scores - as in statistics if the ration of experimental questions gets higher then possibility of your getting better scores gets more likely too = FA says it can range between 10-15% then about from 322 32-45 questions are then didn't count, and a lot of people say they actually had feeling they barely did it - usually I will have these feeling - then I do each second question with guess. Anyway, how would estimate ratio of ease/average/difficult/ WTF question ratio? Thanks again.
Citadel. about 40 percent is easy. 5 percent WTF. and the rest are hard. You see, we find those questions hard where we have to 'apply concepts'. If you read the question carefully, step wise and have the courage to apply the knowledge that you do, the hard questions become relatively easy. Whenever I came across a hard question, I'd go back to the basics in my thought, and build from there. I know that takes time, but I found that to be useful. Hope this helps!

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Citadel. about 40 percent is easy. 5 percent WTF. and the rest are hard.

That is sweet ratio - if 40% easy usually memory type questions, 50 % - concept applicable + calculations, images, heart sounds, then rest 5 % doesn't make a big change in weather !!!

I was scared to read when couple day ago - somebody took exam and wrote only like 10 % is easy and rest are hard + wtf questions. Nothing even close to any Q-banks, NBME's ....

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By the way - How was the SIZE of letters - for comparison Kaplan Q-banks interface is small letters, UW interface is bigger more convenient to read then Kaplan - how is the letters font - do they use font letter then even usual questions look very lengthy - or the question are really lengthy - for compaction do you remember Accessory Nipple question from UW - it would be considered lengthy, but relatively easy if grasp the rhythm of the question. Thanks

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What use to be your initial UW percentages ??? I mean when you started with UW, in around first 15 tests, what was your strategy (timed/untimed/tutor) and what used to be ur %ages and %ile ?
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That is sweet ratio - if 40% easy usually memory type questions, 50 % - concept applicable + calculations, images, heart sounds, then rest 5 % doesn't make a big change in weather !!!

I was scared to read when couple day ago - somebody took exam and wrote only like 10 % is easy and rest are hard + wtf questions. Nothing even close to any Q-banks, NBME's ....

Your massage has planted a HOPE again

By the way - How was the SIZE of letters - for comparison Kaplan Q-banks interface is small letters, UW interface is bigger more convenient to read then Kaplan - how is the letters font - do they use font letter then even usual questions look very lengthy - or the question are really lengthy - for compaction do you remember Accessory Nipple question from UW - it would be considered lengthy, but relatively easy if grasp the rhythm of the question. Thanks


Citadel. The things you are asking are very subjective. If one hasn't prepared correctly, he/she will see all questions as WTF hard. Get my point? Even my judgements are subjective, and might be clouded. But know that if you put effort in, youll get the score!

Ok. So the questions are lengthier than Uworld. The font is a bit larger, but the questions, generally, are definitely lengthier on average. And that cause panic. What I established early on was to read the last line first, glance at the options and then read the questions slowly, establishing my differentials along the way. You see, and this point is important, You might have all the knowledge in the world, but if you do not read the question carefully, or if you are unable to connect with the question, then how will you arrive at the proper answer? It is important to improve your test taking stratigies to boost your score.

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Supreet. I'd say, don't stress over your Uworld score. It's pointless. Really. Learn from it. Like you would learn from a book. Seriously. I need you to do this.

I did all my Uworld random, timed.

Since you've asked, and I'll repeat this does NOT indicate anything. My Uworld aggregate first pass was 75% random, timed. Percentile was 86th.

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What I established early on was to read the last line first, glance at the options and then read the questions slowly, establishing my differentials along the way. You see, and this point is important, You might have all the knowledge in the world, but if you do not read the question carefully, or if you are unable to connect with the question, then how will you arrive at the proper answer? It is important to improve your test taking stratigies to boost your score.
That is actually great point to keep in mind - strategy and make connections - I know that lengthy question will contain a lot of water in it with unnecessary "she is in ER, brought by daughter whose uncle's borther-in-law had the same symptoms''

What is was your strategy to stay focused and sober throughout the blocks, have you drink coffee, energizers or do you took any sleep meds before exam night ?
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That is actually great point to keep in mind - strategy and make connections - I know that lengthy question will contain a lot of water in it with unnecessary "she is in ER, brought by daughter whose uncle's borther-in-law had the same symptoms''

What is was your strategy to stay focused and sober throughout the blocks, have you drink coffee, energizers or do you took any sleep meds before exam night ?
Citadel lol. Like I said earlier. I simulated exam conditions twice, doing 8 blocks. 1 NBME + 1UWSA. Familiarity breeds calm. So on the real day I knew what I was expecting. I took along canned Coffee, redbull and sandwiches.

A big NO to sedatives before the exam. I woke up early on the last day, and went to jog like there was no end - completely exhausted myself. By 10 pm I was begging for sleep. lol

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A big NO to sedatives before the exam. I woke up early on the last day, and went to jog like there was no end - completely exhausted myself. By 10 pm I was begging for sleep.
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Congrats, that's a great score =)

I'd be ecstatic if I scored >235, at this point even >230
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Congrats, that's a great score =)

I'd be ecstatic if I scored >235, at this point even >230
Qirkergaard. Like I've said. Keep walking. It's about endurance and concepts. You will get to your score soon!

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I'd say Kaplan Q bank. I'd suggest you subscribe to it online. There is an option for 'high yield' in that bank. That filters out all the rubbish/low yield/unrelated questions from the question pool. Kaplan Q bank is an excellent bank for some subjects. I don't know why it's underrated. If you have time, I'd suggest you go for it!!

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Greetings!

I got my score a couple of hours ago and it's 240. Im glad.

I'm writing down my experience in a short summary. Will not write a book about it. You guys can ask specific questions and I shall answer accordingly.

First things first, the Step 1 is all about concepts and endurance. The game pretty much revolves around it. The idea is to keep walking and you shall get to your goal, no matter what your med school grades are and what your intellect is.

It took me 9 months in all. Didn't study for 40 days for personal reasons.
I did 2 reads of Kaplan for all subjects except for Pathology for which I opted for Pathoma. It took me around 5 months to get done with the videos and lecture notes. During my second read of Kaplan, I would super impose it with First Aid and Usmle RX just to reinforce my concepts.

Once I got done with 2 reads of kaplan + FA + approx 1200 questions of Rx, I subscribed to Kaplan Q bank. I attempted this timed and managed to do 1400 questions in about 12 days.

Next I came onto Uworld. I did this random, timed, approx 2 blocks per day. This is the most important tool in your prep. I started annotating my FA with Uworld content ONLY. Do NOT write stuff from Kaplan Qbank or Rx on your FA. You may keep a separate notebook for that. The reason for this is because you eventually run out of writing space in FA, so I reserved that for UW content only. Grill Uworld explanations. Contemplate on them. You must make yourself comfortable with every concept presented in Uworld.

Once done with Uworld, I gave FA another read, cover to cover in 15 days. After getting done with this, I went In the NBME mode and would give one every 10 days approx. I gave all NBME's online. They are worth the money. Also, one of the most important things I did was for my last 2 NBME's was to combine a UWSA with it. Remember, familiarity breads calm. It is important to test yourself under stressful conditions and so I simulated the exam as close as I could. NBME + UWSA makes 8 blocks. The actual exam is 7 blocks - I know it's an extra block but it really brings out the metal in you and prepares you for the big day. This has to be one of the best things I did in my prep.

My scores were

Nbme 11 - 237 - 40 days out
Nbme 12 - 234 - 30 days out
Nbme 15 - 237 - 20 days out
Nbme 16 - 243 - 15 days out
UWSA 1 - 260 - 15 days out
Nbme 13- 247 - 7 days out
UWSA 2 - 260 - 7 days out

Real deal - 240

In the last week I gave a power read of FA. Focused on weak areas, reviewed the repetitive mistakes i did in Uworld and NBMEs. On the second last day I did some light reading, equations etc. Last day I didnt touch the books. Relaxed. Watched the sun rise and set. Went to be at 10 pm. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed.

Went to the test center an hour before starting time. My test started and it took me at least 10 questions to realize that this was it - I was actually attempting this monster. Surprisingly I was calm, and this was inturn worrying me lol. My first 2 blocks went smooth. Third block and beyond were absolute mayhem and finally the panic set it. I had atleast 5 minutes to spare for each block except for one of them. I walked out of the exam devastated. I felt that I had wasted my time, money and energy on this exam - that or either I was plain dumb. I made a dozen of foolish mistakes in the heat of the moment which I realized as I was walking out of the hall.

I am not allowed to give you the specific details, but the questions are nothing like the NBMEs or the Uworld. So I'd suggest we stop finding solace in that (But then again this is just my opinion and you may hear other people comment differently) This is how I felt keeping in mind that I did over 6,200 questions for this exam. The question stems are long and the time is short. If there is anything out there that is remotely close to the question style of the actual paper it is the NBME 16. If you are comfortable with such questions, you'd get a good score.

Summing up. The exam is a beast, but doable. It's an exam of concepts and endurance and little bit of memory - a little bit. I can't stress enough on doing as many questions as you can. Uworld is undoubted the champion, I dont deny that but the other question banks are NOT rubbish either. Kaplan Q bank is great in some domains especially for Genetics, Biostats and Neurology. Usmle Rx has some great questions on Renal physio and path. So every bank has it's strengths and weaknesses. Do all your NBMEs online and I'd suggest you give your NBME 16 atleast 20 days before your actual exam so you can learn from it! Simulating exam conditions is key. I have a lot of things to write and advise on but I do not want to write a book on my experience - I know that I've already written alot lol.

Feel free to specific questions and I'll be glad to answer them.

Remember two words, concepts and endurance. Good luck!

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Yes Arslan. Concepts will save you. But concepts are no good till you can't apply them. This is where tons of questions come in. Like Dr Goljan says ' Mechanisms mechanisms mechanisms!'

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Yes Arslan. Concepts will save you. But concepts are no good till you can't apply them. This is where tons of questions come in. Like Dr Goljan says ' Mechanisms mechanisms mechanisms!'

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Right. And one last question: how much time did u spend on uworld first pass nd 2nd pass? Thanks a lot for ur help
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First pass about 1 month. I did not do second pass. Rather just focused on my weak areas. But it shouldnt take you more than 15 days.

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By the way in real exam - is there warning which say 2 minutes left - like in Kaplan interface? And how was your timing?
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By the way in real exam - is there warning which say 2 minutes left - like in Kaplan interface? And how was your timing?
The real exam interface is exactly that of UWORD ie the FRED software. As far as i can recall there is just one 'last 5 minutes remaining' warning in the actual exam.

My timing was not tooo good. Had 5 minutes to spare on some blocks. The others I just managed to finish in time!

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Also how did you apportion your break time?

I recently sat a Kaplan simulated exam and I really couldn't concentrate past the 5th block.

I was thinking maybe 2 blocks - break - 2 blocks - break - 1 block - break - finish up last block. Where I do 2 blocks back to back, I plan to give a 1-2 min breather before I proceed to the next.
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Also how did you apportion your break time?

I recently sat a Kaplan simulated exam and I really couldn't concentrate past the 5th block.

I was thinking maybe 2 blocks - break - 2 blocks - break - 1 block - break - finish up last block. Where I do 2 blocks back to back, I plan to give a 1-2 min breather before I proceed to the next.
Hey Qirkergaard. I strongly advise you to take a minimum of 5 min break between each block - No matter how you feel, your need to take a 5 min break before proceeding to the next block. I say this because at time when we finish a block, we think we are fresh and ready to take on the next and 12 questions into the next block and you start suffering from what I call 'neuronal edema' That is that your thinking starts to cloud.

Take 5 min break after each block helps you to uncloud your thought process.

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Also keep in mind that signing out and signing in the hall takes about 1-2 minutes each time so you may want to consider utilizing these tiny breaks at your seat!!
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Could you please give a break up of your preparation in regards to months. My exam is in mid-jan - I have exactly 3 months to go. Can you please tell me how you prepared in the last 3 months.. study hours and other strategy.. in fact a break up of your entire 9months if possible!
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Could you please give a break up of your preparation in regards to months. My exam is in mid-jan - I have exactly 3 months to go. Can you please tell me how you prepared in the last 3 months.. study hours and other strategy.. in fact a break up of your entire 9months if possible!
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Last three months I did Uworld and FA strictly. Also I did usmle RX for my weak areas.

My last month was for NBME's and the repetitive mistakes that I did on Uworld and NBME and cramming FA
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Warrior 123. Just Pathoma. Just Pathoma. Just Pathoma.

Pathoma has everything that you need to know for step 1.

Goljan has everything you need to know for step 1 + everything that you do NOT need to know for step 1.

Pathoma saves you time, and concepts. Win win situation.

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hi..congrats for your happy marks..
could you pls tell hw long wil it take fr pathoma frst nd second reads...
with the basic knowledge prior to studies being avg nd if i study around 8 hrs a day nd wit avg studyin speed...
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I just got my score and it is 220 , is it a good or bad score?
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could you pls tell hw long wil it take fr pathoma frst nd second reads...
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Hi. I did pathoma with videos in 9 days. You can do it too. I promise. Focus is key!
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Hey Baselsh. It's definitely not a bad score!

That being said, you need to work on your CK score. Try to flirt with a 250. Research and clinical experience and contacts may compensate for any remaining deficiencies if at all!!

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Hi. I did pathoma with videos in 9 days. You can do it too. I promise. Focus is key!
9 days wud b great... actually i hv applied fr the nov dec slot.. nd i read goljan a real long tym ago... nw fr the second read i feel its takin a real lot of tym frm ma schedule... do u think its a gud idea to strt wit pathoma fresh...r the videos enuf..? no need to giv a read of the book...? sry fr my trivial doubts... but i really dunno abt pathoma... nd im really tensed abt path nd pharm...
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Congratulations on your score!
I have 32 days left for my exam. I did Kaplan LN and uworld twice and Fa quickly once. I gave nbme 7 offline yesterday and I got a 230 and I'm disappointed..i kind of expected to score a bit higher. I plan on giving weekly nbmes. 11, 15 offline and 13,16 online. I intend to keep reviewing Fa and uworld from now on. Could you please tell me things I should not fail to do this last one month? And advice on the order of nbmes?
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9 days wud b great... actually i hv applied fr the nov dec slot.. nd i read goljan a real long tym ago... nw fr the second read i feel its takin a real lot of tym frm ma schedule... do u think its a gud idea to strt wit pathoma fresh...r the videos enuf..? no need to giv a read of the book...? sry fr my trivial doubts... but i really dunno abt pathoma... nd im really tensed abt path nd pharm...
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Take my word for it. I too did goljan in my medschool cover to cover, but despite that during my preparation for step 1 i opted for Pathoma. Do the videos and the notes together. It wont take you long, and your fear will wear off!

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Congratulations on your score!
I have 32 days left for my exam. I did Kaplan LN and uworld twice and Fa quickly once. I gave nbme 7 offline yesterday and I got a 230 and I'm disappointed..i kind of expected to score a bit higher. I plan on giving weekly nbmes. 11, 15 offline and 13,16 online. I intend to keep reviewing Fa and uworld from now on. Could you please tell me things I should not fail to do this last one month? And advice on the order of nbmes?
Thanks a lot thebluespirit..
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1) I will strongly suggest you to do all the nbmes ONLINE. The offline ones are illegal and useless.

2) The sequence I followed was 12,13,16,15

3) Keep reviewing your weak areas. Do NOT fall into the trap of going over your strong areas over and over and over again - but this does not mean you ignore them all together.

4) Simulate and 8 hour exam by combine an NBME with UWSA. I know this will add up to 8 blocks, while the actual exam is of 7 - but hey, it'll bring out the metal in you. Remember, have to prepare for the worse. If I hadn't done this, I would have probably slipped into the 30's....

5) Sleep atleast 8 hours. You need REM sleep as much as possible to consolidate what you learnt.

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1) I will strongly suggest you to do all the nbmes ONLINE. The offline ones are illegal and useless.

2) The sequence I followed was 12,13,16,15

3) Keep reviewing your weak areas. Do NOT fall into the trap of going over your strong areas over and over and over again - but this does not mean you ignore them all together.

4) Simulate and 8 hour exam by combine an NBME with UWSA. I know this will add up to 8 blocks, while the actual exam is of 7 - but hey, it'll bring out the metal in you. Remember, have to prepare for the worse. If I hadn't done this, I would have probably slipped into the 30's....

5) Sleep atleast 8 hours. You need REM sleep as much as possible to consolidate what you learnt.

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Thanks a lot! Will definitely try to do all the nbmes online, and follow the other things too. Hope I can improve my score in this last one month. Fingers crossed.
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Good luck for CK bluespirit!
Also make sure that you focus on your exam taking skills. Which basically means to read the question slowly, understand it as you read the question, formulating the diagnosis along the way. Always go back to the basics. Always.
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Greetings!

I got my score a couple of hours ago and it's 240. Im glad.

I'm writing down my experience in a short summary. Will not write a book about it. You guys can ask specific questions and I shall answer accordingly.

First things first, the Step 1 is all about concepts and endurance. The game pretty much revolves around it. The idea is to keep walking and you shall get to your goal, no matter what your med school grades are and what your intellect is.

It took me 9 months in all. Didn't study for 40 days for personal reasons.
I did 2 reads of Kaplan for all subjects except for Pathology for which I opted for Pathoma. It took me around 5 months to get done with the videos and lecture notes. During my second read of Kaplan, I would super impose it with First Aid and Usmle RX just to reinforce my concepts.

Once I got done with 2 reads of kaplan + FA + approx 1200 questions of Rx, I subscribed to Kaplan Q bank. I attempted this timed and managed to do 1400 questions in about 12 days.

Next I came onto Uworld. I did this random, timed, approx 2 blocks per day. This is the most important tool in your prep. I started annotating my FA with Uworld content ONLY. Do NOT write stuff from Kaplan Qbank or Rx on your FA. You may keep a separate notebook for that. The reason for this is because you eventually run out of writing space in FA, so I reserved that for UW content only. Grill Uworld explanations. Contemplate on them. You must make yourself comfortable with every concept presented in Uworld.

Once done with Uworld, I gave FA another read, cover to cover in 15 days. After getting done with this, I went In the NBME mode and would give one every 10 days approx. I gave all NBME's online. They are worth the money. Also, one of the most important things I did was for my last 2 NBME's was to combine a UWSA with it. Remember, familiarity breads calm. It is important to test yourself under stressful conditions and so I simulated the exam as close as I could. NBME + UWSA makes 8 blocks. The actual exam is 7 blocks - I know it's an extra block but it really brings out the metal in you and prepares you for the big day. This has to be one of the best things I did in my prep.

My scores were

Nbme 11 - 237 - 40 days out
Nbme 12 - 234 - 30 days out
Nbme 15 - 237 - 20 days out
Nbme 16 - 243 - 15 days out
UWSA 1 - 260 - 15 days out
Nbme 13- 247 - 7 days out
UWSA 2 - 260 - 7 days out

Real deal - 240

In the last week I gave a power read of FA. Focused on weak areas, reviewed the repetitive mistakes i did in Uworld and NBMEs. On the second last day I did some light reading, equations etc. Last day I didnt touch the books. Relaxed. Watched the sun rise and set. Went to be at 10 pm. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed.

Went to the test center an hour before starting time. My test started and it took me at least 10 questions to realize that this was it - I was actually attempting this monster. Surprisingly I was calm, and this was inturn worrying me lol. My first 2 blocks went smooth. Third block and beyond were absolute mayhem and finally the panic set it. I had atleast 5 minutes to spare for each block except for one of them. I walked out of the exam devastated. I felt that I had wasted my time, money and energy on this exam - that or either I was plain dumb. I made a dozen of foolish mistakes in the heat of the moment which I realized as I was walking out of the hall.

I am not allowed to give you the specific details, but the questions are nothing like the NBMEs or the Uworld. So I'd suggest we stop finding solace in that (But then again this is just my opinion and you may hear other people comment differently) This is how I felt keeping in mind that I did over 6,200 questions for this exam. The question stems are long and the time is short. If there is anything out there that is remotely close to the question style of the actual paper it is the NBME 16. If you are comfortable with such questions, you'd get a good score.

Summing up. The exam is a beast, but doable. It's an exam of concepts and endurance and little bit of memory - a little bit. I can't stress enough on doing as many questions as you can. Uworld is undoubted the champion, I dont deny that but the other question banks are NOT rubbish either. Kaplan Q bank is great in some domains especially for Genetics, Biostats and Neurology. Usmle Rx has some great questions on Renal physio and path. So every bank has it's strengths and weaknesses. Do all your NBMEs online and I'd suggest you give your NBME 16 atleast 20 days before your actual exam so you can learn from it! Simulating exam conditions is key. I have a lot of things to write and advise on but I do not want to write a book on my experience - I know that I've already written alot lol.

Feel free to specific questions and I'll be glad to answer them.

Remember two words, concepts and endurance. Good luck!

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Hey ZH3298

I have not watched the DIT videos so I can't comment on them...
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I have not watched the DIT videos so I can't comment on them...
Okay. Thank you for the prompt reply.
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Thanks for sharing your experience. I am aiming for 250 +, really need that much as i am old IMG. Can you shed some light as to what can help me in getting to that score. Because i see you have you used all recommended resources. Or is it pure luck.?
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Hey Kmathew. You can definitely get a 250+ if you are on the 240 range and then cut down your silly mistakes. The difference between a 240 and a 250 is about 6 questions... I remember making 10 silly mistakes which I realized as soon as I walked out of the exam hall.

If you are careful in reading the question, and if you can cut down on your silly mistakes, 250 isn't a big deal. That being said, you will have to work hard!!

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yes indeed every question matters. thanks a lot and best of luck. Even though its been repeatedly asked and you have answered it even. If high yield anatomy isn't sufficient than what is?
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yes indeed every question matters. thanks a lot and best of luck. Even though its been repeatedly asked and you have answered it even. If high yield anatomy isn't sufficient than what is?
hi Kmathew. Unfortunately, no one has an answer to this question. The anatomy questions on step 1 are totally random. The best thing you can possibly do is to build a good orientation of anatomy from day one of your prep. It will go a long way. I did not memorize any book for anatomy per say, but I used to play around with anatomy alot in my free time and that's probably the reason why I got a star for anatomy on my real test.

What I did was that in my free time I used to watch the videos at anatomyzone.com or play around on this website http://lifesciencedb.jp/bp3d/?lng=en

Do this only if you have time.

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Hey Skeleton. I did Kaplan for cell bio. Also, the kaplan Q bank had some good questions on cell bio as far as I can recall.

Didn't do anything special for it! Kaplan and Uworld are sufficient I believe.

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Greetings!

I got my score a couple of hours ago and it's 240. Im glad.

I'm writing down my experience in a short summary. Will not write a book about it. You guys can ask specific questions and I shall answer accordingly.

First things first, the Step 1 is all about concepts and endurance. The game pretty much revolves around it. The idea is to keep walking and you shall get to your goal, no matter what your med school grades are and what your intellect is.

It took me 9 months in all. Didn't study for 40 days for personal reasons.
I did 2 reads of Kaplan for all subjects except for Pathology for which I opted for Pathoma. It took me around 5 months to get done with the videos and lecture notes. During my second read of Kaplan, I would super impose it with First Aid and Usmle RX just to reinforce my concepts.

Once I got done with 2 reads of kaplan + FA + approx 1200 questions of Rx, I subscribed to Kaplan Q bank. I attempted this timed and managed to do 1400 questions in about 12 days.

Next I came onto Uworld. I did this random, timed, approx 2 blocks per day. This is the most important tool in your prep. I started annotating my FA with Uworld content ONLY. Do NOT write stuff from Kaplan Qbank or Rx on your FA. You may keep a separate notebook for that. The reason for this is because you eventually run out of writing space in FA, so I reserved that for UW content only. Grill Uworld explanations. Contemplate on them. You must make yourself comfortable with every concept presented in Uworld.

Once done with Uworld, I gave FA another read, cover to cover in 15 days. After getting done with this, I went In the NBME mode and would give one every 10 days approx. I gave all NBME's online. They are worth the money. Also, one of the most important things I did was for my last 2 NBME's was to combine a UWSA with it. Remember, familiarity breads calm. It is important to test yourself under stressful conditions and so I simulated the exam as close as I could. NBME + UWSA makes 8 blocks. The actual exam is 7 blocks - I know it's an extra block but it really brings out the metal in you and prepares you for the big day. This has to be one of the best things I did in my prep.

My scores were

Nbme 11 - 237 - 40 days out
Nbme 12 - 234 - 30 days out
Nbme 15 - 237 - 20 days out
Nbme 16 - 243 - 15 days out
UWSA 1 - 260 - 15 days out
Nbme 13- 247 - 7 days out
UWSA 2 - 260 - 7 days out

Real deal - 240

In the last week I gave a power read of FA. Focused on weak areas, reviewed the repetitive mistakes i did in Uworld and NBMEs. On the second last day I did some light reading, equations etc. Last day I didnt touch the books. Relaxed. Watched the sun rise and set. Went to be at 10 pm. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed.

Went to the test center an hour before starting time. My test started and it took me at least 10 questions to realize that this was it - I was actually attempting this monster. Surprisingly I was calm, and this was inturn worrying me lol. My first 2 blocks went smooth. Third block and beyond were absolute mayhem and finally the panic set it. I had atleast 5 minutes to spare for each block except for one of them. I walked out of the exam devastated. I felt that I had wasted my time, money and energy on this exam - that or either I was plain dumb. I made a dozen of foolish mistakes in the heat of the moment which I realized as I was walking out of the hall.

I am not allowed to give you the specific details, but the questions are nothing like the NBMEs or the Uworld. So I'd suggest we stop finding solace in that (But then again this is just my opinion and you may hear other people comment differently) This is how I felt keeping in mind that I did over 6,200 questions for this exam. The question stems are long and the time is short. If there is anything out there that is remotely close to the question style of the actual paper it is the NBME 16. If you are comfortable with such questions, you'd get a good score.

Summing up. The exam is a beast, but doable. It's an exam of concepts and endurance and little bit of memory - a little bit. I can't stress enough on doing as many questions as you can. Uworld is undoubted the champion, I dont deny that but the other question banks are NOT rubbish either. Kaplan Q bank is great in some domains especially for Genetics, Biostats and Neurology. Usmle Rx has some great questions on Renal physio and path. So every bank has it's strengths and weaknesses. Do all your NBMEs online and I'd suggest you give your NBME 16 atleast 20 days before your actual exam so you can learn from it! Simulating exam conditions is key. I have a lot of things to write and advise on but I do not want to write a book on my experience - I know that I've already written alot lol.

Feel free to specific questions and I'll be glad to answer them.

Remember two words, concepts and endurance. Good luck!

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Congratulations Thebluespirit Its an impressive score. Thank you for sharing your experience, its really helpful. Please can you teach me?
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I am willing to answer more questions. Bring them on.
Well, I'm 2 months away from my test day, and I am scoring low on NBME's (NBME 15-202, USW1- 215), I read FA once, Kaplan LONG time ago (I know huge mistake) Uworld once (now beginning my 2 round, scoring between 80-85), I'm going to repeat as much as a can FA, and I'm doing pathoma to see if I can improve my score a little bit.

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Congrats on the result.

I have just started preparing for Step 1 and in two minds whether to buy the Kaplan Notes or just to go with the videos. My seniors said to just go with the Kaplan videos( which i already have) and read FA plus all the Q banks.

Is it a good way to go, or should I read Kaplan notes for each topic first before watching the videos?

p.s. I'm a img and finished my graduation

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Congratulations on your score.Very inspiring your story .
Ihave a question on the q banks.
1.Did you did all the questions on the kaplan and usmle rx bank?
2.Did you do a one time pass or also 2 time pass on those qbanks?
3.What were your scores on those qbanks?

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Well, I'm 2 months away from my test day, and I am scoring low on NBME's (NBME 15-202, USW1- 215), I read FA once, Kaplan LONG time ago (I know huge mistake) Uworld once (now beginning my 2 round, scoring between 80-85), I'm going to repeat as much as a can FA, and I'm doing pathoma to see if I can improve my score a little bit.

Any Advised?

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Hi. Do not worry. Just stick with you Uworld and FA. Remember to prefer Quality over Quantity.

Uworld and FA are sufficient. Make sure to do as many NBME as you can. Sometimes you pick up new concepts from them!

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Congrats on the result.

I have just started preparing for Step 1 and in two minds whether to buy the Kaplan Notes or just to go with the videos. My seniors said to just go with the Kaplan videos( which i already have) and read FA plus all the Q banks.

Is it a good way to go, or should I read Kaplan notes for each topic first before watching the videos?

p.s. I'm a img and finished my graduation

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Hi Sid!

Thank you for your question.

You see, Kaplan notes MUST be supplemented with the videos. It does NOT matter in which sequence you can want to watch them as long as you get your concepts right! Do both notes and videos if you are looking for a high score! Good luck!
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Congratulations on your score.Very inspiring your story .
Ihave a question on the q banks.
1.Did you did all the questions on the kaplan and usmle rx bank?
2.Did you do a one time pass or also 2 time pass on those qbanks?
3.What were your scores on those qbanks?

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1) No, I did not do all of the questions but I did a significant majority

2) Just one pass

3) I did not pay attention to my score on any of the q banks because what is important is to learn the concept from them. It it very easy to get traped in getting good scores while ignoring being thorough with concepts. Do not worry about the score, worry about if you are comfortable with the concept or not
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Hi. Do not worry. Just stick with you Uworld and FA. Remember to prefer Quality over Quantity.

Uworld and FA are sufficient. Make sure to do as many NBME as you can. Sometimes you pick up new concepts from them!

Remember, Quality of concepts matters a lot! good luck

I am very thankfull for your advised , good luck in your upcoming steps and congratulation on your outstanding result.
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Thank you Paty! I wish the same for you!
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Hi congratulations on your score.
Can you tell me if there was any emphasizes on any subject on your test.
Was anatomy and behavorial science as you expected or slightly more ?
how were the Xray /MRI / CT scans and Murmurs ?
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Hi congratulations on your score.
Can you tell me if there was any emphasizes on any subject on your test.
Was anatomy and behavorial science as you expected or slightly more ?
how were the Xray /MRI / CT scans and Murmurs ?
Hi Desai

Generally there was a very strong component of Pathophysiology.

Anatomy and behavioral science were more than expected.

Do CT scan well. There are lectures of murmur identification by Khan academy on youtube. Do look into it.

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Hi guys,

As per some feedback, these days there are a lot of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences questions on the exam.

It is advised that you take out the time to understand the underlying concepts. Once you understand the concepts, earning these points are a piece of cake!

God speed
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