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Old 03-13-2015
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Default Step 1, 241

Canadian IMG at Caribbean School

Did DIT 2013 twice
FA 3-4 times
Pathoma once
Pass program once
Kaplan DVD : only did some while in school

DID ALL BANKS: KAPLAN (74%, timed), RX (80%,timed) AND UWORLD (1 st 68% but did not check answer), 1-2 months after, second time 78%, now checked answer and reasoning) ALWAYS RANDOM and TIMED

NBME 7: 550 (still in school)
NBME 11: 470 (2 months before test)
NBME 12: 400 (still in school)
NBME 13: 530 (2 months before test)
NBME 15: 470 (2 months before test)
UWSA 1: 265 (2 weeks before the test)
UWSA 2: 260 (2 weeks before the test)
NBME 16: 550 (2 weeks before test)

In those last 2 weeks, I almost become super-human, and madly started to memorize first-aid and did knew it inside-out, but I had nothing to test how much better I got over the two last weeks. Did some Uworld questions again in order not to get rusty (was getting 85-90 %)

Day before the test, slept ok. Was very nervous in the morning.

Step 1 Score : 241 (was pretty sad for 2 days (got results this wednesday, had dreams of above 250)

I freaked out in the first block. Super nervous and anxious. Over $80,000 at a Caribbean school for the test of my life will make anyone nervous, but I think this actually killed my score. Did not answer 12 questions in the first block and flagged 14 questions in first block. So 26 question in first block that I think I must have bombed, because I could not think straight.Magical became super calm from block 2-7 and start thinking with extreme clarity and logic, on average only 6-8 questions were flagged per block.

Guys, please don't nervous. I did and I messed what could have been an awesome score.


Still bitter about the 241. Will try to bounce back on step 2 ck.

Thanks guys

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Thumbs Up Well done- Get ready for the next step

Thanks for sharing your experience.

It sounds like you did everything you could so there is no point being disappointed. It is true everyone could always do better but when you know you did all you could, then it is time to move on to do the next step after a sweet break.

I am a UK graduate doing neurosurgery and want to come to US for my training. I wonder how long it took you to do all these? Is there anything you would have done differently?
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Hey Ardalan,

I am just a 2nd year medical student (well now 3rd). I am just starting my rotations. You need ask a IMG from india or anywhere else,because they write all USMLE steps in a sequential or a non-sequential manner within the span of 1 or 2 years. those guys will be very useful to you.

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I just finished my basic sciences. Would you recommend I go through Kaplan/First Aid once before or start jumping into the Qbanks now even though my basic sciences might be a bit weak. I'm thinking about starting with Kaplan Qbank, Rx and then UWORLD for the end. What would you recommend? Thank you and congrats that's still an amazing score.
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Also would you recommend the Pass Program live lecture?
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Default Step 1 Results (march 2015)

Ok guys, so this post is long overdue.
I am posting mostly to help others who may have a question or two about how to tackle this exam especially for those of us who are graduates and loathe the thought of going back to basic sciences.

My step 1 score released on March 11th was 235 (now, it's not uber uber great, not the 250 and 260 that you see all over the blogs but I will take it 'cos I left all my hard core studying till very late and could have done much better).

Study materials - First Aid and USMLE world (that's it!). I just could not use too many materials. Had no time or money to splurge.

Study plan:
- I started studying in September 2014. Mostly off and on. I was working full time as a medicine trainee in the UK so with work/ on call shifts and everything else my studying was all over the place.
- I went over first aid twice whilst in the UK.
- I used USMLE world in the untimed fashion, mixed questions. I went over the answers for ALL questions whether right or wrong and made notes. I made so many notes I could publish books in volumes.
20questions took about 3hrs because it took me that long to go over everything.

- I left my training program in the UK and moved to the US in January to join my family. I went on holiday (crazy idea) and then came back and realized I only had 2weeks to study.
- I studied about 14hrs/day for 2weeks (not healthy, I know, and I would not recommend it). I went over all my FA notes (three times in total) and Uworld notes. I only managed to complete 70% of Uworld.

Exam day
- I was super nervous as you would expect.
- First block was the hardest, but i think that was mostly because my brain was warming up. Once I got the hang of it, it got better.
- By the 6th and 7th block I was ready to be over and done with it but just kept willing my brain to concentrate.
Remember, you have prepared for months! DO NOT let the frustration of sitting for 8hrs get the best of you.
- I had 10-12mins at the end of each block to go over marked questions. Do not spend too much time on one question. Learn to read fast and grasp what concept the question is asking in a short time span. Practice doing this with Uworld.

- If I can do it, so can you, as cliche as it might sound!. This test requires hard work and sacrifice so be willing to give up all pleasures of life for a few weeks.
- I am confident that with Uworld and FA, any IMG can score high enough.
- If I had completed Uworld and spent more time with aggressive studying I would have done even better. Anyone can conquer this exam!.
- UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS...I cannot stress this enough. They will ask the same question in a hundred different ways. UWorld helps you master this trick. It will be your best friend.
- Having clinical knowledge is a plus as well.

Next - Conquer step 2 CK!

I hope this helps. If anyone has questions (including my UK IMGs out there, few as we may be), please ask.
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