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Friends, i took nbme form 15 last week and scored usmle step 1 equivalent score of 177. Raw score was 260. I hope to go for beckers review for usmle step 1 in dallas from august 24, 2015 through october 9, 2015. What is my chance of scoring nothing less than 230 on usmle step 1 from 177 at the moment. Every candid advise will be highly appreciated. I do not want to spend $6,000.00 and still do not score up to 230 when i take step 1 middle of october this year. Please give your opinion and advise. Thanks
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Hi,

Taking a course may or may not be a good idea. You have to remember that you still have to do most of the work on your own.
Have you done a question bank yet? Or are you just starting to prepare?
First aid should be your best friend. Reading it once, twice won't help. You have to learn and understand the stuff that's written there. You may want to start on your own. If you need help with understanding things in FA, DIT might be a way to go. They practically paraphrase the whole book to you. If you use their program correctly, your score should go up.
The bottom line is. No program in the world will guarantee you that you will succeed (i.e. get your dream score) on this test. That's because they don't drill a hole in your head and pour all the information in.
I don't know about Beckers review, so I cannot give you any feedback on that. But the advantage of these programs is that there are plenty of students just like you and it should motivate you to study hard. Maybe you need this peer pressure, maybe not. You have to decide.
Other then that, FA+UW+Pathoma+/-DIT, if used correctly, will get you to 230+ score also. (And it will not cost 6000)
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Hi,

Taking a course may or may not be a good idea. You have to remember that you still have to do most of the work on your own.
Have you done a question bank yet? Or are you just starting to prepare?
First aid should be your best friend. Reading it once, twice won't help. You have to learn and understand the stuff that's written there. You may want to start on your own. If you need help with understanding things in FA, DIT might be a way to go. They practically paraphrase the whole book to you. If you use their program correctly, your score should go up.
The bottom line is. No program in the world will guarantee you that you will succeed (i.e. get your dream score) on this test. That's because they don't drill a hole in your head and pour all the information in.
I don't know about Beckers review, so I cannot give you any feedback on that. But the advantage of these programs is that there are plenty of students just like you and it should motivate you to study hard. Maybe you need this peer pressure, maybe not. You have to decide.
Other then that, FA+UW+Pathoma+/-DIT, if used correctly, will get you to 230+ score also. (And it will not cost 6000)
I have done Uworld 3X, Pathoma 2X, First Aid 2X. I have not done DIT.
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uh oh.
Since you've done all of this and didn't help, maybe a good program might not be a bad idea after all. How did you study FA? What were your percentage in UW (first pass?)
When you did NBME - what were your weak areas?
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uh oh.
Since you've done all of this and didn't help, maybe a good program might not be a bad idea after all. How did you study FA? What were your percentage in UW (first pass?)
When you did NBME - what were your weak areas?
Uworld 1st pass=55%. My uworld average now =70%.
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Oh man, you sound just like me.
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