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Old 12-15-2011
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Hong Kong My exam day experience in Hong Kong!

Hi everyone,
I've been willing to post in this forums since the day I signed up but apparently I never did. So this is the first post of mine and I want to share how my exam went.
I just did my exam today.. I went to Hong Kong because the city where I live don't have Prometric center. So the plan was to get there 2 days before the exam day..
I was gonna relax and enjoy the last day without reviewing anything but turned out the last day was an exhausting day, I spent most of the day sightseeing around the city, so when I got to the hotel my legs were sore and I was really tired..I planned to have 'quick' review of first aid (I had already highlighted some texts in FA that I considered 'easy to forget' and 'tiny details that inclined to be missed' and I don't consider some part in FA are really important and some are not, I see the whole FA package as important and even the tiniest detail with just 3-4words is still important information!)
I got to around 200pages when I realized I was not really 'reading' the book. So I decided to hit the hay. It was around 8:30pm. Set my alarm to 6:10am so I could finish up my FA 'quick' review (my exam appointment was at 9am)

I'd say, the 'quick' review did not help me improve i suggest don't try to cram info on your last day.. kind of useless..

Exam day,
I arrived an hour early. Went to a minimarket to buy some foods. I bought chocolates, bananas, breads, cereals, coffees, and a bottle of redbull and funny story..through the whole exam i just ate 2 breads, some cereal (without milk of course) and a big bottle of mineral water.. luckily I wasn't starving until i finished my last block..

1st block, I marked around 10qs finished with 6-7minutes left, went straight to;

2nd block, also around 10qs, finished with around 3 mins left, on this block I wasn't as fired up as in 1st block, so I planned to take a break, but instead I clicked the 'start next block' button! so...

3rd block; marked around 8qs, surprisingly I found myself doing better on this block..this time I knew my way around for taking break. (and for those who didn't already knew, the process of signing in and out was kinda a fuss, you need to sign a paper and note the time after that they will require you to scan your fingerprint, and the computer was not that fast, all in all it could waste your sweet 60secs, 2mins if the proctor on charge was 'tech-blind') i took around 10mins break..went to washroom, and did 'little' exercise in the hallway..

4th block, marked 14?15qs? i forgot, point is, i always mark the question every time I could not answer the q right away after reading the qs stem, or if there was slightly doubt on answering) finished with 2mins left... i decided to take a long break here for lunch (a bread, cereal, and a banana).. it took me 20mins to eat, i waited for another 10mins before entering the test room again..

5th block... this one was the hardest one for me to handle..because I get sleepy and kinda drowsy after lunch! finished with 2 mins left (i always tried to end the block with some time left I didn't know why).. i took a break after this block. 15mins..

6th block.. i was back on track! I didn't get out of the test room after this block for break.. I just sit in my seat and began the last block 5mins later..

7th block.. i didn't remember how much qs I marked, but I remember I marked a LOT of qs in here..and I found 3qs that i had really no idea about.. but it was the last block so I didn't get dragged down by those qs..
done! i finished with 20mins break time left..
then there was a survey after your last block..

My stats:
USMLE WORLD: random, timed 70%
UWSA 1 :590-238
UWSA 2 :740-260 (I did UWSA back to back 5 days before the exam)
NBME 7 (2weeks before): 540-231
NBME 11 (1 week before): 630-252
NBME 12 (2 days before):600-245

I did the other NBME forms offline.. (I'm not sure about the provided answer keys, my score was around 87-88%)

So that was it, my exam experience. I hope it helps..
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nice! sounds pretty aweome to sightseeing in hong kong

can you tell me if the fa was a big part of your exam? like were the connections in fa obvious to the questions in the exam?
im taking my step 1 in new york in 2 weeks and cant postpone at all i have to take it, i got a 51 in kap assess and need to pull it up another 15% do you think thats doable via the first aid

thanks and good luck for a great score
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Yes i found FA were very important in my last month preparation..actually on my last week prep i only used my highlighted FA with only 3 or 4 small notes (i'm lazy at writing notes and u better remember things than writing it down but never gonna read it again right? and chances are the things u're writing down already written somewhere in FA)
and i used one small notebook where i wrote all the answer and little explanation to qs that i got wrong in NBME forms (offline one i looked it up in google and forums, for online one i used extended version)

and that's it! i rarely used any other books such as kaplan, goljan, etc in my last month prep (actually last 2 months prep)

the connection from FA to the questions...hmm..i guess FIRST you need to master the concept from the 'bigbooks' e.g:kaplan...
FA is only for review and in my case it was for review of the 'easy-to-miss' details..e.g: lichen planus is purple,polygonal,etc. and most common malignant salivary gland tumor is mucoepidermoid carcinoma and lots of other things i found useless when i first started my study plan (but turned out to be very important in UWORLD! not really that important though in the real exam! but i got one q with lichen planus in the answer opts at least and i could easily marked it out as wrong answer cause i knew about it!)

For your case..hmm it's kind of hard to suggest which way is the best way to study for you! everyone has different strategy and plan, and everyone ultimately figure the best way out by themselves.. i guess if you only got 2weeks left i would strengthen my weak areas (see it in your assessment summary) and REVIEW (only if you already learned the basics)!
best of luck to you! and thanks!

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thank you for your reply and good luck for your results i will post when im done with and let you know
thanks again!
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