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Default 2 weeks left, need advice! NBME 13 (430/213) am I ready?!

Hey friends,
I'm new here, need some input from you guys.
I'm an US-IMG graduated 3 years ago. My step1 exam is in two weeks.
My goal is 225-235. I plan to take the step 2 CK and CS 3-4 months from now and apply for residency this fall.

I have gone through Kaplan(x1) long time ago, DIT (1/2) was not helpful so stopped, Goljan(x1), Pathoma(x1), UW(x1), USMLE Rx (1/2). Trying to go over all the incorrect UW questions now (800 of them). I plan to take the UWSA and perhaps 1 more NBME.

Do you think I'll be ready in 2 weeks? Should I postpone it to 3 weeks from now? What should I focus on for the next two weeks?? Do Pathoma and UW one more time?? Finish USMLE Rx / Qmax?? All of them?

Any advice and encouragement would be appreciated, thanks so much!! God bless!!

Jan 10th, 2014
NBME 7 = 320/ 190

Jan 18th, 2014
NBME 11 = 300/ 185

Feb 3rd, 2014
NBME 12 = 340/ 194

Feb 6th, 2014
USMLE Rx Stimulated 1 = (67%) 224

Feb 16th, 2014
USMLE Rx Stimulated 2 = (67%) 224

March 17th, 2014
NBME 13 = 430/ 213

March 23rd, 2014
UW Overall: 50% (random, timed/timed tutor)
UW Average of last 8 blocks: 62% (random, timed)
USMLE Rx/Qmax overall: 70%

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First, to postpone or not to postpone depends on the stress factor, are you someone who studies better under stress or does stress overwhelm your brain and it becomes functionless? If stress boosts you then don't pospone and keep on studying for another week and do another NBME. If the stress is frying your brains out then I recommend you postpone from now and book your exam 5 weeks form now.

What to do with the rest of your time depends on your answer to the first question. If you're not postponing then redo UWORLD for the second time (I believe it's the MOST important and will get you 220sh-30sh). If that's the case then just read UWORLD thoroughly along with your FA ONLY. If you feel you can squeeze anything in the upcoming 2-3 weeks then you can add pathoma.

If you're postponing from now, then you can finish REX and redo UWORLD and FA in 5 weeks I guess.

BEST OF LUCK. Hang in there, you're veeeeeeeeery close to your dream
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