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Finally received my step 1 score today, I want to thank God, my family, and all the people that helped me in this journey, including this amazing forum.
My preparation started on and off after my graduation of medical school, February 2011, reading and watching Kaplan Lectures. Kaplan lectures are really good, they have most of the material tested on step 1, and some material that I consider is more like for completeness sake, but not really testable.

On April I started DIT online, it is really great. After going through kaplan, DIT was a great way to review first aid, and connecting facts and topics that are somehow spread throughout the book, besides the constant testing which creates a more interactive experience. It is really good, and it is not time consuming, can be easily done in 15 days.
After DIT, I continued with kaplan QBANK, it is really important to do as much questions as you can. It is a really good qbank, besides there are some explanations that will bring you back memories with your good old kaplan lecturers. The only flaw is that sometimes they ask you really esoteric stuff, my personal opinion is they do it to make it harder. Kaplan Qbank can be completed in less than a month, leaving enough time to review important questions.

UWORLD, bought it with two months plus the two self assessments, really great qbank, the best in my opinion, questions are less straight forward than any other qbank, or assessment. This qbank is designed to make you think. Even calculation questions are made to be multiple stepped. As Kaplan qbank, can be completed in less than a month, but since it is such an important qbank, I kept it another month to go through every explanation again, I didn't do the qbank again, I only went through explanations.
This last month going thorugh uworld explanations, I started doing the assessments. Since doing questions was really important, I bought 1 month of usmlerx, it is a good qbank, many people say it is not good enough, but I consider it a great way to go through first aid again, and to keep on doing questions. I decided to do a assessment every week, leaving a week for my exam, and doing the free 150 questions two days before the exam.

UWSA 1 - 4 weeks before exam - 235
UWSA 2 - 3 weeks before exam - 252
NBME 11 - 2 weeks before exam - 233
NBME 12 - 1 week before exam - 231
Free 150 questions - 2 days before exam - 83%

Day before exam - Anxiety, I tried to cover everything in one day, creating nothing but doubts . At 11 am, I decided it was time to just relax, I watched TV, talked with friends over the phone etc...
EXAM DAY - I didn`t sleep so good, but I ate a quick breakfast and prepare some snacks and lunch to take to the prometric center. Staff in the prometric center is great, everybody is very kind and helpful.
Step 1 is a really doable test, if you study the material, it is funny how everything starts to pop up, like if you are going through a qbank, which is why I feel it is really important to do questions. I'm not so sure about the existence of experimental questions, but if they exist, don't think they are questions out of this world or the material, in my opinion they are questions about the same stuff you've been studying, but they are testing thm to include them in their question bank.
After the exam, I first felt happy because I was done, mentally tired. But after a few hours the questions I had doubts started to haunt me, I looked them up and most of them were wrong!!!! I felt horrible, like I failed the exam, totally hopeless, but as time went by the feeling started to fade (mostly when I was celebrating with friends). SO don't worry, everbody feels bad after the exam.

Thanks to all the people in this forum, I always looked up the forum for new questions, or information, it is really useful. It also makes you feel you are not alone, and gives you variety in your preparation. I think it is really important to approach the exam in as many ways as you can, reading, watching videos, hearing goljan (I heard goljan anytime I could, while driving, working out etc...), drawing out pathways and diagrams, going through the forum, and doing as much questions as you can.
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its really good score...best of luck for step 2
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Congrats, thats a pretty nice score and again your nbme showed that way!!! God bless u.
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How many times did u go through Kaplan?

I was thinking of skipping LN and putting Kaplan videos material into Fa and reviewing my FA? what u think?

I don't have bucks to do DIT.....u think.. a person can master FA without it....

How many hours did u study everyday?
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How many times did u go through Kaplan?

I was thinking of skipping LN and putting Kaplan videos material into Fa and reviewing my FA? what u think?

I don't have bucks to do DIT.....u think.. a person can master FA without it....

How many hours did u study everyday?
I went through most of kaplan in the following way: Read the lesson before watching the video, watched the video with the notes annotating important stuff (specially physiology and pharmacology). After doing this for a whole subject (ie. physiology) I went through the whole lecture notes for that subject, which tooked two to three days. I didn't watched the videos for microbiology.

It depends on what I had to do, at first I had to do a lot of postgraduation work, my thesis, and I enrolled in a Research Course. This days I only studied whenever I had the time. Afterwards, in may, I studied almost all day long, it is really hard to tell you a number, but I tried to study most of the day, it is important to find several ways or stuff to cover so you can keep pn with a routine.

A lot of people don't do DIT, but I highly recommend you to go through the 3-5 star topics he highlights in first aid.
DIT makes first aid easier to digest, but if you go through the kaplan lectures first, first aid starts to gain sense, if you only read first aid without prior studying it becomes really boring.

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Congratulations on your score!! You should be very proud of yourself. Thanks so much for letting us know your score and most importantly, for sharing your experience with us.

Awesome score!! Celebrate good times like this one!!!!!

Good luck and God bless you on your following endeavors.
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Congrats... finally a plan similar than mine.

First of all,

Please tell me about DIT.. i really want to do this, but they say last 15 days, but im not sure about giving my last 15 days to DIT.. i want to review UWORLD notes and FA last days.
When do u suggest doing DIT, before qbanks??


Second, what about goljan? did u use it?


How helpfull was DIT for u?

Again Congrats and thanks for sharing!!
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How were your basics when u began prep for the usmle step 1 exam and what kind of student were u in med school?
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Congrats.

how did you use 3-5star topics. were they useful?
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Congrats... finally a plan similar than mine.

First of all,

Please tell me about DIT.. i really want to do this, but they say last 15 days, but im not sure about giving my last 15 days to DIT.. i want to review UWORLD notes and FA last days.
When do u suggest doing DIT, before qbanks??


Second, what about goljan? did u use it?


How helpfull was DIT for u?

Again Congrats and thanks for sharing!!
I recommend doing DIT after finishing kaplan lectures, that way, you'll get a whole review of the material using First Aid and some extra stuff. I definitely found DIT useful.
Goljan is great, I heard his audios any time I could, but, it is time consuming, so after hearing him twice, I found his audio in a written pdf file, which I read twice. It misses some stuff, but it helps.
If I went through step 1 again I would do two things, get his Rapid Review book (which I bought after step 1 anyways) and using it after the kaplan lectures and DIT, and do the kaplan qbook section after going through each kaplan lecture subject.
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I recommend doing DIT after finishing kaplan lectures, that way, you'll get a whole review of the material using First Aid and some extra stuff. I definitely found DIT useful.
Goljan is great, I heard his audios any time I could, but, it is time consuming, so after hearing him twice, I found his audio in a written pdf file, which I read twice. It misses some stuff, but it helps.
If I went through step 1 again I would do two things, get his Rapid Review book (which I bought after step 1 anyways) and using it after the kaplan lectures and DIT, and do the kaplan qbook section after going through each kaplan lecture subject.

Thankyou man, the reason i asked about DIT... is because the guy says that most of what he says is high yield and he wants u to have it fresh on your mind , and that's why he advices at last. But coming from u i trust u. So bottom line, u say, after reviewing all material, before qbanks.
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The only thing I could remember about biochemistry is that there was something called the Krebs cycle. Other than that, a lot of material seemed new to me, since my school is not really strong in basics, it is more clinically oriented.
I consider myself a good student at my school, but there were much brighter students, and also, students who applied more to classes. I used to party a lot.
My idea of step 1, is that more than 50% depends on your discipline, perseverance, and study methods.
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Thankyou man, the reason i asked about DIT... is because the guy says that most of what he says is high yield and he wants u to have it fresh on your mind , and that's why he advices at last. But coming from u i trust u. So bottom line, u say, after reviewing all material, before qbanks.
This is the reason of the 3-5 star topics, keep reviewing them, and also give them some time on your last week. You can also keep on reviewing his handouts, which you can do, one a day, that why you'll keep reviewing important high yield stuff without wasting too much time.
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Congrats.

how did you use 3-5star topics. were they useful?
When I reviewed first aid I gaved them more importance, also, the last week I went through them a couple of times.
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congrats!!

great score!


how much did u get in ur uw??
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great score!


how much did u get in ur uw??
Thanks, I got 67% in uworld, qbanks are more learning material than assessments, sometimes I got high scores, and suddenly it dropped to a low score.
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Congrats on your score!

Thanks for your post!! Best of luck!!
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How did you felt immuno?
Do you think you need Kaplan Videos for it?
Im finishing reading the KLN but not sure to do the videos....might be too much time consuming.
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Congrats on the awesome score . I need your suggestion on how to approach some of the difficult questions you come across Q banks . Some are doable but you feel these sort of stuff wont be questioned in the real exam and some of the explanations you think are too much . Very few , but you do come across stuff like these . Am i being way too casual and should i be stressing on each and every explanation and question in qbanks . Thanks a ton .
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Hi...Congrats on a great score...How was the distribution of subjects..? did u get a lot a of molecular biology, genetics & biochem?
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Congrats!
How did you felt immuno?
Do you think you need Kaplan Videos for it?
Im finishing reading the KLN but not sure to do the videos....might be too much time consuming.
Lately Immunology has gain a lot of hype, I consider the questions to be really fair; hypersensitivity reactions and type, transplant rejections, immune disorders.
A friend who attended the live kaplan lectures said to me that the most important chapters are the last ones, I think from 10 to 15 in the kaplan notes. But the first chapters are important because they give you the basics.
I watched the videos once, and I think you can watch them in a short period of time, it all depends on how you feel about the material, if you feel you understand it without the videos, there is no need for them.
Videos helped me in VJD recombination, which I couldn't understand from the notes alone, which at the end was not tested on my exam, but you never know...
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Congrats on the awesome score . I need your suggestion on how to approach some of the difficult questions you come across Q banks . Some are doable but you feel these sort of stuff wont be questioned in the real exam and some of the explanations you think are too much . Very few , but you do come across stuff like these . Am i being way too casual and should i be stressing on each and every explanation and question in qbanks . Thanks a ton .
Thanks, I found two types of difficult questions in qbanks:
1. WTF questions - these are tough because they ask you stuff you didn`t see anywhere during your preparation, you looked them up and you couldn't find the answer in your material. Or they are asking you something really detailed.
Eg. the infamous aminoacid pka question in Uworld, and a lot of questions in kaplan qbank are of this sort.
2.Multiple level questions - these are the questions that make uworld a tough qbank, but they are great because they help you integrate all the material. Even in statistics, uworld says that you will not find that kind of questions in the real test, but they help you master the basic concepts. Read carefully all questions, some of them have little details that change the whole concept.

Try to cover all the material you are studying, but focus on high yield stuff. Step 1 is about applying basic principles and mechanisms of disease to clinical practice, all the questions are in clinical vignette.

My not so good advice would be, if you find something that is really hard to you, and find it is not high yield, don't loose to much of your time with it, sacrifice it, the odds of it being in your exam are lower than other really important concepts you really need to know.
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Hi...Congrats on a great score...How was the distribution of subjects..? did u get a lot a of molecular biology, genetics & biochem?
The exam is evenly distributed. I felt I had a lot of biochemistry, but it can be because I remembered many of the questions since I had some doubts about them.
Definitely I had a lot of statistics questions, know your equations, the first 4 or 5 pages of first aid behavioral science are golden, and practice a lot.

One of the things I learned from NBMEs and step 1, is that when they ask you a question, and among the answers there is a cardiovascular concept, a gastrointestinal concept, a renal concept and a pulmonary concept for example, even if the answer is a cardiovascular concept, they count the questions as if they are asking you about all the systems included in it. So, they may be testing you about different stuff without doing it in a direct way.
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congrats,and thnx for sharing
so nbme has an excellent correlation and uswa overpredicts
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so nbme has an excellent correlation and uswa overpredicts
Thanks, it seems that way. Although uswa are important because they ask you the most recent tested material, so it is good to go through them with time, and also you get the benefit of explanations, which are not included in the NBME.
I attribute NBME`s accuracy to the fact that they ask you similar concepts to the ones you get in the exam.
I've been reading that some of the NBME questions are the same questions as in step 1....DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE!!!! -they are not the same questions, they look really similar, maybe the picture is the same, but they'll ask you something different. I made this mistake, I thought, this is exactly the same question as NBME 12, and I answered as I remembered answering it, afterwards I found out it was not the same question, but really similar.
So, the main point, is to read questions carefully... the people that make this test knows that some of their questions are already known, so they twist questions around to make sure that you really know the concept, which is what matters at the end.
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Congrats on the great score..!! On the whole how long did the whole prep take?? And how do you know which topics are 3-5 stars??Good luck for step2..!!
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Hey so as you can see done my lecture on Immuno and Micro
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One question: how did you manage to learn all the formulas on pharm...did did you find it difficult the pharm portion you got?
And about your schedule how many hours a day you dedicate to study...Im averaging 8 to 10 hours on a good day!
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Congrats on the great score..!! On the whole how long did the whole prep take?? And how do you know which topics are 3-5 stars??Good luck for step2..!!
Thanks, I started halfway February and did my exam August 30th. so more or less 7 and a half month. Really started studying full time from April till August, 5 months.
Doctors in training details 3-5 star topics in itīs lectures.
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Hey so as you can see done my lecture on Immuno and Micro
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One question: how did you manage to learn all the formulas on pharm...did did you find it difficult the pharm portion you got?
And about your schedule how many hours a day you dedicate to study...Im averaging 8 to 10 hours on a good day!
Practice, practice, practice. Try to practice equations the more you can, even if you memorize them, if you don't apply them, it is harder for you to really know how to use them. This goes for both pharmaco and statistics.
Pharm equations are asked in a basic form in the real exam, when I did UWorld I was really worried about them, because they ask you equations in a more elaborated way, but at the end, it helped, because when faced with easier questions I could answer them
It is really hard to give you an average of how many hours I studied per day, but 8 to 10 hours is a really good average. I studied everyday, I tend to deviate from time to time, but I think is healthy also, try not to get too tired, sometimes we are trying to study without really getting information in our brain, so every now and then try to take a break.
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So did you get a lot of questions from this 3-5 star materials..?

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I really have good days from now and then...like twice a week
Weekends are hard cause need to do lots of stuff!
So when Im home back from work I can sit 2 hours and thats it for the day...which is really bad but I try to compensate with the good days that I do 6 to 8 hours...mixing videos with reading and flash cards helps not to be bored with one only thing.
So how you manage when you get bored? Try doing something else form the lectures or you try to force your self to stay focus?
Thats the hard part for me...I get easily distracted!
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So did you get a lot of questions from this 3-5 star materials..?
Honestly, I really did. First Aid is a highly regarded book for the information it contains, and within that information, there is material that is most likely tested than other, so try to take a look to those 3-5 star topics, besides, you'll also be reviewing first aid.
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I really have good days from now and then...like twice a week
Weekends are hard cause need to do lots of stuff!
So when Im home back from work I can sit 2 hours and thats it for the day...which is really bad but I try to compensate with the good days that I do 6 to 8 hours...mixing videos with reading and flash cards helps not to be bored with one only thing.
So how you manage when you get bored? Try doing something else form the lectures or you try to force your self to stay focus?
Thats the hard part for me...I get easily distracted!
I tried to do as many different things as I could, one thing that really helped me was to write down important stuff, or making drawings or diagrams.
For example, the brachial plexus, once you draw it a few times you'll recall it easily, also the thalamus and its nucleus. Diagrams like gram postive and gram negative organisms are also good to do several times. If you don't feel like studying, listen to goljan audios. Some lecture videos are funnier than others, I really enjoyed Dr. Kudrath (Physiology), Dr. Doherty (Behavioral Science)and Dr. Barone`s(Pathology) lectures, so try to watch this if you are not feeling too much like studying.
One of the biggest study boosters I got was to do bad in a determined question bank block, or seeing a concept I had no idea about, it stressed me to some extent in which I needed to study to feel good again.
I definitely recommend to stop working for at least 3-4 months, think of it as an investment, a time in which your main goal will be step 1, this helps to get focus only on the exam.
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Thanks you so much for all your honest and outfront help.
Sometime is easy to feel lost on the path and reading the whole thread is really encouraging!
Its easy to see your effort and your deddication...and it doesn't feel that is far away from reality like some other posts!
I really wish for you lots of blessings and appreciate every piece of advice!!
By the way it doesn't mean I won't come back with more questions
Is just I didn't want yo pass the opportunity to let you know!

Please don't get tired to help others!!
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Doctors in training, is a online and live lecture prep course that includes a 15 day lectures with which you can go through first aid, and also the DIT handouts which are material given by you by the course which include high yield information and questions for you to answer. The lecturer Dr. Brian Jenkins is constantly asking you about the material you are reviewing, making it a more interactive experience, and also makes emphasis on which topics are more high yield than others.
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First of all,CONGRATS for the achievement!really well done!!!

can you pleaseeeeeeeeeee help me out!!!

well,i have given 2 reads of kaplan for all subjects but for path i did Goljan (that too twice).i am correctly doing uworld and about halfway through with a cumulative score of 72% (timed,unused,all).i took NBME 12 a few days back and did horribly,scoring a 370 and i was highly dishearted.My exam was on the 5th of October,now I have postponed it to 27th October.I still have half of uworld left and I want to finish FA atleast 3 times before the exam.I plan on taking NBME 11 and 7 after my uworld.My weak areas were biochemistry,biostats,and neuroanatomy.

Can you advice me how to improve these areas?And is it enough time to be fully prepared for the exam by next month?I am sooo confused!!! will i be able to score in the high 90s???i don't want to delay this exam any further.my triad ends on 30th october..
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First of all,CONGRATS for the achievement!really well done!!!

can you pleaseeeeeeeeeee help me out!!!

well,i have given 2 reads of kaplan for all subjects but for path i did Goljan (that too twice).i am correctly doing uworld and about halfway through with a cumulative score of 72% (timed,unused,all).i took NBME 12 a few days back and did horribly,scoring a 370 and i was highly dishearted.My exam was on the 5th of October,now I have postponed it to 27th October.I still have half of uworld left and I want to finish FA atleast 3 times before the exam.I plan on taking NBME 11 and 7 after my uworld.My weak areas were biochemistry,biostats,and neuroanatomy.

Can you advice me how to improve these areas?And is it enough time to be fully prepared for the exam by next month?I am sooo confused!!! will i be able to score in the high 90s???i don't want to delay this exam any further.my triad ends on 30th october..
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I know the feeling of not wanting to prolong the exam, you can not be studying for it forever, and you reach a point in which you want to get over with it. I tooked my NBMEs starting two weeks before my actual exam, the advantage you've got, is that you have more time to go through your weaker areas, and finish UWORLD.
Your Uworld score is really really good, so I can see that you know the concepts, but maybe you felt nervous during your NBME (It`s funny that even been a mock exam we can get nervous with it), so be calm, imagine you are just going through UWORLD as you do other assessments, it is very important for you to read questions carefully, imagine the answer, if it is not one of the choices, think why the choices can be correct or incorrect, sometimes you arrive to answers by discarding the wrong ones. I really believe you know your stuff, just be confident.
Make your weak spots stronger, for biostats I recommend you the first aid chapters, specially the first few pages, they are very important, and as you continue doing your uworld questions you'll be getting better on them. For biochemistry I recommend you the same, first aid, plus uworld. Mark your biostats and biochemistry in uworld, so you can go over them.
For neuroanatomy, I recommend for you the High Yield Neuroanatomy book, I like it better than kaplan because it has more pictures, which is the way usmle likes to ask the neuroanatomy questions. And also repeat the first aid plus UWorld.
Believe me, if you have such a high score in UWorld, you know your stuff, you just have to be confident and read the questions carefully, stay calm, relax, you are almost there.
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I really appreciate your reply!!Thanks so much!

I do believe you are right that I was nervous through NBME.I was actually freaked out knowing it's a mock exam.A family member of mine just got diagnosed with Metastatic Lung CA and I have recently been very much disturbed.I wasted a lot of time here and there...

I just wish I can do this realll well!!!

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hey can you recommend some source for molecular bio and behaviour questions.
my exam is after 1 weak.
i have done questions of that 2 topics from uw and kaplan,but still feeling i am week in these subjects
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hey can you recommend some source for molecular bio and behaviour questions.
my exam is after 1 weak.
i have done questions of that 2 topics from uw and kaplan,but still feeling i am week in these subjects
You can try Gunner Training, they have a 1 month free trial which you can use to practice behavioral and molecular biology questions. You have two options while doing gunner training, using the flash card mode, in which you can review the material and then select it to be tested on it, or, you can do normal questions only selecting the topics you want to practice.
Personally I only checked gunner training two days, I was on my last month of preparation and already had usmlerx to practice questions, but I found it to be interesting, and very very cheap compared to other qbanks. It is a good option if you don't have other qbank to go through.
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You can try Gunner Training, they have a 1 month free trial which you can use to practice behavioral and molecular biology questions. You have two options while doing gunner training, using the flash card mode, in which you can review the material and then select it to be tested on it, or, you can do normal questions only selecting the topics you want to practice.
Personally I only checked gunner training two days, I was on my last month of preparation and already had usmlerx to practice questions, but I found it to be interesting, and very very cheap compared to other qbanks. It is a good option if you don't have other qbank to go through.

I have taken some exams in gunner training but i got many repeat questions in same test and it seems very easy compared to uw.
I have practiced behavior from usmlerx also...so i will do mol bio from usmlerx.
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I have taken some exams in gunner training but i got many repeat questions in same test and it seems very easy compared to uw.
I have practiced behavior from usmlerx also...so i will do mol bio from usmlerx.
I agree, Usmlerx is much better than Gunner Training, this is the reason I decided to go with Usmlerx on my last month instead of Gunner Training.
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Hello, ngaleas

Congrats, how your prep now?

I just finished my exam 4 days ago, and I found that i had a really really same feeling with you. Just after exam was finished, i felt so free, but after a couple hours, esp after i checked my doubts qs, i felt so terrible. At least maybe i had done 10 qs incorrectly, when i looked at them..

Now i am afraid of a chance passing this exam..
My NBME 11,12,7 228,217,and 205 respectively.

Could you tell me how your feeling after exam and checked the answer and foud it wrong?

Thanks for sharing..
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Hello, ngaleas

Congrats, how your prep now?

I just finished my exam 4 days ago, and I found that i had a really really same feeling with you. Just after exam was finished, i felt so free, but after a couple hours, esp after i checked my doubts qs, i felt so terrible. At least maybe i had done 10 qs incorrectly, when i looked at them..

Now i am afraid of a chance passing this exam..
My NBME 11,12,7 228,217,and 205 respectively.

Could you tell me how your feeling after exam and checked the answer and foud it wrong?

Thanks for sharing..
Thanks jopau, I know exactly that feeling, I felt terrible, but I realized I had done what I could, your nbme scores definitely project a passing score. Have fun this days, do those things you have postpone, because as time comes you'll be back studying, there is so much to study in medicine, I consider it an endless journey, enjoy it as much as you can.
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firstly i would like to say congrats on your amazing score!!!!

Good job...

Ohk so i wanted to know how long was your total prep for step 1

did you take kaplan live lectures???

How long did it take you to finish all the kaplan subjects???

How many hours a day did you study? How did you divide that time doing questions from qbank and reading???
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Hi. Thanks for sharing. Would you recommend usmle Rx Qbank over usmle consult. I'm in my last month of prep and just want to keep doing practice questions. I'm almost done with Kaplan Qbank. Did uworld twice.
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firstly i would like to say congrats on your amazing score!!!!

Good job...

Ohk so i wanted to know how long was your total prep for step 1

did you take kaplan live lectures???

How long did it take you to finish all the kaplan subjects???

How many hours a day did you study? How did you divide that time doing questions from qbank and reading???
Thank you so much, sorry I haven't reply.

I didn`t take kaplan live lectures, i definitely advice to do so if you have the money, but the best way to do it is study by yourself and then take them as it would be a super powerful review (I had a friend who did this, and ended up with a 246).

Approximately 2 to 3 months to watch all kaplan lectures (I was busy on other stuff).

I tried to study as much as I could throughout the day, although sometimes I found myself thinking and doing other stuff, but I'd advice to excercise regularly, sleep well, and have a plan schedule.

After finishing the lecture notes, I did DIT, which is very helpful, afterwards it was all about questions, 2 blocks daily, review the blocks, and study first aid.
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Hi. Thanks for sharing. Would you recommend usmle Rx Qbank over usmle consult. I'm in my last month of prep and just want to keep doing practice questions. I'm almost done with Kaplan Qbank. Did uworld twice.
I would definitely recommend usmlerx, it helps you retain lots of info, and it is also a morale booster. You'll find it easier than Kaplan and Uworld, but it keeps you in the mood for doing questions. The real exam has a broad variety of questions, some of them are easy and some of them are tough, but the idea of doing as much questions as you can is to keep training your brain for the big day.
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Hello, i have a quick question regarding question banks..

I'm doing uworld for the second time right now...

I haven't finished all my kaplan lectures and videos yet..i'm on the first round of preparing still...

So i was wondering? In initial process of preparing how many blocks of questions should i do a day? And did you type out all the explanations for questions you got wrong? B/c when i do 2 blocks a day..its taking forever.and i'm not getting time to read material later..so what should i do?

And do you think i should sign up for one more qbank now? If yes, which one? Kaplan or usmle rx? Is it better to save usmlerx when i start dit? Towards end of my prep? Or is it better to do it now?

If you can help me out that would be wonderful..thanks again!!!
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Thank you for your post and all the encouraging words.

Just wanted to know how much time did it take for you to finish the first read. I am on my first read and it seems like I am taking almost a month to finish a subject (Kaplan notes with videos). Biochem and Anatomy sure did take a lot of time. I actually left Neuroanatomy because I was nervous as I had to read six more subjects and it was taking a lot of time.

Should I be increasing my speed? I am afraid that I would not be able to grasp things very well if I do so. But on the other hand, I do need to repeat as much as I can(i.e. do as many reads as I can) before the actual exam. I do read 8-10 hours on a good day. I am in quite a dilemma. Please help!

I started from January and am planning to take my step 1 in late September.
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Hello, I'm in the same boat as you

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Congrats on this great score. Have Some few questions here. I am planning of subscribing for both USmlerx and kaplan together with a friend. Can we use both qbanks interchangeably. How do these qbanks work? Does it only work on one computer or 2 to 3 can do? Thanks


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Hello, i have a quick question regarding question banks..

I'm doing uworld for the second time right now...

I haven't finished all my kaplan lectures and videos yet..i'm on the first round of preparing still...

So i was wondering? In initial process of preparing how many blocks of questions should i do a day? And did you type out all the explanations for questions you got wrong? B/c when i do 2 blocks a day..its taking forever.and i'm not getting time to read material later..so what should i do?

And do you think i should sign up for one more qbank now? If yes, which one? Kaplan or usmle rx? Is it better to save usmlerx when i start dit? Towards end of my prep? Or is it better to do it now?

If you can help me out that would be wonderful..thanks again!!!
I think doing two blocks a day is enough, and it is great since both uworld and kaplan qbank can be finished in a month and even have time for review if you do it this way, Usmlerx can take some more time but I don't think it is as important to finish as the other qbanks.
The qbank you want to sign up depends on your preferences, although kaplan has better reviews overall, you'll sometimes find questions that are really strange, you won't find them even on the lecture notes, and the lecture notes have some information beyond the scope of the exam. Usmlerx is less reknown, but it focuses on more high yield stuff, although it might give you a false sense of security since it is easier than the other qbanks. Having said this, the most important qbank is uworld, do any of the qbanks, if you decide to do both do kaplan first and usmlerx for last, as a quick review. Try to do DIT with some time to spare to review the information given before your test and always assess yourself, the latest NBMEs were extremely accurate in my case, UWSA 1 was near, but UWSA 2 highly overestimates.
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Thank you for your post and all the encouraging words.

Just wanted to know how much time did it take for you to finish the first read. I am on my first read and it seems like I am taking almost a month to finish a subject (Kaplan notes with videos). Biochem and Anatomy sure did take a lot of time. I actually left Neuroanatomy because I was nervous as I had to read six more subjects and it was taking a lot of time.

Should I be increasing my speed? I am afraid that I would not be able to grasp things very well if I do so. But on the other hand, I do need to repeat as much as I can(i.e. do as many reads as I can) before the actual exam. I do read 8-10 hours on a good day. I am in quite a dilemma. Please help!

I started from January and am planning to take my step 1 in late September.
I understand how you feel, I felt the same, I'm not sure exactly how much my first read toked, but I was involve in other activities. My advice is to go through those books as thoroughly as you can, but don't have the idea of memorizing everything, try to get a broad idea of everything, because if you try to grasp every single detail it will take forever.
Picture the scenario that after going through the 4th book/subject you'll be forgetting stuff from your first book/subject read. This exam is about concepts, don't bug yourself so much on retaining everything on the first read.
When you start doing questions you'll have a better understanding of what I'm telling you, because you'll start to realize what and how you have to learn things.
8-10 hours of reading a day is great, keep it up.
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Congrats on this great score. Have Some few questions here. I am planning of subscribing for both USmlerx and kaplan together with a friend. Can we use both qbanks interchangeably. How do these qbanks work? Does it only work on one computer or 2 to 3 can do? Thanks


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I definitely advise for you to buy this qbanks on your own, unless you buy them for a period that allows the reset option (which will make it more expensive for you and your friend).
Each qbank gives you a personal assessment and feedback on what you are doing right and wrong, and also gives you the option to go through the questions you haven't used, avoiding repeating the same questions again.
Try to do qbanks in mixed/time mode, this way you are reviewing everything at the same time, and also gearing up yourself for the real deal.
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Thanks a lot or the feed back. I guess I will invest in all 3 banks! All the best in the other steps!!
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THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR HELP...

Actually I wanted to know if you typed out the wrong answer explanations from uworld...?

b/c thats whts taking me forever...i'm only being able to get thr one block b/ c of that...

so what do you suggest now..i'v been having uworld since january 2012..
its almost may now..should i get kaplan qbank for one month? and then do uworld and usmlerx towards end of my prep...?

which nbme's are good...i know form 13 is a newone? how accurate is that compared to forms 7,11,12,?
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congratulations dear for ur score ......... could u plz tell me what n how u studieid for biostats ques..
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THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR HELP...

Actually I wanted to know if you typed out the wrong answer explanations from uworld...?

b/c thats whts taking me forever...i'm only being able to get thr one block b/ c of that...

so what do you suggest now..i'v been having uworld since january 2012..
its almost may now..should i get kaplan qbank for one month? and then do uworld and usmlerx towards end of my prep...?

which nbme's are good...i know form 13 is a newone? how accurate is that compared to forms 7,11,12,?
You are welcome, I didn't typed the explanations, I wrote them down, but only the educational objectives, so I had a quick uworld review.
I would suggest for you to do as much questions as you can, leave the uwsa for later, and the nbmes for last. I only did NBME 11 and 12, they were really accurate for me. Don't know about NBME 13, but you should give it a try, the latest assessments try to be accurate by reflecting the actual exam.
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congratulations dear for ur score ......... could u plz tell me what n how u studieid for biostats ques..
I really enjoyed Kaplan lecture videos for Behavioral Science, this was the foundation for biostatistics, but the best way to master this is to practice this kind of questions as much as you can.
UWORLD is a most! They make biostats questions really tough, so when you find them in the real exam they seem easier. UWorld even states that the difficulty of their biostatistics questions surpasses the exam's question difficulty.
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