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Listening Step 1 score 251/87

I got my score yesterday !

This forum was very helpful so I will talk a little bit about my experience.
My goal was 265+, so I am not that happy with this score and really was shocked when I saw it yesterday . I feel ok now but not great. Maybe you can convince me that it is amazing ? In my standards it feels like I wanted an A+ and barely got a B+

Anyway, what I did was :

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my experience : First I have to say my Golden rules that saved my life when I didn't listen to general people's advice.


1- I HATE FIRST AID ( I have no idea what the fuss is about with this book. Just because of how everybody in the world swore by it, I read it in correlation with my other books , never read it alone because I thought it was random unlinked information, had to link it with a question or something or else I would have killed myself ! I find the graphics rarely if ever useful, and the information just sitting there making no sense, other than the book, unorganized, looks awful in all black and white. I hated it but I still committed to it a little bit . Didn't find it that useful in the exam either ( Most of my questions seemed like Kaplan Qbank than FA)

2-NEVER MIXED QUESTIONS EVER ! Mixing makes me nervous and never creates those necessary links and networks in your brain to reinforce information. If you read 7 cases of pneumonia in the same day, compare them, then notice the differences, it's better than reading these seven cases weeks maybe months apart !! How can you learn about all types of pneumonia and link them then ?
Also when you do 100s of Biostatistics questions together in the same few days, you reinforce your mathematical skills, see the equations in different ways all in the same time frame, this makes things repeat and come again and again and again until you master the concepts ! Then move on to be amazing in the next one .

3- NEVER DID TIMED QUESTIONS ( ONLY NMBEs or practice exams is for timing ) Timed is a waste of time. I managed to answer at least 250 Qs a day and really learn and understand things right away, create the right links and thought process rather than waiting 50 mins or more to know what went wrong. you won't have a problem with time if you KNOW your stuff. You think longer when you have NO clue ! make your thought process quicker by timing EACH question=1 min, not block !

4- Listend to Goljan EVERY SINGLE FREE SECOND of the day. NEVER STOP LISTENING THIS GUY !! He is AMAAAAAAAAAZING and knows what's on the test and how to explain it and make you memorize it for the exam better reading FA book 10 times !!!
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time ==> from 1/1/ 2011 to 10/10/2011 ~ 9 months

books ==> Kaplan series fully + Goljan Pathology + Microbiology made ridicuoulsly easy + First Aid ( I HATE THIS BOOK )

strategy ==> First thing I did was open up ALL my books,( even first aid ). I created files and binders and have no single book that is intact . I do that so I can transfer files here and there and add on papers and notes rather than messing up my books with notes that I can never read later. It helped also to pick up one thing when you go out and study, you need only that chapter for a day and be lighter

created binders of the Basic general sciences eg : immuno, micro, behavioral, biostat
and all the systems : Cardio, Renal .... with ( Histo/Anatomy/Phsyio/Path/Pharm )!! The things that I didn't find a place for them, I created a GENERAL EVERYTHING binder.

1st read from kaplan, then Goljan then .read the same part from FA, then did the same part in Kaplan Q bank, then UW .
I did this with everything.
For eg : Cardio Physiology from Kaplan, then from FA, then do all Qs in Q bank, then all in UW and sometimes taking notes.

But I found at the end that notes are NOT a good idea. Notes imply that you will come back again and read them later. I treated EVERY single page as if I will NEVER see it again and that I had to find a link in my head to hang it on to and make it retirevable. It takes practice to learn how your brain works. I linked names in English, Spanish, Arabic. I used stories, names, silly images in my head, crazy random links from my past. That's the way to go !!
NOT NOTE taking, well at least try to find things in your head first, if you can't, write notes !!

I also never noted any scores. the average was 65%-70% but scoring was not my aim at all while doing Qs. Scoring was only kept for NBME

This took 4 months ( from 7 am till 9 pm , 6 days a week. )
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When I was done ALL the Qbanks and books. I bought two more Qs banks : USMLE rx, and USMLE consult.

Now I changed my strategy, I did basic sciences as Subjects again. Eg: I did ALL pharm Qs in UW, then Qbank, then USMLErx, Then Consult.
I ended up doing more than 600 Qs of pharm in 3-4 days. The links become so reinforced, this way, I feel like I can repeat them in my sleep !! Again, I never mixed : I would do all pharm cardio for half a day, then all pharm neuro for the next half. Then all Renal Pharm the next day.....

I'm tired now, I'll continue my experience tomorrow. With NBMEs and stuff. Not much more to say but I can't think, too sleepy
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Congrats on your great score!

Hate to break it to you, but Optho isn't even a possibility for IMG's (doesn't even participate in the normal ERAS match process), derm is the most competitive, so that is next to impossible aswell, you might have chances for Gen Surgery with that score though!
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Congrats on your great score!

Hate to break it to you, but Optho isn't even a possibility for IMG's (doesn't even participate in the normal ERAS match process), derm is the most competitive, so that is next to impossible aswell, you might have chances for Gen Surgery with that score though!
Hi Patel,
gdo u hav any idea, how competitive microbiology/pathology is for AMG's.. ang wats the minimum step 1 score they accpet? thanx
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Default I wish I got a 260+

I am such a perfectionist. Can't over the face that I didn't get a 260+, so embarrassed my friends are all expecting a 265+, I havn't told anybody yet. Everybody saw how much I studied.
Can anyone help me feel better? Tell me something that will make all the Qs and months of studying worth it.

Some of you might think I am crazy. I think I am.
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250 is more than amazing, i think you should just celebrate, and stop acting like that.
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Agree with Latin George.......stop acting like that
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Sorry...i think this is the wonderful score
Wish u score > 280 for the next step
Good luck............
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Thanks guys. I am a perfectionist. I am seeing a therapist for that because I ALWAYS want to be PERFECT and have no mistakes.

It's very paralyzing, but maybe it's treatable ? It helped me study hard, but paralyzed me in so many other ways

Wish me luck.

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Thanks guys. I am a perfectionist. I am seeing a therapist for that because I ALWAYS want to be PERFECT and have no mistakes.

It's very paralyzing, but maybe it's treatable ? It helped me study hard, but paralyzed me in so many other ways

Wish me luck.


good luck!
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hi there
recently the test has been harder so don't worry i think you did very well cause before i used to see scores of 265 , 268, etc in this forum but recently since the change in pattern of the exam. rarely anyone above 250
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I am such a perfectionist. Can't over the face that I didn't get a 260+, so embarrassed my friends are all expecting a 265+, I havn't told anybody yet. Everybody saw how much I studied.
Can anyone help me feel better? Tell me something that will make all the Qs and months of studying worth it.

Some of you might think I am crazy. I think I am.
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Additional changes to USMLE procedures for reporting scores
Posted: October 03, 2011
As was reported previously, the USMLE program has begun the process of eliminating the reporting of results on the 2-digit score scale to parties other than the examinee and any state licensing authority to which the examinee sends results.
Because USMLE will continue to report the 2-digit score to examinees and to state licensing authorities, the program will be making changes in scoring procedures to minimize the impact of future shifts in the relationship between 2-digit and 3-digit scores that result from USMLE’s periodic review of standards. The new scoring procedures will be implemented with the reporting of results for examinees who take a Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 3 examination on or after October 1, 2011.
The change in scoring procedures will introduce a more stable relationship between score scales in the future. Those receiving 2-digit score results under the new system will note that, in most instances, the 2-digit score associated with a specific 3-digit score will be substantially lower than it was prior to this change.
The change in scoring procedures described above does not correct the challenges associated with using the 2-digit score scale for decisions other than those that use a score of 75 or higher to identify examinees who have passed the examination. It is highly recommended that the 3-digit score scale be used for comparisons among examinees, especially for examinees who have tested at different points in time.

I got 251/87 too....damn it ....i hate the change so much~! i was so shocked and depressed with i saw my score before digging into what's happening..
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Dude congratulations! Im sure with that score you have a pretty good chance of getting into surgery residency. Keep it up.

By the way, what were the most challenging questions/subjects you have encountered?
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