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Default Back from Step1, share my experience

Hi guys, i just got back from the test center, want to share some fresh experience with you guys on the forum. Well, technically this is my first post, but i have been replying and reading from here all the time, and you guys have been of great help to me.

Now that i'm done with the test (and hope not to have do it again), it feels that Step1 is not all THAT hard looking backwards, and well, now I can see lot's of things that I should have done or shouldn't have done. Well, a few tips i'd like to share.

MUST DO:
1. NBME 1-7, 11, 12: Well, I saw at least 4 exact same questions on the test before on the NBME tests. I only gave the questions i have done wrong a second read, so, probably many more questions on the NBME are actually on the test. I repeat, EXACTLY the same. So, it would be a good choice to do all the NBMEs.
2. 150 questions: The questions on 150 questions were like the real exam, and there are similar questions. It would be a good choice if you did the older versions, that would probably get you a bigger view of what might be tested.

About books, I really don't think First Aid is the ONLY way into step one, and it really lacks details in many aspects. I believe people use their First aid like a index and add to the book, so, maybe what made it so wonderful is because each person had their own learning in it. So, i guess the choice of books is not that important, as long as you get a reading in every subject, I believe it is equally as good.

About questions, the Step1 questions are different from the USMLEworld or Kaplan Qbank, but it is always better to do more questions so that you know what to read in books. The qbank will only prove to be a good learning tool if you read, otherwise, the test and qbanks are quite different. On the other hand, NBME and the 150 questions are not only similar to the real test, they even share exact same questions.

About the test, I think the questions are equally distributed, not too much in anything. But having heard from what the others got from their tests, the questions really differ from people to people. So, not important on what I got on the exam, I will probably go with "know everything realated to the NBMEs and 150 questions well", if you have done UW and qbank and read everything, I am sure it will be fine. Well, if you are really aiming high, remember well what you have read, don't mix concepts up...

About the difficulty, I would go with a little easier than NBME11&12, but from people's results, most get more q's wrong on the exam, maybe its because of all that anxiety, but overall, do at least one NBME online and know where you are is REALLY REALLY important.

Well, that's about it. Glad i got over with it.
Hope everyone get the score they have been hoping for~
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Hey glad to hear that you're done! I was wondering, what are these 150 questions that I keep hearing about? How do i get accesss to them?
thanks!

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Hi guys, i just got back from the test center, want to share some fresh experience with you guys on the forum. Well, technically this is my first post, but i have been replying and reading from here all the time, and you guys have been of great help to me.

Now that i'm done with the test (and hope not to have do it again), it feels that Step1 is not all THAT hard looking backwards, and well, now I can see lot's of things that I should have done or shouldn't have done. Well, a few tips i'd like to share.

MUST DO:
1. NBME 1-7, 11, 12: Well, I saw at least 4 exact same questions on the test before on the NBME tests. I only gave the questions i have done wrong a second read, so, probably many more questions on the NBME are actually on the test. I repeat, EXACTLY the same. So, it would be a good choice to do all the NBMEs.
2. 150 questions: The questions on 150 questions were like the real exam, and there are similar questions. It would be a good choice if you did the older versions, that would probably get you a bigger view of what might be tested.

About books, I really don't think First Aid is the ONLY way into step one, and it really lacks details in many aspects. I believe people use their First aid like a index and add to the book, so, maybe what made it so wonderful is because each person had their own learning in it. So, i guess the choice of books is not that important, as long as you get a reading in every subject, I believe it is equally as good.

About questions, the Step1 questions are different from the USMLEworld or Kaplan Qbank, but it is always better to do more questions so that you know what to read in books. The qbank will only prove to be a good learning tool if you read, otherwise, the test and qbanks are quite different. On the other hand, NBME and the 150 questions are not only similar to the real test, they even share exact same questions.

About the test, I think the questions are equally distributed, not too much in anything. But having heard from what the others got from their tests, the questions really differ from people to people. So, not important on what I got on the exam, I will probably go with "know everything realated to the NBMEs and 150 questions well", if you have done UW and qbank and read everything, I am sure it will be fine. Well, if you are really aiming high, remember well what you have read, don't mix concepts up...

About the difficulty, I would go with a little easier than NBME11&12, but from people's results, most get more q's wrong on the exam, maybe its because of all that anxiety, but overall, do at least one NBME online and know where you are is REALLY REALLY important.

Well, that's about it. Glad i got over with it.
Hope everyone get the score they have been hoping for~
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Hey glad to hear that you're done! I was wondering, what are these 150 questions that I keep hearing about? How do i get accesss to them?
thanks!
It's the sample questions~
Just for the purpose what the questions are like on the exam.

I didn't do 05-08myself, but was given the idea they are not the same, so if you have the time, i advise you to do them...
for 2011, just go to their website to download...

The older versions, if i didn't remember wrong, i found them on this forum, or maybe another, just search 150 old USMLE
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Thanks for giving us your experience.

Congrats on being done. Hoping a nice, high score for you....

CHEERS!!
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what should be strategy for last month,,,should i go with KAPLAN or use FA. . .
i barely complete the whole read of KAPLAN in 18 days. . .and after 18 days it's difficult for me to recall what i have learnt on First day . .
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what should be strategy for last month,,,should i go with KAPLAN or use FA. . .
i barely complete the whole read of KAPLAN in 18 days. . .and after 18 days it's difficult for me to recall what i have learnt on First day . .
so, did you do qbank or UW?
If did, i'd stick with NBME + 150ques + FA, and refering to Kaplan only when FA doesn't give enough information
For the last two weeks i went with the TAUSS method, well, not quite sure if the readthrough of RRpath was really worth it.
I did kaplan video raymon for pharm, goljan audio for path, worked well for me. And i used anki flashcards for the stuff i always forget.

If you are 1 month to the test... do a NBME to check your position, if not really close to the score you want, i'd consider postpone the test, not to risk here
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