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In the name of ALLAh

i'm a 2011 Egyptian graduate
My step 1 score is 238
My cumulative faculty score is 67.7%, and my basic knowledge was almost zero
Materials used:
• Gross Anatomy and embryology: Kaplan Videos and Lecture Notes
• Neuroanatomy: High-yield neuroanatomy
• Cell biology and histology: UW and FA
• Biochemistry and genetics: Kaplan videos and Lecture notes
• Physiology: Kaplan Videos and Lecture Notes
• Immunology: Kaplan Videos and Lecture notes
• Microbiology: UW and FA
• Pathology: Pathoma Videos and Book
• Pharmacology: UW and FA
• Behavioral sciences: Kaplan Videos and Lecture notes
USMLE medical ethics(100 cases by Conrad fischer)
• UW online
I started my preparation in October 2012 while I was in emtyaz ,
my plan was to finish anatomy, physiology , and biochemistry first.
and then microbiology, pharmacology, and pathology. And finish with behavioral sciences
I wanted to take the exam in December 2013, but I wasted a lot of time and I got busy with (work and the military service ) .
In January 2014 I decided to register for the exam and I want to take the exam in july, so I choose my eligibility period May – July , I send the application in late january and it was processed and accepted by late February
i got m scheduling permit in march I didn't find any available dates in july so I applied for extension and I scheduled the exam for 15-09-2014
By the end of july 2014 , I realized that I've only finished Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry , so i rescheduled the exam for 13-10-2014. I also found that –for me- working and studying don't mix. I called in sick from work in late july and that's when I started true study
in august I finished microbiology and behavioral sciences
in September I finished pathology and microbiology( I also rescheduled the exam for 23-10-2014)
for microbiology I solved UW and then annotate in FA
for pharmacology and pathology I watched the chapter from pathoma , annotate in FA and then solve UW for pharmacology and pathology for this chapter
in October I read FA(took 15 days) during which I took Assessment tests, I finished first aid exactly one week efore the exam . I want to read it one more time before the exam but I didn't have time.



Assessment:
• UWSA 1 (10-10-2014): 216
• UWSA 2 (11-10-2014): 238
• NBME 13 (13-10-2014): 222
• NBME 16 (19-0-2014): 237
• Real Deal (23-10-2014): 238

It's a very hard exam but if you study well, you can do it

Exam day:
the exam questions were similar to NBME 16 and I had more than 5 minutes at the end of each block to review my marked questions
there are some videos(Test Taking & Study Skills for the USMLE) with Kaplan step 2CK center prep videos, they are great videos, they are worth watching)

My mistakes:
Not having a proper study schedule from the beginning
every time I start studying a subject and I think it takes - like 20 days- I'd say I'll finish it in 10 and that never worked out
taking the assessment tests very late
not having an encouraging environment

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Congratulations for you, excellent score, that can rise up your mood, and give a motivation for start study to next 2 CK step soon as posible, as information is fresh in you mind now... Best wishes...
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(Test Taking & Study Skills for the USMLE) with Kaplan step 2CK center prep videos, they are great videos, they are worth watching)

kHey can you please give a link or help where to fing this video by Step Ck how to prepare , and test taking abilities???
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