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Smile Nativedoc2 took the test on 30th Dec 2011

Took my step 1 on 30th Dec.
I am willing to answer questions about it. Initially I wanted to wait to see my result but maybe I might be able to help someone before then so I have decided to have courage and hope for the best and not hide until the result come out.
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which nbme would u say closely resembled step1 in terms of question level?
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CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your exam. good luck for your score.

So how did u find the exam .they were like straight recalls or application of concepts. how much of your exam could be done from FA and Uworld.

its really kind of you to come and help us.my exam is in a month.
thanks a lot
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i found the test more difficult than the nbmes i took viz 6, 7, 11 and 12.
i dont think FA to be enough for the exam but it is a very helpful book.
in fact the first 6 weeks of my study all i read was FA since i didnt have any other books
a few questions were those commonly encountered on question banks
my fear going into the exam was that the qs may be strange but none of the qs were strange they were only asked in a manner that i couldn't figure out how to extract the info.
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hate to pry but i have my exam in2weeks and i was wonder, how was the picture like, was there alot , a little ? and if u dont mind me asking, how were ure nbme scores?
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i had a lot of pictures, CT of brain, CT abdomen, one or two CXR, gross of medulla, renal immunofluoresence. i am not sure but i might say i had 10-12 pictures.
nbme 6: 440
nbme7:590
nbme11:620
nbme12:640
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Thanks for the heads up.but exam being tougher than all the nbmes scares me.

but i m sure tougher exam means it will not have a tough scoring scale as we see in the nbmes,in which getting >85-90% correct ensures good score.

well so doing uworld will help coz of 2nd order and 3 order qs.
i m currently doing dit after i will do whole uworld second time .do a few nbme .
then take the exam 8th feb .
i m studying since many months and started getting frustrated. i took UWSA 1 15 days back and got 500.

so your exam was like uworld ? 2nd order n 3rd order qs?
but i have seen for such Qs u may not be sure with the answer but i m sure u must have got many many right coz u're nbmes r very consistent

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If you Don't mind, Nativedoc could you post some questions from memory,atleast what the case scenario was and what they wanted. Thanks
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If you Don't mind, Nativedoc could you post some questions from memory,atleast what the case scenario was and what they wanted. Thanks
dear indigo
it is against the rule to post questions about the exams.
i am sorry.
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I totally understand nativedoc. But which all topics were twisted and difficult so that I can concentrate on them more. Also do you think that difficult questions were concept related or memory related?

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I totally understand nativedoc. But which all topics were twisted and difficult so that I can concentrate on them more. Also do you think that difficult questions were concept related or memory related?

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hi the many questions i missed (yes i have checked the ones i remember) were because: i didnt know how to use the info given to solve volume of distribution, a few because i couldnt remember the answer, some because i was stuck with 2 options and chose one and moved on.
all in all i would say to read your FA well and try to extract info from the diagrams. sometimes theres so much info in the diagram but i just glossed over them.
theres was a biochem concept i had thought i understood a little well but in the question i had no idea what they were asking. there were like 4 genetics pedigree that im not sure how i did on them
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hi nativedoc,

COuld u please tell us:
1> your books and Q bank during the prep? Time for each module?
2>How many percentage is for Path, Phys, Biochem, Pharm, Micro and BS. Also, are there a lot of Qs about Biostatistics? Is there any system ( CVS, Pulm, Gastro...) strongly tested? Do you think knowing well FA will enable you to choose the right answer?
3> There were many pics testing the concepts of Anat/NeuroAnat or Patho or Histo or ...? COuld you clarify a lilttle? Also did you have any prob solving Physio and Pharm and is UW enough for grabbing those concepts?
4> If you could take the exam again, what would you do to boost your performance?

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Wish you a nice score. My friend got depressed after the exam but she got a nice score weeks after that and was very happy.
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hi nativedoc,

COuld u please tell us:
1> your books and Q bank during the prep? Time for each module?
2>How many percentage is for Path, Phys, Biochem, Pharm, Micro and BS. Also, are there a lot of Qs about Biostatistics? Is there any system ( CVS, Pulm, Gastro...) strongly tested? Do you think knowing well FA will enable you to choose the right answer?
3> There were many pics testing the concepts of Anat/NeuroAnat or Patho or Histo or ...? COuld you clarify a lilttle? Also did you have any prob solving Physio and Pharm and is UW enough for grabbing those concepts?
4> If you could take the exam again, what would you do to boost your performance?

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Wish you a nice score. My friend got depressed after the exam but she got a nice score weeks after that and was very happy.
i started studying in july maybe middle of july. the first 6 weeks i read FA and it was really difficult for me. i am several years post basic medical sciences i.e anatomy etc. FA was reallllllllllly difficult to understand. after the first read of FA,i subscribed to UW and did that for i think 1 month.
then i luckily got some old kaplan lecture notes. but now i had just 2.5 months to the exam. so i read the whole physiology KLN and didnt understand a thing. i read half of the pathology KLN, the first few chapters of biochem KLN (dna, transcription, genetics). somehow time was rapidly flying and i was making no head way with the KLN. ihowever i listened to goljan like twice, i read anemia and renal path from goljan. i watched kaplan videos for physiology and biochem.
1 month to the exam i went through the wrong questions in UW. i did like 40% of kaplan bank.
i think i had maybe 5 biostat qs which i struggled with the were asked in worded form and i was to extract the facts and do calculations. i found that difficult.
i must be truthful the exam passed as a blur so i cant really say what was strongly tested, i would say my exam was spread across the syllabus.
i had some CXR, i had 2 brain CT, i think i had like a gross of brain.
your last question i wouldnt take my nbme so far from the exam, i took both forms 11 and 12 one month before my test and they were the last nbme i took, because i scored pretty well i definitely slackened in my prep. thats one thing i would do different. i would learn the exact mech of action of the drugs esp antibiotics. eg i learnt aminoglycoside and tetracycline as inhibiting 30s remember that FA code, well i had a question that needed a more detail mech of action and all i could remember was 30s. it was a cheap question that i totally misssed. it was painful.
i would read my kaplan notes earlier since i did that part of my medical training long time ago
thanks for the encouragement
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Thanks nativedoc, What biochem concept are u referring to?
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Thanks nativedoc, What biochem concept are u referring to?
it was something to do with fatty acid metabolism i.e breakdown, the truth is i didnt really understand the q and the options didnt make much sense either.
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Default when are u expecting your result nativedoc?

when are you expecting your result?
will it be in 3 weeks like every other period of year or will it be 3+2 weeks due to the 2 weeks holiday at ecfmg during the 1st 2 weeks of january?
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when are you expecting your result?
will it be in 3 weeks like every other period of year or will it be 3+2 weeks due to the 2 weeks holiday at ecfmg during the 1st 2 weeks of january?
i am sorry i don't know, i have been hoping someone can clarify this.
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i passed praise the Lord Jesus, 259/89
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Congrattsss !!!!
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Congrats great score ................
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i passed praise the Lord Jesus, 259/89
thats an amazing score! congrats!!!I knew you would be happy!
When will you take step 2? Will you participate in the match 2013?
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thats an amazing score! congrats!!!I knew you would be happy!
When will you take step 2? Will you participate in the match 2013?
thanks,
you too will have a wonderful score by Gods grace.
i plan to start prep for CS and Ck soon, want to be done before middle of the year with them.
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hi everyone
i want to use this as a way of encouraging people preparing for step 1.
i relocated to the US last year july on the visa lottery, before getting here i already had a dread of usmle, i thought you had to be super smart to pass. i just could not see myself passing it.

i came with $6,000.00 and a heart full of fear.

i didn't know how to go about it, i didn't know if i could make it. people suggested kaplan course but i just had to stretch my money to cover my 3 exams, question banks and books. so i bought firstaid, for 6 weeks i struggled with this book.
Although i graduated in 2010, i had done the basic medical sciences part of my training 6 years ago, so i could remember nothing! besides the emphasis in US materials were so different from my nigerian training.

i was crying on a weekly basis, i never felt so alone and tired. i was reading firstaid everyday for close to 8 hours and honestly i didn't understand much. worse still i was cooped up in the home of my host, so i had no human contact after they left for work. i tried to get a study partner for learning and also too reduce the feeling of aloneness. all through med school any exam i had to take i could be sure of another 200 comrades going through the same thing as me, in school we studied together, discussed together and bore one anothers burdens, i had no such support here.

i was reluctant to spend my money on kaplan notes, at the time i felt that $250.00 or more was too much to spend on the books. also someone had told me i didn't need them and i was lead to believe that firstaid would be sufficient. i finished firstaid in 6weeks and heart-in-mouth took nbme 6. i am even surprised i passed, 440 i.e 207. this was some months to the exam. so of course i was very disturbed, i bought usmleworld and was averaging 67% per block but i knew a lot of it was lucky guessing.

a nigerian doctor lent me his old kaplan books and i struggled with them. every time i came to this site i was both encouraged and discouraged, it seemed the accepted formula to success was reading KLN twice, watching the videos, doing uworld and nbmes. at this stage i was barely 3 months to the test and even with full time studying i knew i just could not read all the KLN once not to talk of twice. problem was i was struggling with so many concepts, i just could not understand them.

anyway i started with the kaplan physiology, finished that, read a bit of the pharmac, pathology, behavioural, biochemistry, immunology . i did not touch the kaplan anatomy, mcb. in between this time i did the nbme 7 and was pleasantly surprised: 570, i began to hope that in spite of my inadequate prep maybe i could pass. then i would worry again about my lack of preparedness. i know everyone gets anxious in this race, but i would like to encourage those for whom this worry is a constant, agonizing problem. you are not alone. there is a God who has mercy and will surprise you with good things, amen.

now my exam was fast approaching and i was experiencing an unexpected wave of nonchalance. i dont know how to explain it other than i would spend hours surfing the net and feel no guilt! so i went from studying 8 to 10 hours a day to studying 3 to 5 hours and i still had untouched materials. maybe i had run out of the adrenaline fueling my fear, i dont know.
by the time of my exam, i had managed to read my FA twice, do uworld twice (wrong answers and some marked), read a little of KLN, did 4 nbmes, listened to most of goljan, read the renals and anemia chapter in goljan RR.
i strongly wanted to postpone the exam, but decided against it.

i went to the test with a song (let the church say amen) playing in my head all through the test, try as i did i could not rid my head of the song.

i did 3 blocks and took a break and came back to finish the remaining 4. i just wanted to leave the exam, i was tired. i will say that it seemed by my actions that i was trying to sabotage the efforts of the first 4 months of study by my actions in the last few months and the exam date. i dont really know.

i would advise anyone taking this test to take the time to relax and smell the roses, perhaps the way i attacked the exam in the beginning, no breaks, no room for anything else, maybe it was inevitable that the ending would be the way it was. i think i am better equipped to prep for step 2. i know my weaknesses i.e i am a slow reader, i fret and worry easily but i also know that Gods mercy will prevail. He looked beyond my faults and flaws and saw my need.

please be encouraged. if you are alone and preparing, feel free to pm me and i will encourage you the best i can.
best of luck to those prep, we shall overcome!
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Congrats, great score!!

Hi, you said you didn't understand physio and biochem when you used KLN alone. So, eventually, in the latter part of your review, you watched the videos. I did the KLN without the videos and I'm struggling with biochem and physio questions in usmleworld. I'm torn if I'll watch the physio and biochem videos with my second reading OR just read chapters from other review books (i.e. Lippincott Biochem, BRS physio) to clarify concepts. I find watching the videos time-consuming. Was it worth the time spent watching them in the last few months of your review? Or could I just do without them?
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i passed praise the Lord Jesus, 259/89
Congrats nativedoc2..
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i passed praise the Lord Jesus, 259/89

COngrats!!
Since you have done both Kaplan and Golgian for Path.. can you tell me.. Do you think I can do the Kaplan LN and not Golgian?
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Congrats, great score!!

Hi, you said you didn't understand physio and biochem when you used KLN alone. So, eventually, in the latter part of your review, you watched the videos. I did the KLN without the videos and I'm struggling with biochem and physio questions in usmleworld. I'm torn if I'll watch the physio and biochem videos with my second reading OR just read chapters from other review books (i.e. Lippincott Biochem, BRS physio) to clarify concepts. I find watching the videos time-consuming. Was it worth the time spent watching them in the last few months of your review? Or could I just do without them?

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for me the ?indian guy who taught the biochem was helpful. i really did understand the DNA, translation, Protein synthesis after i watched it. now whether any question from that part came out, i cant really say. but it felt comforting to know that i finally understood to some extent the "mumbo jumbo" in FA, and that i was not going into the exam unsure. i didnt watch any video fully, and even though it was a little slow i think it was worth it. look at it this way , you can hardly study 12 hours, so during your down time maybe do 30 minutes of selected parts of the videos. that just my opinion! immediately after watching a part that gave me problem for so long, i would go to my FA and write down the explanation in layman's words knowing that FA was to be my final review.

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Since you have done both Kaplan and Golgian for Path.. can you tell me.. Do you think I can do the Kaplan LN and not Golgian?
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i cant really say i read goljan, like i explained i read maybe just 2 chapters in goljan, renals and anemia. i did a very quick glance through kaplan. i think kaplan is a faster read than RR, and is not bad for instance the male reproductive cancers better done than in FA. all in all uworld is very helpful for pathology. if you can quickly read kaplan its not a bad idea, while leaving goljan for things you dont understand. you may decide to listen to goljan, i can think of one answer i got right because of goljan audio, i know its not much but little drops of water makes the ocean. also listening to him may help you read some parts of pathology faster than you otherwise would have.
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i cant really say i read goljan, like i explained i read maybe just 2 chapters in goljan, renals and anemia. i did a very quick glance through kaplan. i think kaplan is a faster read than RR, and is not bad for instance the male reproductive cancers better done than in FA. all in all uworld is very helpful for pathology. if you can quickly read kaplan its not a bad idea, while leaving goljan for things you dont understand. you may decide to listen to goljan, i can think of one answer i got right because of goljan audio, i know its not much but little drops of water makes the ocean. also listening to him may help you read some parts of pathology faster than you otherwise would have.
Thanks!
I shall do that then... I just don't like Golgian's rapid review that much... I like Kaplan more than that. But if it helped you get some points then I will watch the video.
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Can you tell me a bit about calculations. I'm really worried about these as I can't memorize all the formulas.

How many calculations did you have and which areas did they come from (i.e Biostats, Cardio, Renal, Resp....etc etc) ????
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for me the ?indian guy who taught the biochem was helpful. i really did understand the DNA, translation, Protein synthesis after i watched it. now whether any question from that part came out, i cant really say. but it felt comforting to know that i finally understood to some extent the "mumbo jumbo" in FA, and that i was not going into the exam unsure. i didnt watch any video fully, and even though it was a little slow i think it was worth it. look at it this way , you can hardly study 12 hours, so during your down time maybe do 30 minutes of selected parts of the videos. that just my opinion! immediately after watching a part that gave me problem for so long, i would go to my FA and write down the explanation in layman's words knowing that FA was to be my final review.
Thanks! Great tip! I think I'll do just that -- watch those videos on my down time.
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Can you tell me a bit about calculations. I'm really worried about these as I can't memorize all the formulas.

How many calculations did you have and which areas did they come from (i.e Biostats, Cardio, Renal, Resp....etc etc) ????
hi i had one on volume of distribution, i really struggled with it in the exam and just picked an answer at the last second of that block.
there were maybe 5 qs in total in biostats, sensitivity type of qs, i dont think i had any relative risk or odd ratio, but i hear they are very examinogenic. uworld helps you handle these. i wrote out almost every biostat q from uworld into a book knowing that after my subscription period was over i woild not have access to them anymore.
yes i was also worried about remembering the many formulae, maybe you can write them out in a little book and take around with you.
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So then I'm assuming that you had no Physio calculations at all (ie. from Cardio, Resp, Renal...etc), only 1 pharm and a few biostats????
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So then I'm assuming that you had no Physio calculations at all (ie. from Cardio, Resp, Renal...etc), only 1 pharm and a few biostats????
no i had none from physio, but i did go into the exam with those formulae for physio in my head. please do so too. all the best
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Hey are there any combined Qs like the one they give in U world whose ans you cannot change after marking it ????? thank you !!
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Hey are there any combined Qs like the one they give in U world whose ans you cannot change after marking it ????? thank you !!
i did not have any, but i believe they can appear in the exams
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Congratulations a great score!!!I have few question for you...I have done kaplan for most of the subject once and some of the subject like pharma,micro,immuno and biochem twice and did goljan rrs once....I have just started u world if i do first aid and u world+goljn audios nw till end is that enough...I am planning to take exam in mid march.Also cn u tell me hw did u do the biostat??
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Took my step 1 on 30th Dec.
I am willing to answer questions about it. Initially I wanted to wait to see my result but maybe I might be able to help someone before then so I have decided to have courage and hope for the best and not hide until the result come out.
You're story is very encouraging. Thank you for sharing. I was getting discouraged after doing qbank for three weeks and getting yerrible scores. Im How can I get hold of usmleworld Qbank?
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You're story is very encouraging. Thank you for sharing. I was getting discouraged after doing qbank for three weeks and getting yerrible scores. Im How can I get hold of usmleworld Qbank?
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you can go to the usmleworld.com website and subscribe to the bank. its is a bit expensive but it is worth it. look at the various plans they have and choose the best for you, although most people think it best to have enough time to at least go over the wrong qs again if not the entire q bank.
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Congratulations a great score!!!I have few question for you...I have done kaplan for most of the subject once and some of the subject like pharma,micro,immuno and biochem twice and did goljan rrs once....I have just started u world if i do first aid and u world+goljn audios nw till end is that enough...I am planning to take exam in mid march.Also cn u tell me hw did u do the biostat??

yes i think they should be enough but you can always go back to your kaplan source for clarificatin or to refresh your memory as need be. and the nbmes seem to be quite predicitve!
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