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Arrow Got my step 1 score ( 226 / 82 ) + my experience

hello guys

finally i got my step 1 score today ( 226 / 82 ) ~ 98 on the old scale
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my experience :
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time needed ==> from 10/4/ 2011 to 11/10/2011 ~ 6 months

books needed ==> Kaplan series fully + FA + FA cases ( was helpful but

not a must ) + FA q&A .

strategy of study ==> 1- 1st read from kaplan .
2- read the same part from FA .
3- take notes of anything in kaplan but not in FA
4- do mcqs of this part from kaplan q book and FA
Q&A and read FA Cases of this part .
5- repeat this pattern untill u have read every little word in all these books .
6- start ur 2nd read of FA with starting UW bank .
7- start ur 3rd read of FA with the remaining part
of UW bank + do the assessements .
8- take the exam .

My scores was ==>

Books ==> kaplan q book ( 70 % correct ) .
FA q&a book ( 80 % correct ) .

UW bank ==> 70 % 1st time , 79 % 2nd time .

Assessements ==> UW SA 1 ( 3 weeks out ) 240
==> UW SA 2 ( 10 days out ) 244
==> NBME 7 ( 7 days out ) 245
==> NBME 11 ( 4 days out ) 226 ( same as my score )
My score was like the last assessement but
unfortunatly much less than the other assessemnts
so my advice is do online NBME as much as u could
UW SA obviously over estimates but thx god
anyway .
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NB: My biggest advice dont allow a gap bet UW q bank and ur exam more
than 15 days , i really felt like ( fit ) in the exam due to my recent
experience in the UW tough qs .
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MY EXAM SCORE ==> Thx to god 100000000000000000000 times
is ( 226 / 82 ) ~ 98 on old scale .
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I hope this thread have helped u guys still preparing for this tough but exciting journey .
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of course any qs or comments are welcome
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Congratulations! Great score and thanks for posting your experience!
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hey congrats ...hope you are enjoying and partying
my question is did you use goljan>
.i did first review of patho from kaplan and watched kaplan videos along with .....
now i see everyone is so emphasizing on goljan....i cant do goljan book ...because i have done it already from kaplan ...and i do not wanna change books at this time .....so do i really need to listen to goljan audio now? are audio lectures gonna be useful without goljan texts......i dont know
its just i am getting confused
any advice please
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congrats...
did u use kaplan videoes??
did u see KLNotes were enough (patho&physio)?
thank u
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When did you start uworld?
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hey congrats ...hope you are enjoying and partying
my question is did you use goljan>
.i did first review of patho from kaplan and watched kaplan videos along with .....
now i see everyone is so emphasizing on goljan....i cant do goljan book ...because i have done it already from kaplan ...and i do not wanna change books at this time .....so do i really need to listen to goljan audio now? are audio lectures gonna be useful without goljan texts......i dont know
its just i am getting confused
any advice please
its a common dilemma that u are confused about goljan or kaplan (only) for pathology , so many guys told me to use goljan audio but i have already given step 2 ck on last march ( similar to pathology in step 1 ) thats why i didnt use goljan , but a senior gave me this advice and it was helpful , he told me do kaplan only for pathology and do mcqs to see if u can score good or not , my score esp in pathology was from 70 - 90 % so he reassured me and told me that step 2 ck may made me need not to sail more in pathology . so i suggest that u test ur self in pathology to see if u can get it with kaplan only , if not of course do goljan and risk anything .
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congrats...
did u use kaplan videoes??
did u see KLNotes were enough (patho&physio)?
thank u
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no videos at all noooooooo not again , i used them in step 2 ck much of time wasted on things that is already in FA , i didnt use them and didnt feel that it made difference in step 2

for pathology look to my previous comment
for physiology yes more than enough esp the physiology qs were straight forward , ( u know it u will answer , u dont know it u won't )
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When did you start uworld?
i opend it for 2 months

started on 24/aug , finished the first time on 17/sep ,

then the second time ( not fully ) finished 1/oct ,
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no videos at all noooooooo not again , i used them in step 2 ck much of time wasted on things that is already in FA , i didnt use them and didnt feel that it made difference in step 2

for pathology look to my previous comment
for physiology yes more than enough esp the physiology qs were straight forward , ( u know it u will answer , u dont know it u won't )
what did u do if you can't understand something ??
(I think videos can help in this point , don't I??)

about physio can u give me a qs that came in real exam (to see how the straight)
thank you so much
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What must be the last book Kaplan or FA?
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a) How were ur basics when u started out?

b) how many hours did u study/day?

c) do you think it can be done in 4 months about 10hrs/day(get a 220+)??
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Which one is more difficult nbme 7 or 11?
and how many question you got wrong in nbme's?
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what did u do if you can't understand something ??
(I think videos can help in this point , don't I??)

about physio can u give me a qs that came in real exam (to see how the straight)
thank you so much
when i couldn't understand something i used to search the internet or ask a friend who has been through step 1 b4 , but when my head goes hard like stone i used to ask a professor ,but i didnt need to do this much
, regarding the videos ok it may help but u will take alot of time untill u reach that part u need .
a final word about the videos , i did not use them and dont like them
but of course many other guys used 'em and even scored better but im just teling what went good for me , and remember what works for someone may be won't work for others .

i cant give u the qs that were on the exam cuz i cant remember them clearly , plus its illegal , what i ment by straight is, qs ask about info not about how to think to reach the result , not much equations:sorry:thx god , renal chapter was much in the exam , respiratory curves where easy , seeing them for just one time b4 the exam would make u figure them all right .

i hope i have helped .
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What must be the last book Kaplan or FA?
FA . try to squeez the info out of it , its all HIGH YEILD .
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a) How were ur basics when u started out?

b) how many hours did u study/day?

c) do you think it can be done in 4 months about 10hrs/day(get a 220+)??
a) my basics where good in anatomy + pharma + patho .
and i was horrible at embryology + physio +
behavioural + micro + bio ( damn u bio )
+ immunology .
b) 5 hours max i was working from 8 am to 3 pm daily , then go home eat and sleep untill 6 pm then study to 11pm then 2 hours for me , just remember that step2ck helped me much .
c) 10 hours !!!! of course u can, just remeber to not over stress urself out , i always liked to imagine this exam as a sonic game u have to collect much rings to be able to kill DR . robotnic .
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Congrats Ahmed for the wonderful score! Till a few days back, you were afraid of what you might score.
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Which one is more difficult nbme 7 or 11?
and how many question you got wrong in nbme's?
11 was horrible i got 36 mistakes .
7 was the best assessment i got 21 mistakes .

i would say anything that hold the banner NEW (11 & 12) in nmbe just do it , if u have more money and time do ( 7 )
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Congrats Ahmed for the wonderful score! Till a few days back, you were afraid of what you might score.
thx man yes i was really scared to death . hope u guys even a better score .
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I believe in what works for someone may be won't work for others .
but I need an advise...
i 'm starting my clinical years after finishing the basics
but i 'm confusing about what first... step1 or ck
i 've heard u must took step1 then ck to build ur basic & ensure greet score..
& i see a lot of ppl who took ck before step1 and got greet score & when they start prepare to step1 The ck help 'em a lot in preparing...
so what can I do
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I believe in what works for someone may be won't work for others .
but I need an advise...
i 'm starting my clinical years after finishing the basics
but i 'm confusing about what first... step1 or ck
i 've heard u must took step1 then ck to build ur basic & ensure greet score..
& i see a lot of ppl who took ck before step1 and got greet score & when they start prepare to step1 The ck help 'em a lot in preparing...
so what can I do
step1 of course , if u give step 2 now u will be just like someone who's trying to drink the sea , do step 1 now just remember that in this case
doing goljan is a must cuz u dont have what to compensate for it ( not even rotated in clinical rounds ) plz be adviced that no matter what ppl says about how step2 is easy , u have to know that Internal Med , isnot a fellow to underestimate .
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Default wot's this new scale?

i'm sorry wot new scale?
why?
When?
Plz clarify anyone
Thnx
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i'm sorry wot new scale?
why?
When?
Plz clarify anyone
Thnx
In July this year, the two digit score scale was cancelled out and now only three digit scores are reported.
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no videos at all noooooooo not again , i used them in step 2 ck much of time wasted on things that is already in FA , i didnt use them and didnt feel that it made difference in step 2

for pathology look to my previous comment
for physiology yes more than enough esp the physiology qs were straight forward , ( u know it u will answer , u dont know it u won't )

Ahmed!You have mentioned you are over with your Step 2 CK. Have you discussed your study plan for Step 2 somewhere? If yes, please let me know. Thanks!
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step1 of course , if u give step 2 now u will be just like someone who's trying to drink the sea , do step 1 now just remember that in this case
doing goljan is a must cuz u dont have what to compensate for it ( not even rotated in clinical rounds ) plz be adviced that no matter what ppl says about how step2 is easy , u have to know that Internal Med , isnot a fellow to underestimate .
I mean I 'll take step1 &2ck after gradution ... so what 's first?
I don't understand what u mean by u dont have what to compensate for it ( not even rotated in clinical rounds ) & do u mean the big book ???
's goljan better than BRSpatho ??
THANK YOU
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Ahmed!You have mentioned you are over with your Step 2 CK. Have you discussed your study plan for Step 2 somewhere? If yes, please let me know. Thanks!
well u reminded of the bad days

my step 2 ck experience wasn't a good one i got ( 212/90 )

i didnt add any post for my experience cuz i did lots and lots of

mistakes , for eg :
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1- opened UW for only one month ( some guys can do it in 1 month but not me im more comfortable with the slowly but surely style ) .
2- time bet UW and the real exam ~ 1.5 months ( max 15 days is good).
3- a lot of time wasted on the videos which didn't add to me .
4- FA started late only 2 months b4 the exam ( do it with the first study).
5- didn't delay the exam when i felt like getting only 210 on assessment .
6- my study was interrupted for 15 days ( due to the revolution in egypt).
7- i knew i was bad in psychiatry but didnt do much to improve it .
8- on the exam day i insisted to do blocks in ( 2s ) not accord to my mental status ( plzzz take a break after each block and wash ur face ) .
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i used the same books as step 1 but used ( pocket medicine book) for more Int medicine .
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if u have any other qs specific plz ask .
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I mean I 'll take step1 &2ck after gradution ... so what 's first?
I don't understand what u mean by u dont have what to compensate for it ( not even rotated in clinical rounds ) & do u mean the big book ???
's goljan better than BRSpatho ??
THANK YOU
1- if after graduation , its about the same , but my opinion is step 2 if u will start within 6 months of graduation .
2- no not the big one i mean the audio , and i meant that u have to use it if u were to take step 1 now or b4 step 2 .
3- Goljan is better .
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