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My exam is in one week! I still have to take NBME 11, 12 and 7. I took NBME 3 and 5 a while back and failed them. I have been studying quite a bit past week or so. In the last couple of days I have managed to finish 55% of UW (2nd time) and I plan on finishing up most of it by tomorrow. I will take an NBME soon and start with FA on Wednesday. I have read it 4 times so far but plan on reading it and memorizing the hell out of it in this last week.

Any suggestions on what else to do in this last week? I am freaking out and hella nervous at this time. I have lost my sleep thinking about the exam and I am addicted to coffee now!

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Why don't u take a nbme soon..!! n keep reading FA i wud say.
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I really don't have a suggestions but all i can tell u that u will do great in this exam i am a kind new on this site just beginning my preparation but always see u on posts u are really hard worker and intelligent ,, go for it do your best in these few days and i am sure u will get a really high score ,, praying for u and wish u the greatest result ever
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dude i know u will do greatttt .... and in the last days wtick to first aid and try to cope anxiety and fear of exam coz am feeelin the same thing as exam date is coming near and near and m feelin fear of forgetfullness so m trying to cope also .... try to go for walk etc 30 min extracurricular activities and relaxation .... this will help u out .... do first aid alongwith molecular bio kaplan and histo kaplan .. rest everything is sufficient in first aid with u.world notes ....
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hey man dont be anxious...stay cool...take nbme....i think nbme 11 and 12 are more reliable....best of luck..u wl do great
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take ur nbme asap....that will amke u relax a lil if ur score improves..i have my exams in 2 weeks n i have come to the point where i dont feel like studying at all...doin 1st aid again with uworld notes...
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My exam is next week.
I will highly recommend to do NBME as soon as possible. Don't leave it for the end.
Why??????? Well if you see you are doing good it will help you relax.
And also if you buy expanded feed back you have to review what you have wrong and this takes time.
You don't want to be reviwing close to exam because you want to be doing FA.
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Hey guys,

My exam is in one week! I still have to take NBME 11, 12 and 7. I took NBME 3 and 5 a while back and failed them. I have been studying quite a bit past week or so. In the last couple of days I have managed to finish 55% of UW (2nd time) and I plan on finishing up most of it by tomorrow. I will take an NBME soon and start with FA on Wednesday. I have read it 4 times so far but plan on reading it and memorizing the hell out of it in this last week.

Any suggestions on what else to do in this last week? I am freaking out and hella nervous at this time. I have lost my sleep thinking about the exam and I am addicted to coffee now!

Thanks for any/all your suggestions.
Take NBME now or it will be too late. Seriosly take it now.
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Thanks everyone, Your posts were helpful and very encouraging!

I have decided to take an NBME 11 tomorrow morning so I will let you know how it goes. As for today I will finish as many blocks of UW as I can.

After taking the NBME 11 tomorrow, I will start FA and then take NBME 12 and see if I improve or not.

I plan on taking NBME 7 about 3-4 days before my exam and just do the FREE 150 on the last day. Do you think thats a good plan?
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all the best u will do great....jus stay calm test is easy
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my exam next week too.........
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Hi guys,

Thanks for the great messages and encouragement.

SADLY, I did bad on my NBME 11 ! I'm not too sure what happens to me when it comes to taking NBME's and feel like I have difficulty recalling the material. I am trying to go over FA now and taking NBME 12 in 2-3 days. I really want a score above 210 and I will be content with that!

I got the extended feedback on NBME 11. My score was 290/172 It said I got 79 wrong, does anyone have answers to NBME 11? I hope I can improve and get over my NBME anxiety. Anyways, thanks for all the messages. Ill let u know how NBME 12 goes.

Please share any other suggestions/ advice you have! Exam is on Wednesday! Thanks.
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I have the picture snaps of the questions I got wrong! If anyone is willing to go over them and provide me with the right answers, that would be of great help!

please pm and i will send you the file. Thanks
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Hi hope2pass,

I'm in same boat like you, my exam is in one week,
Dont be worry, even if you didn't got good score in NBME 11 this doesn't mean you wont score good in real exam,
Many Step 1 takers had bad scores in NBMEs but got good score in the exam, so dont panic and focus this week in reading FA and your notes again and again,

If you need answers of NBME 11, give me your skype ID or your email and I will send them to you.

Good luck and keep it up
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Hi guys,

Thanks for the great messages and encouragement.

SADLY, I did bad on my NBME 11 ! I'm not too sure what happens to me when it comes to taking NBME's and feel like I have difficulty recalling the material. I am trying to go over FA now and taking NBME 12 in 2-3 days. I really want a score above 210 and I will be content with that!

I got the extended feedback on NBME 11. My score was 290/172 It said I got 79 wrong, does anyone have answers to NBME 11? I hope I can improve and get over my NBME anxiety. Anyways, thanks for all the messages. Ill let u know how NBME 12 goes.

Please share any other suggestions/ advice you have! Exam is on Wednesday! Thanks.
Is it too hard or what?

I am going to give it tomorrow.
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Is it too hard or what?

I am going to give it tomorrow.
I can't really say. From other's post I have seen ppl do good on it, so its probably just me! if you know your stuff you should be fine I guess. Let us know how it goes!
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Hi hope2pass,

I'm in same boat like you, my exam is in one week,
Dont be worry, even if you didn't got good score in NBME 11 this doesn't mean you wont score good in real exam,
Many Step 1 takers had bad scores in NBMEs but got good score in the exam, so dont panic and focus this week in reading FA and your notes again and again,

If you need answers of NBME 11, give me your skype ID or your email and I will send them to you.

Good luck and keep it up
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Hi guys,

Thanks for the great messages and encouragement.

SADLY, I did bad on my NBME 11 ! I'm not too sure what happens to me when it comes to taking NBME's and feel like I have difficulty recalling the material. I am trying to go over FA now and taking NBME 12 in 2-3 days. I really want a score above 210 and I will be content with that!

I got the extended feedback on NBME 11. My score was 290/172 It said I got 79 wrong, does anyone have answers to NBME 11? I hope I can improve and get over my NBME anxiety. Anyways, thanks for all the messages. Ill let u know how NBME 12 goes.

Please share any other suggestions/ advice you have! Exam is on Wednesday! Thanks.
send me the questions i l try to help u out with explanation my freind did well in it she got only 30 wrong i had discussed this form with her send me the q n i also did nbme in the end n i got 190 tht ws the lowest performance i ws also upset cos people usually do well in it .
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send me the questions i l try to help u out with explanation my freind did well in it she got only 30 wrong i had discussed this form with her send me the q n i also did nbme in the end n i got 190 tht ws the lowest performance i ws also upset cos people usually do well in it .
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Please proceed with caution.
If your eligibility isnt up, pls pay the fee and move your exam at least a month preferably.
One of the most important things one needs to do well in this exam is confidence.
Your NBME score affects your confidence, and that can even affect how one answers questions on exam day, because one is in fear of failure.
Its way too close to borderline, truth of the matter is that you can pass, but you can also fail. Take it from me been there more than 1x before.

Dont take the exam before you are ready, and you will know when you are ready.
What were your scores on the other NBMEs you took. There should be some progress from those ones. If there isnt, its a red flag that there is a connection missing.
You see the NBME isnt about memorizing answers, but using it as a tool to see how the USMLE folks think.
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I think I also have to agree with Lena on this. Confidence can mean everything.
It would be best to know your other NBME scores to decide whether you're ready or not.

I also agree with what qurat21 said, who ended up scoring more on the real deal than on NBMEs, but you have to see some progress and if it is borderline, then I suggest to postpone until you are ready.

Do analyse your situation Hope2Pass. All my blessings go out to you in hope that you can make honor of your username.
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Please proceed with caution.
If your eligibility isnt up, pls pay the fee and move your exam at least a month preferably.
One of the most important things one needs to do well in this exam is confidence.
Your NBME score affects your confidence, and that can even affect how one answers questions on exam day, because one is in fear of failure.
Its way too close to borderline, truth of the matter is that you can pass, but you can also fail. Take it from me been there more than 1x before.

Dont take the exam before you are ready, and you will know when you are ready.
What were your scores on the other NBMEs you took. There should be some progress from those ones. If there isnt, its a red flag that there is a connection missing.
You see the NBME isnt about memorizing answers, but using it as a tool to see how the USMLE folks think.
Thanks for your message. Unfortunately I can't extend my exam but my NBME performance has jumped up a 100 points from a month ago. Now I am hoping for some God's magic and good luck to get above 210 on my next NBME/Exam! :sorry:
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I think I also have to agree with Lena on this. Confidence can mean everything.
It would be best to know your other NBME scores to decide whether you're ready or not.

I also agree with what qurat21 said, who ended up scoring more on the real deal than on NBMEs, but you have to see some progress and if it is borderline, then I suggest to postpone until you are ready.

Do analyse your situation Hope2Pass. All my blessings go out to you in hope that you can make honor of your username.
Thank you for the kind words! lol
Actually, I decided to keep that as my username after my 1st day of Biochem when I was in 2nd year of med school! But yes, It clearly applies to my NBME's and Step 1 exam as well! Thanks for all the good wishes and I hope I do good!
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Wow...Just finished reviewing my NBME. And to my surprise, I found atleast 25 questions to which I made stupid mistakes, got double minded and changed my answer from the correct to wrong! Clearly this shows that you have to confident in marking your answer and not go back to it and change it (as tootsie and lena mentioned)!! Jeez I hope i dont make such mistakes in the exam. Thanks though everyone

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I strongly advice to go through the 3-5 star topics that DIT suggests in first aid, and going through the subjects which you didn't do so well on your nbme...Trying to do all first aid in the last week is to demanding, and you won't concentrate on the knowledge but you'll only be thinking about how to finish it. The day before the exam do anything but study, watch movies, tv shows, exercise, whatever. BUT DON`T STUDY!!! You will try to learn everything you couldn't learn in months in just one day, so the only thing you'll gain is get overstressed and anxious. The exam is doable, many concepts are basic stuff , and the most important thing is to read the questions carefully, silly mistakes in the exam occur very often, remember, it is a 7 hour marathon, so try to be in shape before it, don't overwork yourself this week, try to relax and focus on your weak spots.
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I strongly advice to go through the 3-5 star topics that DIT suggests in first aid, and going through the subjects which you didn't do so well on your nbme...Trying to do all first aid in the last week is to demanding, and you won't concentrate on the knowledge but you'll only be thinking about how to finish it. The day before the exam do anything but study, watch movies, tv shows, exercise, whatever. BUT DON`T STUDY!!! You will try to learn everything you couldn't learn in months in just one day, so the only thing you'll gain is get overstressed and anxious. The exam is doable, many concepts are basic stuff , and the most important thing is to read the questions carefully, silly mistakes in the exam occur very often, remember, it is a 7 hour marathon, so try to be in shape before it, don't overwork yourself this week, try to relax and focus on your weak spots.
Hi! Thanks for the info. I do not have DIT. Do you know where I can get the 3-5 star Topics? I think you are right. I started FA but already I am stressing to see if I can finish it in 3 days or not so I can the next NBME! I think I will go over the HY topics and the charts and tables.
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Hey Hope,
Just browsing through the forum and saw your post and thought I'd comment. I'm not sure why you can't extend your testing period, but please please try to figure it out and extend. In you post you said there were lots of silly mistakes, so it seems like you know your stuff but seriously, you need to be able to pass the NBME comfortably before taking the test. You have put way too much work into preparing for this to stop when you're so close to the finish line. You don't want to pass with such a low score it's difficult to match, or fail and have to do this all over again with a failure on your record. If you don't pass an NBME with at least 200, please don't take the test.
That being said, be confident in yourself and continue pushing hard, a big part of conquering the test is just being confident.
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Just browsing through the forum and saw your post and thought I'd comment. I'm not sure why you can't extend your testing period, but please please try to figure it out and extend. In you post you said there were lots of silly mistakes, so it seems like you know your stuff but seriously, you need to be able to pass the NBME comfortably before taking the test. You have put way too much work into preparing for this to stop when you're so close to the finish line. You don't want to pass with such a low score it's difficult to match, or fail and have to do this all over again with a failure on your record. If you don't pass an NBME with at least 200, please don't take the test.
That being said, be confident in yourself and continue pushing hard, a big part of conquering the test is just being confident.
Good luck, you are in my prayers!
Hello heights,

Thank you for your post. I can't extend my eligibility period because earlier I had signed up for the step1 too early (without realizing that I wouldn't finish on time) and have already extended it one time. My eligibility period ends in September.

However, my NBME scores have been improving and seeing that I still have 2 more NBME's to give - 12 and 7 - I am pushing myself to at least pass with 200-210 and then just go for it in the real thing! I hope I get through and get a decent mark so I can move on!

Thanks for all your help during this process!
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Hey, I'd have to agree with heights on this..

Confidence is 50% of the game! Rest is child's play (relatively haha)

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lol thanks. I will have to go through with it. Theres no stepping back at this point. And I've already watched it 3 times! haha this was the best part lol
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Hello heights,

Thank you for your post. I can't extend my eligibility period because earlier I had signed up for the step1 too early (without realizing that I wouldn't finish on time) and have already extended it one time. My eligibility period ends in September.

However, my NBME scores have been improving and seeing that I still have 2 more NBME's to give - 12 and 7 - I am pushing myself to at least pass with 200-210 and then just go for it in the real thing! I hope I get through and get a decent mark so I can move on!

Thanks for all your help during this process!
you can still book a new 3 month period if you dont take it by end of sept...ull just have to reapply and pay the full exam fee again (780)...which is not a big deal in the larger picture!
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I have just completed NBME 11 . Got 490/219
I think it should be your silly mistakes that lead to low score.
But as i think if you read FA completely,u can reach ur goal easily.

Btw if u got keys for NBME 11 please send me link.
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Hello heights,

Thank you for your post. I can't extend my eligibility period because earlier I had signed up for the step1 too early (without realizing that I wouldn't finish on time) and have already extended it one time. My eligibility period ends in September.

However, my NBME scores have been improving and seeing that I still have 2 more NBME's to give - 12 and 7 - I am pushing myself to at least pass with 200-210 and then just go for it in the real thing! I hope I get through and get a decent mark so I can move on!

Thanks for all your help during this process!
I took mine on the very last day of my eligibility period. If you are taking next week, that means there's prob 9 more days after your exam before the end of september. Can you think about trying to schedule for the last day instead. 9 days can mean a lot, with some folks its a 10-20 points increase if done correctly.
You mention going up 100 points from last NBME, but it still had you at 172. I've been down that road many times, and know how I felt then and how I felt when I did it right. You really dont need this tension the last week of your exam.But if thats what you are sticking with, then I pray for the best and God's grace.

DIT is great but only if you have used it before,, at this point, I'm not sure. Not sure how many of the 3-5 stars came out on mine, remember everyone's exam is different.
Take the other NBME with enough time to review it. Spend time on the studentdoc forums, where people explain the answers and concept for those NBMEs (11,12 and 7)
Skip the free 150 the last day, you need to be winding down the last day, doing questions will wear you down, stick to notes if possible.
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you can still book a new 3 month period if you dont take it by end of sept...ull just have to reapply and pay the full exam fee again (780)...which is not a big deal in the larger picture!

Thanks, I'll consider it after taking my next 2 NBME's and if there is improvement then I will go ahead with the test. But either way, I think my mind is set to just go for it. I know my NBME performance has been bad but I know I can improve in this last week. Lets see how it all turns out! Quite a stretch and rough week lol
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I have just completed NBME 11 . Got 490/219
I think it should be your silly mistakes that lead to low score.
But as i think if you read FA completely,u can reach ur goal easily.

Btw if u got keys for NBME 11 please send me link.

Thanks. I dont have the key for NBME 11. I think if you google it, you might come across something. I had some friends help me out with the questions I got wrong but I dont have the full NBME key.
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I took mine on the very last day of my eligibility period. If you are taking next week, that means there's prob 9 more days after your exam before the end of september. Can you think about trying to schedule for the last day instead. 9 days can mean a lot, with some folks its a 10-20 points increase if done correctly.
You mention going up 100 points from last NBME, but it still had you at 172. I've been down that road many times, and know how I felt then and how I felt when I did it right. You really dont need this tension the last week of your exam.But if thats what you are sticking with, then I pray for the best and God's grace.

DIT is great but only if you have used it before,, at this point, I'm not sure. Not sure how many of the 3-5 stars came out on mine, remember everyone's exam is different.
Take the other NBME with enough time to review it. Spend time on the studentdoc forums, where people explain the answers and concept for those NBMEs (11,12 and 7)
Skip the free 150 the last day, you need to be winding down the last day, doing questions will wear you down, stick to notes if possible.

Hi Lena,
I haven't used DIT before. I just printed out a list of 2-5 stars topics and was planning on going over FA from the start to end and looking over those topics in particular. Then I was going to skim over it at a fast pace. Thank you for your concern. I am quite worried about the test (more for my next 2 NBME's at the moment that the real exam lol). I think I will do the free 150 2 days before the exam and on the last day just read one of those rapid review charts (like the one at the back of FA).
Thank you!
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I haven't used DIT before. I just printed out a list of 2-5 stars topics and was planning on going over FA from the start to end and looking over those topics in particular. Then I was going to skim over it at a fast pace. Thank you for your concern. I am quite worried about the test (more for my next 2 NBME's at the moment that the real exam lol). I think I will do the free 150 2 days before the exam and on the last day just read one of those rapid review charts (like the one at the back of FA).
Thank you!
Hey Hope, where did you find that list of star topics? It would certainly help to know those because just those will be enough to boost your confidence. I don't know how many times you've done goljan audio before, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to listen to him when you're tired or bored of reading.
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Hey Hope, where did you find that list of star topics? It would certainly help to know those because just those will be enough to boost your confidence. I don't know how many times you've done goljan audio before, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to listen to him when you're tired or bored of reading.
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Hey Hope, just want to wish you all the best, you seem like a really strong person and I feel confident if you can push yourself through this. Going by your NBME performance is good. Definitely try to fit in the free 150 (I did mine 2 days before test and reviewed things i wasn't 100% comfortable on, paid off because got a few very conceptually similar questions on the exam, even got 2 exact same figures with slightly different questions).
Good luck again and stay strong!!!
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Hey Hope, just want to wish you all the best, you seem like a really strong person and I feel confident if you can push yourself through this. Going by your NBME performance is good. Definitely try to fit in the free 150 (I did mine 2 days before test and reviewed things i wasn't 100% comfortable on, paid off because got a few very conceptually similar questions on the exam, even got 2 exact same figures with slightly different questions).
Good luck again and stay strong!!!
Thanks for all your advice Heights! I will do the free 150 Hopefully the exam goes well!
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Hey guys,

So exam day is TOMORROW !!!

I needed help with NBME 12 answers. I have the questions I got wrong since I got the extended feedback. Can someone help me with the answers ?

Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers!
I hope it goes good lol

Thanks for all your support!
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I know you will perform well..Good Luck.
In which questions u have doubt? I will tell u answer ,if i remember it.
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Hey guys,

So exam day is TOMORROW !!!

I needed help with NBME 12 answers. I have the questions I got wrong since I got the extended feedback. Can someone help me with the answers ?

Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers!
I hope it goes good lol

Thanks for all your support!
Hey hope, did you give another NBME? what was your score and how did you do in 150 questions?

All the best. My best wishes with you. And not hope but am sure you will pass
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Hey guys,

So exam day is TOMORROW !!!

I needed help with NBME 12 answers. I have the questions I got wrong since I got the extended feedback. Can someone help me with the answers ?

Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers!
I hope it goes good lol

Thanks for all your support!

search and check out studentdoctor forums, there is a thread for NBME 12, if you google "NBME12 answer", you'll find it.
How did you do on that???
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Hey guys,

So exam day is TOMORROW !!!

I needed help with NBME 12 answers. I have the questions I got wrong since I got the extended feedback. Can someone help me with the answers ?

Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers!
I hope it goes good lol

Thanks for all your support!
All the best. Just go ahead with ur confidence, u ll come out in flying colors.
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Good luck tomorrow! Remember: don't change any answers unless you are a 100% sure!
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May God be with you on your exam tomorrow, Hope.

Remember, trust in yourself, you've got tools.

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Thanks everyone for the wishes! I am off to bed and tomorrow is the big Judgement day..Independence day..lol I will reply to everyones msgs after my exam! Thank you for the good luck!
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Thanks everyone for the wishes! I am off to bed and tomorrow is the big Judgement day..Independence day..lol I will reply to everyones msgs after my exam! Thank you for the good luck!
Why are you not asleep yet lol.. its midnight man.. get like 12 hrs of sleep!
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Thanks everyone! I am finally done with Step 1. I will post up my exam day experience soon. Thanks
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Congratulations!!!!! Relax, relax, relax! i know it might be tempting to agonize over the questions, but try to resist the temptation and allow yourself the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments and congratulate yourself. Wishing you all the best for a bright future!
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I have posted my exam day experience here - Hope2Pass Exam Day Experience

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