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hi friends.I am Dheera.I took step 1 exam on march 26th and got my score 247.It was 9 to 10 months preparation.I am a married woman.at first I used to study for 6 to 7 hrs a day and then I increased my study time to 10 hrs /day.At first I thought that I would not be able to do it bcoz I was an average student at my med school.
My STUDY PLAN:
KAPLAN LECTURE NOTES AND VIDEOS :4 MONTHS(EXCEPT FOR PATHO)I DID GOLIJAN ONCE(GEN PATHO TWICE) AND PATHOMA VIDEOS ONCE
UW FIRST TIME WITH FA :3 MONTHS
UW SECOND TIME WITH FA:3 MONTHS(I DID FA FOR ABOUT 6 TIMES)
DIT VIDEOS:15 DAYS
I took nbmes in the last 3 months in this order.I took all of them online..my scores were
NBME 7:230
NBME11:251(DID IT AFTER DIT)
NBME 13:247
NBME16:245
NBME 17:249
NBME 15:251
For me time management was a nightmare in my nbmes.In some nbmes I used to miss taking a look at 3 or 4 quesns.but i stayed calm and thought to atleast perform well in those quesns which was able to have a look at in the prefixed time.
REAL EXAM:
MY first 3 blocks were the most difficult ones.I marked almost half of the quesns in them.I took a 5 min break after 1 st block and another 10 min break after 3rd block.I felt my last 4 blocks somewhat better than first 3 blocks.took lunch break of 15 mins after 4th block.i took a 10 mins break before my last block.I didnt have time to review even one marked question in all the blocks.I didnt have time to look at even 2 quesns in one block.
I used to worry a lot about biostats and behavioural .they used to be in my lower performance level everytime in my nbmes.
In the real exam I got straight forward quesns in both biostats and behavioural and to my surprise i got star in my behavioural.
behavioural quesns are a lot lot better than those from nbmes.
I felt okay after leaving exam hall.i couldnt asses my performance after the exam probably becoz of mixed kind of quesns i got.
exam mainly composed of pathology quesns.dont worry about anatomy .because they r of very low number and they can be answered by elimination method(some cannot be answered even by that method though!!leave it to GOD) so please mainly concentrate on pathology,physiology,pharmacology.
Try to read golijan if not all chapters atleast first few lessons of general pathology.(atleast go through blue lines in the margin) for systems pathoma is enough.So in my view exam is doable and with some more effort even 240+ is possible.so dont worry and study well .all the best guys

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Did u do additions in fa from kaplan? And are dit videos good?
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Did u do additions in fa from kaplan? And are dit videos good?
I added points from uw into my fa..my fa was loaded with lots of information.I found dit videos helpful
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did u ever do kaplan qbank? so u did uw 2 times? thanks alot and Congrats
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thank you so much for writing your experience.. im married as well.. and have a child.. finding it so difficult some days..
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thank you so much for writing your experience.. im married as well.. and have a child.. finding it so difficult some days..
i know how it would be.but try to be with books as much as you can.discuss with your husband to take charge of everything for a while until you take the exam(atleast last 2 months).study well all the best
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How early from your exam did u start taking nbmes and uwsa?
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congratz on ur success.i have a few Qs to ask if u dont mind:
1. Did u use any Qbank other than UW?
2. Did u use kaplan videos for all subjects or did u omit some ones?
3. Where did u study neuroanatomy from? (if kaplan did u watch its videos?)
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Well done on your score. Can you please share the mean and SD on your score report?? Thanks.
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Congratulations dheera!!! Best of luck for your STEP 2 CK and CS!

and can you elaborate on which DIT videos(2012/2014) did you use and how did you use them and exactly how much important do you consider them?
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How early from your exam did u start taking nbmes and uwsa?
my exam was in march ..i started taking them from january

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congratz on ur success.i have a few Qs to ask if u dont mind:
1. Did u use any Qbank other than UW?
2. Did u use kaplan videos for all subjects or did u omit some ones?
3. Where did u study neuroanatomy from? (if kaplan did u watch its videos?)
I did uw only twice,no other qbank.
yes i used kaplan videos for all subjects.
from kaplan.i watched videos of neuroanat as well from kaplan
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Well done on your score. Can you please share the mean and SD on your score report?? Thanks.
mean is 228 sd is 21
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Congratulations dheera!!! Best of luck for your STEP 2 CK and CS!

and can you elaborate on which DIT videos(2012/2014) did you use and how did you use them and exactly how much important do you consider them?
well,i used dit videos 2014 version.i found it useful because they will revise everything for you with quesns snd answers for each topic.but some people dont do it and they get 250s.i was in 230s and i wanted to improve my score to 240+.many suggested me to do dit o get an increase in the score.and i did it and i could see a difference
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Congratulations on your great score ;-) so happy for you ...
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thanks man!!
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thanks for quick reply
I also forgot to ask:
1. How many times did you go over kaplan LNs?
2. How did you integrate FA with study? i.e. did u start FA after finishing first read from everything? after finishing each subject? please elaborate

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thanks for quick reply
I also forgot to ask:
1. How many times did you go over kaplan LNs?
2. How did you integrate FA with study? i.e. did u start FA after finishing first read from everything? after finishing each subject? please elaborate

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i did kaplan notes first time then did uw along with kaplan notes again along with fa

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Congrats on ur score ��...i started 1 month back ... I have been following ur posts ... I panicked since t exam was odd ..but u guys hav totally nailed it ..all t best for future steps n congrats ...can u guide me ... I'm following kln + pathoma + uworld +da ... I'm confused wether to follow goljan ??... Finished physio along with brs physio .. Are these materials sufficient..??
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heyy congrats... did u study alone or with a study partner?? which is more effective?
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Congrats on ur score ��...i started 1 month back ... I have been following ur posts ... I panicked since t exam was odd ..but u guys hav totally nailed it ..all t best for future steps n congrats ...can u guide me ... I'm following kln + pathoma + uworld +da ... I'm confused wether to follow goljan ??... Finished physio along with brs physio .. Are these materials sufficient..??
yes the books which you are following are more than enough.but acc to me golijan gen patho s a must ..there are many quesns from that area in my exam
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heyy congrats... did u study alone or with a study partner?? which is more effective?
i studied fa for the first time with a sp for almost a month.thats it..remaining months of my prep i did it by myself
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ok...even after my first read of kaplan which has taken forever i do not remember a single thing and I'm going into depression....i plan on taking my exam end of sept, do i have enough time? Wat shuld i do....pleasssseee help me here.
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ok...even after my first read of kaplan which has taken forever i do not remember a single thing and I'm going into depression....i plan on taking my exam end of sept, do i have enough time? Wat shuld i do....pleasssseee help me here.
start doing uw along with lecture notes of kaplan again.you will get a broad picture of whats going on with the type of quesns..then do fa and give one nbme to know where u stand.you can definitely give your exam in september.there are still 5 months.so make best out of it.all the best
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thank you so much dheera...GOD BLESS U !!
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hey hun..sorry one last question.. how did u manage time.. like people say they do FA along with UW... i do one block of uw and explanations and it takes me the whole day almost.. then im exhausted to even touch the FA.... and i always tell my self i'll do both.. half of the day uw and half of the day FA....by the way this was my first read of FA and UW
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hey hun..sorry one last question.. how did u manage time.. like people say they do FA along with UW... i do one block of uw and explanations and it takes me the whole day almost.. then im exhausted to even touch the FA.... and i always tell my self i'll do both.. half of the day uw and half of the day FA....by the way this was my first read of FA and UW
no problem..even i used to take a whole day to do a block of uw for the first time.but i used to study atleast patho part of that topic like atleast 5 to 8 pages you know..that way u inculcate the habit of doing fa
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Hi did you watch the Kaplan videos along side the lecture notes? Did you annotate the lecture notes or just read along? Thank you . Congrats!
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Congrats Dheera!!!!
I have started my prep for the test, i have a question about the Kaplan videos. The videos i have bought are from 2010 I was wondering if these are the same videos that you used or if there are any other latest videos. I have heard about 2014 videos but have not been able to find any.

Thank you!
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Hi did you watch the Kaplan videos along side the lecture notes? Did you annotate the lecture notes or just read along? Thank you . Congrats!
i did not annotate anything into my kaplan lecture notes..just watched videos n went through lecture notes twice
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Congrats Dheera!!!!
I have started my prep for the test, i have a question about the Kaplan videos. The videos i have bought are from 2010 I was wondering if these are the same videos that you used or if there are any other latest videos. I have heard about 2014 videos but have not been able to find any.

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i watched videos of 2010 version.i havent watched 2014 ones
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Hey .
Congrats for a wonderful score. Can you please tell us about the length of the stems of the questions ?
Were they longer than you expected ? did you do all the NBME s online?

Which NBMEs do you think are really crucial ? which we must not miss out ?
Were there questions from hygiene control and insurance in behavioural sciences??

Which portion did you find really difficult ?

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Hey .
Congrats for a wonderful score. Can you please tell us about the length of the stems of the questions ?
Were they longer than you expected ? did you do all the NBME s online?

Which NBMEs do you think are really crucial ? which we must not miss out ?
Were there questions from hygiene control and insurance in behavioural sciences??

Which portion did you find really difficult ?

Thanks in advance.
the real exam is a mixed bag of long and short quesns,but majority were long ones
i did all nbmes online.
i think 15,16,17 are crucial.do not miss them.
majority of quesns were from patho.so i found patho the most difficult
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Congratulations on your score!! You killed the beast Thank you for your feedback dheera!

I have one question for you, how was physio and pathophys for you on the Step? What topics are asked?

There are 2 weeks left for my exam and after doing UW questions twice and reviewing FA my score does not improve on physio.

Any suggestions? HELP Please! I appreciate the help
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