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Took my Test on Aug 18. I'm an IMG.

The questions were pretty much conceptual. It was like more or less comparable to NBME 15, 16, 17 and UWorld.
The length of questions was evenly balanced. Somewhere pretty long but the rest was counter balanced by some really short questions. I managed to finish all blocks with some 7-8 minutes in hand. The First block was little tough but the rest were comparatively easy. Managing breaks was easy. I skipped tutorial and hence had 14 minutes break left at the end of last block.

Media questions: There were two murmurs, two ECGs, 4 CTs, some histology slides and few gross pathology specimens. Most of them were recognizable easily, pretty comparable to First Aid pics and some by history too.
Ethics questions were do-able and biostatistics was ok.
Anatomy: Need to know the basics that we read in Med School
Physiology and Pathology were in abundance.
Other subjects were pretty much First Aid only
Virtually everything was tested.

Of course there were some out of the world questions about 10 questions which I would not be able to answer even if I had read for one more year. Some 20-25 questions were really tough, tested very deeply which I had to guess ( I hope I get some of them right)
First Aid is something you need to master in last month. Every single line and word is a potential question so just don’t miss anything in it. Definitely Kaplan is what cements your concept.

My Suggestion:
Start from Kaplan (for Patho, do Goljan if time permits, else Pathoma)
Some topics in Behav science/Psych might not be covered by First Aid so read them later too again apart from First Aid’s behavioral science.

For the last 2 months just read First Aid and do NBMEs.
NBMEs ain’t a practice question set, they’re just meant to test your level and point out your weaknesses.
So find out your weaknesses and reinforce them. Re reading what you know again n again won’t improve much scores I guess, rather read those topics that you get wrong in NBMEs.
Revise Uworld in last month too.

Having said so much, I hope I get a good score so that I can add more to it when they come in 3 weeks time.
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Took my Test on Aug 18. I'm an IMG.

The questions were pretty much conceptual. It was like more or less comparable to NBME 15, 16, 17 and UWorld.
The length of questions was evenly balanced. Somewhere pretty long but the rest was counter balanced by some really short questions. I managed to finish all blocks with some 7-8 minutes in hand. The First block was little tough but the rest were comparatively easy. Managing breaks was easy. I skipped tutorial and hence had 14 minutes break left at the end of last block.

Media questions: There were two murmurs, two ECGs, 4 CTs, some histology slides and few gross pathology specimens. Most of them were recognizable easily, pretty comparable to First Aid pics and some by history too.
Ethics questions were do-able and biostatistics was ok.
Anatomy: Need to know the basics that we read in Med School
Physiology and Pathology were in abundance.
Other subjects were pretty much First Aid only
Virtually everything was tested.

Of course there were some out of the world questions about 10 questions which I would not be able to answer even if I had read for one more year. Some 20-25 questions were really tough, tested very deeply which I had to guess ( I hope I get some of them right)
First Aid is something you need to master in last month. Every single line and word is a potential question so just donít miss anything in it. Definitely Kaplan is what cements your concept.

My Suggestion:
Start from Kaplan (for Patho, do Goljan if time permits, else Pathoma)
Some topics in Behav science/Psych might not be covered by First Aid so read them later too again apart from First Aidís behavioral science.

For the last 2 months just read First Aid and do NBMEs.
NBMEs ainít a practice question set, theyíre just meant to test your level and point out your weaknesses.
So find out your weaknesses and reinforce them. Re reading what you know again n again wonít improve much scores I guess, rather read those topics that you get wrong in NBMEs.
Revise Uworld in last month too.

Having said so much, I hope I get a good score so that I can add more to it when they come in 3 weeks time.
Sounds like a good plan. Similar to mine. Just used Kaplan, Pathoma, FA and took notes from uworld into first aid. I was thinking of using BRS behavioral science with kaplan vids because that's all I have left.

What were your nbme scores like?
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Sounds like a good plan. Similar to mine. Just used Kaplan, Pathoma, FA and took notes from uworld into first aid. I was thinking of using BRS behavioral science with kaplan vids because that's all I have left.

What were your nbme scores like?
If you have completed Kaplan Behav Science, I think doing BRS Behav Science MCQs would suffice but, you have time you can go through text. For ethics 100 cases can come handy too. My NBME scores were in 180s/200 in for the last 3 sets. I will write another detailed study plan once i get scores..

When are you taking your exam?
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If you have completed Kaplan Behav Science, I think doing BRS Behav Science MCQs would suffice but, you have time you can go through text. For ethics 100 cases can come handy too. My NBME scores were in 180s/200 in for the last 3 sets. I will write another detailed study plan once i get scores..

When are you taking your exam?
I'm taking I think mid December. I have elgibilty tull December 31st
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Took my Test on Aug 18. I'm an IMG.

The questions were pretty much conceptual. It was like more or less comparable to NBME 15, 16, 17 and UWorld.
The length of questions was evenly balanced. Somewhere pretty long but the rest was counter balanced by some really short questions. I managed to finish all blocks with some 7-8 minutes in hand. The First block was little tough but the rest were comparatively easy. Managing breaks was easy. I skipped tutorial and hence had 14 minutes break left at the end of last block.

Media questions: There were two murmurs, two ECGs, 4 CTs, some histology slides and few gross pathology specimens. Most of them were recognizable easily, pretty comparable to First Aid pics and some by history too.
Ethics questions were do-able and biostatistics was ok.
Anatomy: Need to know the basics that we read in Med School
Physiology and Pathology were in abundance.
Other subjects were pretty much First Aid only
Virtually everything was tested.

Of course there were some out of the world questions about 10 questions which I would not be able to answer even if I had read for one more year. Some 20-25 questions were really tough, tested very deeply which I had to guess ( I hope I get some of them right)
First Aid is something you need to master in last month. Every single line and word is a potential question so just donít miss anything in it. Definitely Kaplan is what cements your concept.

My Suggestion:
Start from Kaplan (for Patho, do Goljan if time permits, else Pathoma)
Some topics in Behav science/Psych might not be covered by First Aid so read them later too again apart from First Aidís behavioral science.

For the last 2 months just read First Aid and do NBMEs.
NBMEs ainít a practice question set, theyíre just meant to test your level and point out your weaknesses.
So find out your weaknesses and reinforce them. Re reading what you know again n again wonít improve much scores I guess, rather read those topics that you get wrong in NBMEs.
Revise Uworld in last month too.

Having said so much, I hope I get a good score so that I can add more to it when they come in 3 weeks time.

Did you take offline nbmes?
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If you have completed Kaplan Behav Science, I think doing BRS Behav Science MCQs would suffice but, you have time you can go through text. For ethics 100 cases can come handy too. My NBME scores were in 180s/200 in for the last 3 sets. I will write another detailed study plan once i get scores..

When are you taking your exam?
I'm taking I think mid December. I have elgibilty tull December 31st
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I'm taking I think mid December. I have elgibilty tull December 31st
That's good. You have loads of time. You can read some extra stuff in this period too. Do read FA over and over. You will do good.
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hey I just started my step 1 prep, could you tell us anything about what showed up from "quality improvement principles and safety science". Any thing in particular we need to worry about??


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How exactly should you think I should do Biostats and behavorial sc? What book which videos etc?
If you have enough time, do Kaplan Behav Science two times (as Behav science is the only subj not covered well by First Aid)
Make sure you do Uworld too and BRS Behav science book questions only(as theory is covered well by Kaplan book)

Biostats- gen concept from kaplan once followed by First Aid reading then Uworld. Do NBMEs to assess your performance.

For Ethics, Conrad Fischer should be enough, plus the exam questions on ethics were do-able.


I hope that helps...
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hey I just started my step 1 prep, could you tell us anything about what showed up from "quality improvement principles and safety science". Any thing in particular we need to worry about??


I don't remember anything exactly from this topic. Probably it must have been intermingled with some clinical scenario, like preventive measure for some disease or risk factors may be.
Not sure though...
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Did you take offline nbmes?
If you think you can assess yourself(subject wise/topic wise) you can do offline.
Otherwise go for online. Esp for the last few sets, namely 15,16,17..
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