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#1
01-21-2010
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Calculation questions in Step 1

Silly question, but how hard are they? Do we have to know the formulas inside out? So far, I am still just answering calculation questions based on the units (just trying to mix and match the units to guess the formulas).

But are the calculation questions in Step 1 as hard as the ones behind every Kaplan Physiology/Pharmacology chapter? (where I almost tore my hair out while doing them)

..or are they so straightforward that all you have to do is memorize the formulas in First Aid, and if you can fit the right value to the right spot on the formula, you can answer the question?

To summarize my question, "Was the Step 1 calculation questions ever a problem for you?"

#2
01-21-2010
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In my exam (I took very recently) I never had any kind of calculation question. In fact, I did not use the calculator at all!
So don't worry about these questions my dear.
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#3
01-21-2010
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In my exam there were two questions
One pharma equation and one renal physio
but they were very simple calculation much simpler than what you see in Kaplan QBank
by the way UW they don't have those complex calculation questions like Kaplan
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#4
01-21-2010
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i know what you mean i just spent the last two hours try to memorize resp equations then just quit.. i think if i get an equation question that i dunt know i am not even gonna bother trying, just gonna pick the best looking number lol.
 The above post was thanked by: lemontea88 (01-21-2010), spasstik (06-26-2013)

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