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Old 02-05-2012
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Help Passed NBME 7 and 12 but Failed Step 1

Hello Thank you for reading this, I would like to share with you my experience, I will appreciate your advices and any other ideas

I'm an IMG, graduated 2008 I worked 2 years in my country and then I decided to come to US. In the beginning it was really hard for me to get used to a new country, new language and also I realized that I had forgot many things in those two years I was working.

I started Kaplan videos and attended Kaplan live and lectures and did Kaplan Qbank, but I Felt lost even though I was studying for more than 8 months.

Finally after one year trying to prepare myself I began to understand apply and recall the information, I prepared for another 6 months, during that time I took 3 different NBME forms and failed all of them.

I decided to stop for a month. because I felt I needed a brake, then I started again and focused my study time on UW Q bank, Goljan audios and First Aid. I scheduled my exam and then I did (NBME 7) I scored 350 which means 178/76, I was more motivated coz I improved 60 points since my last NBME.

I quit My Job and decided to study full time because I had 30 days before my step 1, I basically reviewed questions and first aid that last month and 4 days before my exam I took NBME form 12 (timed mode) and got 400 which means I should get 82. I felt comfortable with the result because my UW score was 60 (finished all q bank twice) and everything in that moment was pointing that I would pass my step 1.

the day before my exam, I took a break. the next day I arrived early to prometric, when I started my exam many questions looked familiar to me, I only took one lunch break for 25 min, and in the end I was not tired.

One month later I got my results and I scored 185/74. I was really mad at me and frustrated.

I know I have killed most of my chances, but I'm not going to give up also I wanna apply this year because next year I will be considered as "old" + "IMG" +" Step 1 failed". that is very bad combination. but i know that this goal is very hard to accomplish.

How can improve my chances???
I don't understand why I failed maybe you can tell me
How can I get a score above 90???

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Old 02-06-2012
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Keep reading and doing questions until the NBME predicts for you 190+

Do not take the test if the NBME predicts less than 190.

You need to take at least 3 months off from your job, immediately before the exam.

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Cool Gave step 1 without giving nbme!!!

i am kinda in the same boat.. 2008 img.. i had actually scheduled my step 1 for 28 dec 2011, but right around my exam i had a miscarriage... and was so emotionally drained.. and took nbme before exam, i failed.. i extended my eligibility period, and gave the exam yesterday- 28/3/2012.. i didnt study the way i did before dec, but mentall y i was a bit relaxed.. i did uw +fa..felt more confident and guess wot,I WENT FOR THE EXAM WITHOUT GIVING NBME.. i think i am one among the very very few ppl who gave the exam without giving nbme.. i am not a loser, i ve been above avg during med school.. and after giving the exam, i realised i ve done few silly mistakes, but at the same time i ve done right ones too... so i am hanging in the middle, and since i dont want to give up, i am mentally prepared to retake the exam in case i fail... by the way i ve scheduled cs on may 18th... its all a mess..
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