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hey guys..i got my score today...its 245/86!!i am really happy that i am done with the monster step 1...... !!
regarding preparation or exam experience fell free to ask..i will ans ur all ques...thanks guys...this forum rockssssssssssss...
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Congraaaaats!!!! i'm sooo happy 4 u & can't wait to b in ur place wishin u all the best in life
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Congratulations! Wish you the best of luck with the rest of the steps!
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what would your top3 recommendations/suggestions be to those of us studying for our step 1?
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congrats did u do any nbme ?? and what was your score in them plzz
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hey congratulations

can u pls advice me about behav science .its my weakest area in nbmes .how to improve in it.first aid has not got much in it .uworld has some.

my exam in less than 4 weeks .shld i work on kaplan and listen some video like of ethics or shld i read brs behav science .thanks a lot.pls help
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hey congrats............can u share about ur journey to step 1...i mean how much time is sufficient for every subject ,,,,total time for prep ,,,,,,plz help thanks a lot....
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congrats!

what would your top3 recommendations/suggestions be to those of us studying for our step 1?

i would suggest for only follow kaplan...(if u r IMG,i am also IMG)!
no 2 should be Goljan..its amazing book..(if possible follow the lectures,those audios r awesome!
& next one is USMLEW qbank..read every ans,right & wrong..!
i dint hav tym ,so i dint follow kaplan qbank,but if u hav tym plz do this also..
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congrats did u do any nbme ?? and what was your score in them plzz
I did 3 NBME,but they pretty underestimate me..
NBME 11 done 5 week b4...224/540
NBME 7 done 3 week b4...224/540..(i was really hopeless at that tym..)
NBME 12 done 1 week b4 exam ,...228/560...
so i think i did better in exam...
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hey congratulations

can u pls advice me about behav science .its my weakest area in nbmes .how to improve in it.first aid has not got much in it .uworld has some.

my exam in less than 4 weeks .shld i work on kaplan and listen some video like of ethics or shld i read brs behav science .thanks a lot.pls help
I dont have idea about brs behav scnce..so i am not able to tell u able to dat..but actually behav was also my weakest area...u can follow conrad fisher 100 cases of medical ethics..thats excellent for behav scnce..but regarding biostat i think kaplan & fa ....all the best...
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Wow thats a huge diff. Really good for u, but im scared what if i score less now befre it used to be +2 or -2
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hey congrats............can u share about ur journey to step 1...i mean how much time is sufficient for every subject ,,,,total time for prep ,,,,,,plz help thanks a lot....

Actually i started preparation at the june,2011 & took the exam on 16 th December,2011..so total of 6.5 months...among them i tried to read 5 days a week..in weekend no study...( a lot other things to do..)!!

Subject ..........duration
anatomy........3 weeks
physiology ...around 3 weeks
biochem.......1 month..(my weak area)
pathology...1.5 month..( goljan takes a lot tym,but its worth doing....)
micro...3 weeks
pharma..2 weeks
behav scnce..2 weeks..
( here week means my study days...not weekends included.)

so after all that i subscribed for usmle w & did all the ques ,& tried to read all the explanations...it took around 2 months...!
& after that sat for the exams....& took 3 NBME..mentioned as above & also took USMLW SIM 1...224 & USMLEW SIM 2 ...249!!

my pattern was whatever i read most of the things were one time..but if u want to repeat then u hav to be more fast...
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Wow thats a huge diff. Really good for u, but im scared what if i score less now befre it used to be +2 or -2
R u scared that if the real score go below ur NBME ??..thats a difficult thing to say...as my NBME were pretty consistent ,so i hoped that i will get around 225..so i sat for the exam...!
u hav to hav an idea about urself..what u gonna do......all the best...
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I dont have idea about brs behav scnce..so i am not able to tell u able to dat..but actually behav was also my weakest area...u can follow conrad fisher 100 cases of medical ethics..thats excellent for behav scnce..but regarding biostat i think kaplan & fa ....all the best...
was this book helpful ? coz in 4 weeks i still have to do uworld 2nd time and first aid once or twice.is this book worth givving time to ?

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was this book helpful ? coz in 4 weeks i still have to do uworld 2nd time and first aid once or twice.is this book worth givving time to ?

thanks a lot
i know that its v tough tym but if u want to improve in behav science,u can read this book when u r tired doing other things..!its not very tough...!
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i know that its v tough tym but if u want to improve in behav science,u can read this book when u r tired doing other things..!its not very tough...!
thanks so much.i know also went through the similar phases .best of luck for future steps
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Actually i started preparation at the june,2011 & took the exam on 16 th December,2011..so total of 6.5 months...among them i tried to read 5 days a week..in weekend no study...( a lot other things to do..)!!

Subject ..........duration
anatomy........3 weeks
physiology ...around 3 weeks
biochem.......1 month..(my weak area)
pathology...1.5 month..( goljan takes a lot tym,but its worth doing....)
micro...3 weeks
pharma..2 weeks
behav scnce..2 weeks..
( here week means my study days...not weekends included.)

so after all that i subscribed for usmle w & did all the ques ,& tried to read all the explanations...it took around 2 months...!
& after that sat for the exams....& took 3 NBME..mentioned as above & also took USMLW SIM 1...224 & USMLEW SIM 2 ...249!!

my pattern was whatever i read most of the things were one time..but if u want to repeat then u hav to be more fast...
thanks a lot.....and best of luck for future
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I did 3 NBME,but they pretty underestimate me..
NBME 11 done 5 week b4...224/540
NBME 7 done 3 week b4...224/540..(i was really hopeless at that tym..)
NBME 12 done 1 week b4 exam ,...228/560...
so i think i did better in exam...
wow! u had huge difference in your real score and nbme . what did you do in this time gap?

i took nbme 12 some days back and got same score of 210 as 1 month back. though i dint study with much orientation after extending my date i was lost somwhat.just getting freaked now as am not scoring what am expecting and cant keep delaying!!!
do you think kaplan is needed for review physiology other than whats mentioned in fa.am doing goljan again once.

can you give any other tips to improve in score.thx
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i know that its v tough tym but if u want to improve in behav science,u can read this book when u r tired doing other things..!its not very tough...!
hey congrats
I have the exam in less than 4 weeks too but yet to give Nbme 7 online...any siggestions or advices before i take Nbme 7?i am taking it after 3 days.
and behave.sc can i just read Conrad's 100 cases Q&A instead of going thru the whole book?
and also can u tell me how did u revise FA in last 3 weeks time?
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hey guys..i got my score today...its 245/86!!i am really happy that i am done with the monster step 1...... !!
regarding preparation or exam experience fell free to ask..i will ans ur all ques...thanks guys...this forum rockssssssssssss...
Hi oti nogonno, congrats on the great score!

Do you think NMBEs underestimate you or you have improved a lot before the step1? I also want to know how you reviewed FA the week before the exam.
Did you only do UW or kaplan and other Qbanks?
Had you gone for a practice test at the test center before the real test?
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wow! u had huge difference in your real score and nbme . what did you do in this time gap?

i took nbme 12 some days back and got same score of 210 as 1 month back. though i dint study with much orientation after extending my date i was lost somwhat.just getting freaked now as am not scoring what am expecting and cant keep delaying!!!
do you think kaplan is needed for review physiology other than whats mentioned in fa.am doing goljan again once.

can you give any other tips to improve in score.thx
Thank u!!..actually in the last 20 days i only follow FA & usmlew wrong ques.i also tried the NBME ans review from different forum.although in my exam there was no repeatation of any NBME ques.at the last day i did free 150...thats it!
& for physio FA is enough,dont try to go through kaplan at this moment,only FA ,FA ,FA!!
& another advice dont extend ur date,thats not very helpful.
i dint do kaplan qbank,i dint hav time to revise any kaplan book 2nd tym,but i dint think about extening date,& now i can understand that thats a correct decision..!
& on the exam day...plz stay calm,most of the ques are doable ,try those things!& confusing q mark them & try to ams them at last...!!
all the best.....i know u ll be fine with the exam..
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[QUOTE=doctordexter;87562]hey congrats
I have the exam in less than 4 weeks too but yet to give Nbme 7 online...any siggestions or advices before i take Nbme 7?i am taking it after 3 days.
and behave.sc can i just read Conrad's 100 cases Q&A instead of going thru the whole book?
and also can u tell me how did u revise FA in last 3 weeks time?


I appreciate it[/QU

try to revise as much FA as possible now..then go for NBME 7!
ya u can do the only q& a part also..that would be enough.
i dint revise FA just page by page,actually i do the usmlew qbank & follow the FA side by side..!
in real exam ques were no lyk FA...they r more conceptual...!
hope that it will help u...all the best wishes...
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Hi oti nogonno, congrats on the great score!

Do you think NMBEs underestimate you or you have improved a lot before the step1? I also want to know how you reviewed FA the week before the exam.
Did you only do UW or kaplan and other Qbanks?
Had you gone for a practice test at the test center before the real test?
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..thank u...!
actually i read FA with UW qbank!
i only did UW ,i am a slow reader ,dint hav enough tym for kaplan qbank.
& no i dint go for any practice test,just do the free 150 that will help u for preparation..
all best wishes for u...
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where did u do for respiratory system from....fa? i find lots of info missing..or did you make any notes?
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[QUOTE=doxorubicin;87622]where did u do for respiratory system from....fa? i find lots of info missing..or did you make any notes?[/
when i revise i go through only FA...!
but first tym i go through kaplan...as ur exam is very near..plz read FA.
ya i know many informations are missing but u cant cover all things just b4 exam......
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Some ppl read first aid last 5 days like 100 pg a day .will it be helpfull.i already have read 3 times .my exam is in 4 weeks .
and is biostat of uworld enough ????

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Some ppl read first aid last 5 days like 100 pg a day .will it be helpfull.i already have read 3 times .my exam is in 4 weeks .
and is biostat of uworld enough ????

thank you so much

if u hav energy to do that..u can do!!!but i dint hav such energy level!!
whats ur NBME score??& whats ur expectation...?
biostat ..i was very weak..so i cant giv u gud advice reagrding this..
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if u hav energy to do that..u can do!!!but i dint hav such energy level!!
whats ur NBME score??& whats ur expectation...?
biostat ..i was very weak..so i cant giv u gud advice reagrding this..
i gave uwsa 1 got 220 it was 20 days back .will give nbme 11 in a week .i dont know my aim. 230+ i will be happy .i did nbme 6 long time back got 195 i gave it on december 8th .
after uwsa 1 i did DIT course it was really stressful
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i gave nbme 5 offline and did nbme 6 online. i found these nbme very diff from uworld .i m good in uworld i m doing it second time i m getting 80+ but these nbme 5&6 were very different. is nbme 11 like uworld ? and is the real exam q style is similar to uworld ?
i found nbme very weird but may be i did the old ones .how r the new ones 11 & 12 ???
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congratulations
would you mind telling your u world score
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would you mind telling your u world score
and how did yo do that
thank u..
uw score on average was 65%..intially it was only 57%,but along with revision of FA it increased little bit..!
uwsim exam1..228
uesim exam 2..249..
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i gave nbme 5 offline and did nbme 6 online. i found these nbme very diff from uworld .i m good in uworld i m doing it second time i m getting 80+ but these nbme 5&6 were very different. is nbme 11 like uworld ? and is the real exam q style is similar to uworld ?
i found nbme very weird but may be i did the old ones .how r the new ones 11 & 12 ???
real exams are more like nbme 11 & 12.
do them on online..they r well predictor for most of the people..(although not for me!).
real exam q r more conceptual then recall...
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hey guys..i got my score today...its 245/86!!i am really happy that i am done with the monster step 1...... !!
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plz tell ur study time & every thing u read or done in this time
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Actually i started preparation at the june,2011 & took the exam on 16 th December,2011..so total of 6.5 months...among them i tried to read 5 days a week..in weekend no study...( a lot other things to do..)!!

Subject ..........duration
anatomy........3 weeks
physiology ...around 3 weeks
biochem.......1 month..(my weak area)
pathology...1.5 month..( goljan takes a lot tym,but its worth doing....)
micro...3 weeks
pharma..2 weeks
behav scnce..2 weeks..
( here week means my study days...not weekends included.)

so after all that i subscribed for usmle w & did all the ques ,& tried to read all the explanations...it took around 2 months...!
& after that sat for the exams....& took 3 NBME..mentioned as above & also took USMLW SIM 1...224 & USMLEW SIM 2 ...249!!

my pattern was whatever i read most of the things were one time..but if u want to repeat then u hav to be more fast...
hi!and what about DIT?one should follow this or not?....thanks
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hey guys..i got my score today...its 245/86!!i am really happy that i am done with the monster step 1...... !!
regarding preparation or exam experience fell free to ask..i will ans ur all ques...thanks guys...this forum rockssssssssssss...
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Thank u!!..actually in the last 20 days i only follow FA & usmlew wrong ques.i also tried the NBME ans review from different forum.although in my exam there was no repeatation of any NBME ques.at the last day i did free 150...thats it!
& for physio FA is enough,dont try to go through kaplan at this moment,only FA ,FA ,FA!!
& another advice dont extend ur date,thats not very helpful.
i dint do kaplan qbank,i dint hav time to revise any kaplan book 2nd tym,but i dint think about extening date,& now i can understand that thats a correct decision..!
& on the exam day...plz stay calm,most of the ques are doable ,try those things!& confusing q mark them & try to ams them at last...!!
all the best.....i know u ll be fine with the exam..
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Congrats on your brilliant score...from your scren name i can guess u r a bengali...well can u plz tell me whether u r an old IMG or new IMG??has just 72 days before my xams.gone through kaplan once(notes = videos)..uworld offline(1100 qs).now subscribing for Uworld online version.first aid will read now.is the time frame ok??actually am a medical student(not graduate).so i feel even more tensed..sorry for nagging u though.
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Congrats on your brilliant score...from your scren name i can guess u r a bengali...well can u plz tell me whether u r an old IMG or new IMG??has just 72 days before my xams.gone through kaplan once(notes = videos)..uworld offline(1100 qs).now subscribing for Uworld online version.first aid will read now.is the time frame ok??actually am a medical student(not graduate).so i feel even more tensed..sorry for nagging u though.
ha obossoi bangali......tumi kore bollam..tumio bangali nischoyee...
actually i dont know i am old or not..!..passed in 2008.
ur plan seems very perfect..actually i finished doing uw qbank just the day b4 my exam...!!
though i am very slow reader..!
u r plan is perfect..after doing half of UW give any NBME (11/12 are better)!
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I totally agree with you. This forum is prefect.
I got my score 2.
I`m 240/85!
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btw how many did u get correct in 15o free questions?
i mean how much percent?
it was 85%!!
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hi!and what about DIT?one should follow this or not?....thanks

actually i dint follow DIT ,so i hav no idea...!but i heard about that..!sorry i cant tell anything about that..
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plz tell ur study time & every thing u read or done in this time
i think if u read this whole thred u will find the ans...what books & how many times.
i only use...kaplan,goljan & usmlew qbank..& at the end FA!
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hey guys..i got my score today...its 245/86!!i am really happy that i am done with the monster step 1...... !!
regarding preparation or exam experience fell free to ask..i will ans ur all ques...thanks guys...this forum rockssssssssssss...
Great score!!! Congrats!

May I ask what you think of doing Kaplan Qbank? Is it necessary? Or comparing to UW Qbank, is it easier or harder? If it is necessary to do Kaplan Qbank, what order would you like to recommend, Kaplan first then UW Qbank or UW Qbank first and then moving onto Kaplan?

Thank you!
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osonkhyo osonkhyo dhonnyobad.khub ashostwo holamr hain u r a new IMG of course.r kono sondeho nei that u will ace in step 2 as well .All the very very best for step 2.u r a champ.
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Great score!!! Congrats!

May I ask what you think of doing Kaplan Qbank? Is it necessary? Or comparing to UW Qbank, is it easier or harder? If it is necessary to do Kaplan Qbank, what order would you like to recommend, Kaplan first then UW Qbank or UW Qbank first and then moving onto Kaplan?

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actually i dint do kaplan qbank..i only did usmlew,so can not tell u regarding this...sorry!but in this forum there r many who use kaplan & they found it helpful,they do it b4 Uw...!
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congrats on getting a good score n all the best for the comin steps...

i am also planning to take my steps, i just did my graduation, n now m very confused about whether i shud my internship first and then study for my steps or shud i go the other way.... wat do u suggest ?
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i have a question
i just end kaplan video and lecture notes and 1st aid chapter for biochemistry and i added notes from kaplan to 1st aid ..
i feel like i didnt memorize any thing and the information r not well arranges and my brain like iam lost


plz help me in a method that i can use to remember the biochemistry
any suggestion????????
is 1st aid enough for the exam ??

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i have a question
i just end kaplan video and lecture notes and 1st aid chapter for biochemistry and i added notes from kaplan to 1st aid ..
i feel like i didnt memorize any thing and the information r not well arranges and my brain like iam lost


plz help me in a method that i can use to remember the biochemistry
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is 1st aid enough for the exam ??
Biochem is always tricky. I completely get your situation. I felt the same way when I did it the first time. I don't know if my suggestion really helps.. but I think it becomes easier to remember things once you do the questions.. because just by reading the explanations you tend to remember the important reactions.. once done with that, go through the cycles and charts again.. I think that helped me some bit.. but I guess repeated revisions is the only way to master the thing.. good luck!
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Biochem is always tricky. I completely get your situation. I felt the same way when I did it the first time. I don't know if my suggestion really helps.. but I think it becomes easier to remember things once you do the questions.. because just by reading the explanations you tend to remember the important reactions.. once done with that, go through the cycles and charts again.. I think that helped me some bit.. but I guess repeated revisions is the only way to master the thing.. good luck!
in ur openian 1st aid is enough to review or i should review kaplan lec notes??
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in ur openian 1st aid is enough to review or i should review kaplan lec notes??
Look, in my opinion, if it's your first time through the lecture notes, do them at least one more time. I did biochem lecture notes 4 times (the fourth time really quickly). But if you are pressed for time, I suppose you should be okay with doing the lecture notes once again carefully.. after that do the questions (works wonders to consolidate facts into memory).. you will realize that you can actually do the biochem portion of first aid in like half a day prior to the exams after that.. don't worry, you'll get it.. remember it's like that for everyone at first.. Hope this helps.
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Biochem is always tricky. I completely get your situation. I felt the same way when I did it the first time. I don't know if my suggestion really helps.. but I think it becomes easier to remember things once you do the questions.. because just by reading the explanations you tend to remember the important reactions.. once done with that, go through the cycles and charts again.. I think that helped me some bit.. but I guess repeated revisions is the only way to master the thing.. good luck!

ya ,i want to give the very similar ans for biochem.do repeatedly the questions.that will help u a lot.only reading FA is not enough.if u already subscribed for UW then do the biochem qestions 3/4 days..only biochem..that was my technique...!hope that it will help u.
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congrats on getting a good score n all the best for the comin steps...

i am also planning to take my steps, i just did my graduation, n now m very confused about whether i shud my internship first and then study for my steps or shud i go the other way.... wat do u suggest ?
Actually it depend on a lot of factors.if u r determined about usmle then do ASAP...!& u know if u r from Asia..our internship is not valued here.
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as u told this exam is lot a about concepts .how much do u think uworld prepares for concepts does it have most of concepts?

u did uworld once or twice?

thanks a lot u've been very kind
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as u told this exam is lot a about concepts .how much do u think uworld prepares for concepts does it have most of concepts?

u did uworld once or twice?

thanks a lot u've been very kind
i think it prepares for most of the concepts..but ya it also depends on hows ur previous basic & conception of kaplan.& somtym i think uw is too tough..!

i did only once...i dint hav tym to revise..
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u really worked hard ...... now goood to c u at CK forums i also started for CK ... and i might b taking it in next 3 to 4 months .. coz its goood to finish with the steps during my med school coz alot more things to do in life /..... gooodluck for CK .......... awesome score ... :P happy for you
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