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I tried searching on this forum, and few others, but could not find any information on the Becker q bank.

The usmle WhatsApp group that i'm a part of, sampled some questions, which seem extremely challenging.

My test, is around the last week of November, and currently, I have half of Kaplan left.

Can anyone, who are currently using the bank, give a short review? If you have completed the exam, did it help as a study tool; and/or improve your score?

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Its pretty decent, same as lets say truelearn also, but dont expect kaplan or uworld, but its good.
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Its pretty decent, same as lets say truelearn also, but dont expect kaplan or uworld, but its good.
I saw a few questions, and they were real tricky. Or maybe those were the ones that my study partners shared with me (probably because they were tricky!!)

So was torn between, if I should invest my time in Becker, besides working on the q banks I already have (UW, 90%, Kaplan, 25%). Besides, my test date is about a month away.

I heard Becker does not offer a cumulative score.
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Thats true I dont have a cumulative, nor if the percentage correct, etc. But it depends what do you want it for, more questions?
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Hi pedrogamezzz,
I've been myself looking for becker qbank reviews. Nobody seems to have done the whole qbank hence no proper reviews. Most people have only tried it a bit uptil now. Looks like you're the first one to tell us properly about it. Thanks for that.
Actually, with all the becker hype, I was expecting it's qbank to be something great. Not upto the Uworld level but close to it & definitely better than kaplan. But you're saying it's the opposite. Does that mean it's not worth it? I am not exactly looking for extra questions, but something that really fill in the gaps and provide extra outlook into the exam. Something that could take a 230 score all the way up to 250+. Does becker qbank look like it can do this job?
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Thank you ...I was wondering the same thing about the Becker qbank.
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Goku. It's not a waste of time doing the qbanks. You may have seen how difficult are those questions on your group. It'd really tough, tricky. Not even comparable with Kaplan qbank.
Accept what I told you :P. See you on Monday. You will see how tough it is.
I will let you use my Becker qbank :P lol
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I think it doesn't matter how tough a qbank is. It's relevance to step 1 matters. They could make a qbank as tough as IM board exam and it will not be good for step 1 because of no relevance.
So can someone please tell in terms of relevance to the actual step 1 exam, how is it? I'm guessing less than UWorld (because that's the gold standard). But is it atleast more than kaplan & rx?
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I think it doesn't matter how tough a qbank is. It's relevance to step 1 matters. They could make a qbank as tough as IM board exam and it will not be good for step 1 because of no relevance.
So can someone please tell in terms of relevance to the actual step 1 exam, how is it? I'm guessing less than UWorld (because that's the gold standard). But is it atleast more than kaplan & rx?
Do you know that now a days UW is becoming less relevant?
Are you taking the experience from other step 1 takers?
Recent step 1 takers I mean after May 11th ( even after these last 3 months)
If you read experience from 2 or 1 year ago ok that's true UW is the most relevant qbank.

Read forums ,read experence from other recent people. Exam is tougher and becoming more closely to Kaplan. Because we know Kaplan is tougher than UW. But people don't say or at least don't compare to Becker, because they just don't know Becker.
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Debate about other qbanks aside. The real question remains, how relevant is Becker qbank to the actual step 1 exam?
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Debate about other qbanks aside. The real question remains, how relevant is Becker qbank to the actual step 1 exam?
Do it and post your experiences with others good luck
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When, and if, I do it, I will definitely post my experience. But it would be so kind of people who have already done it if they could please tell?
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Hi pedrogamezzz,
I've been myself looking for becker qbank reviews. Nobody seems to have done the whole qbank hence no proper reviews. Most people have only tried it a bit uptil now. Looks like you're the first one to tell us properly about it. Thanks for that.
Actually, with all the becker hype, I was expecting it's qbank to be something great. Not upto the Uworld level but close to it & definitely better than kaplan. But you're saying it's the opposite. Does that mean it's not worth it? I am not exactly looking for extra questions, but something that really fill in the gaps and provide extra outlook into the exam. Something that could take a 230 score all the way up to 250+. Does becker qbank look like it can do this job?
It is said that some of authors of Becker have worked on Kaplan before. Definitely is more similar to Kaplan. Not as good as Uworld. It is a good question bank. Again thinking about boosting score I donít think another qbank is going to make the difference if you complete it although doing more questions is good, never bad.
But remember, every time you do a question from whatever bank, there is certain flaws in certain banks. For instance Usmlerx (too specific some questions, good for learning first aid), kaplan (more biochemistry, definitely all question are tricky, as many have said on the forum, not all questions are like this on the real test, so you have to ponder at some point how much you are deviating from the true thing, versus again knowledge). Uworld (hard questions again but more NBME wise) Becker (more kaplan wise)
Again if you want to boost your score you have to analyze what you are doing wrong. At the simplest of levels one would think in this order:
1. Not enough knowledge (so you cannot make diagnosis based on the questions or get a grasps or feel were does the questions is sending you) this one should be mastered early.
2. Not addressing the questions properly. ALWAYS follow the same rules in your head. For me that is (read the last phrase, read all the case carefully and with calm, emphasizing the key words or clues, READ ALL answers. Again if you can minimize stupid mistakes questions it is also a very good.
3. Finally what its left are your real weaknesses. Thrive on them. Anatomy one of mine, just every day I repeat all the reading one more time and again and again until I know it by memory.

Again, this is going to probably be a mix of the 3 aspects. Donít fear of going to no 1 in some things (usually pathology) read again your KLN or use a video from DIT or Kaplan to quickly grasp does clues you are missing (Pathoma also). Goljan for me is too long, not worthwhile, good reference for quick reading.

And thatís it. Fill your gaps and learn how to do questions. At the end I think that is it.
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Thank you pedrogamezzz for your detailed advice.
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hi ! im almost finishing their qbank. its good. i already used uworld. Two friends of mine made uworld and some questions of becker and took the step and said there where a lot of the questions of becker. I know that when i took their review they actually asked the students to tell them when they took the step the questions that appeared so they could put it on the q bank. and its budget friendly.

I think everyone should do uworld, but becker can give you some actual usmle questions... so i guess both should be done.
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hi ! im almost finishing their qbank. its good. i already used uworld. Two friends of mine made uworld and some questions of becker and took the step and said there where a lot of the questions of becker. I know that when i took their review they actually asked the students to tell them when they took the step the questions that appeared so they could put it on the q bank. and its budget friendly.

I think everyone should do uworld, but becker can give you some actual usmle questions... so i guess both should be done.
I'm strongly considering using their Qbank because it is cheap and apparently has good questions, but I have also read that there are a number of errors in both the questions and explanations. Have you or your friends encountered this? Also, when you say your friends noticed questions from the Becker Qbank on their Step 1 exam, were these questions not already covered by UWorld or other Qbanks? You said you already finished UWorld so how would you say the Becker Qbank compares to it? Thanks.
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hi ! im almost finishing their qbank. its good. i already used uworld. Two friends of mine made uworld and some questions of becker and took the step and said there where a lot of the questions of becker. I know that when i took their review they actually asked the students to tell them when they took the step the questions that appeared so they could put it on the q bank. and its budget friendly.

I think everyone should do uworld, but becker can give you some actual usmle questions... so i guess both should be done.
The were pretty good questions as you said. On the diagnostic part they were incredible, some of them more difficult than Kaplan. The main difference I think with other question bank is that some of them were prettyyy short questions (not in a bad way), so just 2 or 3 symptoms and think about difficult differentials.

In that sense helps a lot. Also many pathology images.
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I'm strongly considering using their Qbank because it is cheap and apparently has good questions, but I have also read that there are a number of errors in both the questions and explanations. Have you or your friends encountered this? Also, when you say your friends noticed questions from the Becker Qbank on their Step 1 exam, were these questions not already covered by UWorld or other Qbanks? You said you already finished UWorld so how would you say the Becker Qbank compares to it? Thanks.
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The error that i found was that it marked one question as good, lets say A, and in the explanation it says that it was B and explained why B was the correct. That has been the mayor error. But then nothing more.... maybe they have correct it. They have a feedback botton, so i just wrote it and they answer me right away.
In comparison to uworld, i could say becker its harder, im getting 35-45% first pass with becker, and in uworld i was getting 50%. Uworld has longer questions and longer explanations, and the educational objective. Becker has harder but short to medium size questions, with no educational objective.

Dont know if my friends did saw uworld questions also in the step... i do have saw some becker question that i had saw similar in uworld.

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The error that i found was that it marked one question as good, lets say A, and in the explanation it says that it was B and explained why B was the correct. That has been the mayor error. But then nothing more.... maybe they have correct it. They have a feedback botton, so i just wrote it and they answer me right away.
In comparison to uworld, i could say becker its harder, im getting 35-45% first pass with becker, and in uworld i was getting 50%. Uworld has longer questions and longer explanations, and the educational objective. Becker has harder but short to medium size questions, with no educational objective.

Dont know if my friends did saw uworld questions also in the step... i do have saw some becker question that i had saw similar in uworld.

i hope this replay to your concerns.
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wait there are no educational objectives??
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for educational objective i mean like uworld at the end of each explanation they have an "educational objective" telling what was the impotant ( the objective) think of knowing for that question. it is like a resume of the explanation. Uworld offers a too detailed explaining so it helps that at the end.
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for educational objective i mean like uworld at the end of each explanation they have an "educational objective" telling what was the impotant ( the objective) think of knowing for that question. it is like a resume of the explanation. Uworld offers a too detailed explaining so it helps that at the end.
So Becker doesnt have a Bottom Line (ilke Rx) or Educational Objective (like uworld)?
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no, but they are very direct when explaining
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no, but they are very direct when explaining
Have you done Kaplan, Rx, or uWorld banks? What is the differences bw those? Is Becker considerably worse than any of those 3 banks or maybe even TrueLearn?
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Have you done Kaplan, Rx, or uWorld banks? What is the differences bw those? Is Becker considerably worse than any of those 3 banks or maybe even TrueLearn?
i did uworld. i did compared them in an earlier comment.
The makers of becker are the same old teachers from kaplan so maybe they are a like.

I dont consider it worse than uworl, it was i bit harder.

about truelearn, its the first time i hear about it, people tend to use the other 3 q banks.

I do have hear from Rx that its really good to learn the facts, and kaplan, u world or becker for the most tricky things
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Have you done Kaplan, Rx, or uWorld banks? What is the differences bw those? Is Becker considerably worse than any of those 3 banks or maybe even TrueLearn?
My rank:

1. Uworld
2. Becker/Kaplan (again this is really dependent on everyone perception of questions)
3. Usmlerx (just because its first aid stuff condensated)
4. Truelearn

Uworld: Difficult questions, large questions, distractors, good diagnosis questions and integration with basic science. Usually the answers can be deducted from the stem by rationale (by this I mean, clues and also non relevant data are in the stem) or by discarding available answers. Again, this is variable of course. The only perfect thing about this is that integration is soooo good in uworld that you will not find this good integration in any other qbank. Of course that is what it makes it the most expensive and mandatory.*The way I see it is for exam purposes it helps you get in good shape and stamina and also prepared for hard questions.

Becker: Short and long questions, diagnosis ones are hard because there are not that many clues (good for differential dx capacity). Good integration also, never as uworld of course, but because nothing much is written you have to think a lot. *The bias could be that you still need to stay with uworld way of stating questions and that is (much of the answers can be deducted) and not the other way around cause you can start messing up.
Again this again helps in that, whatever questions in whatever format they put you in front of, you will be able to answer them.

Kaplan: After the former 2 it starts to get simple in some things. I have had blocks with scores of 82% again after doing uworld and becker the same day. (Again switching from one way of asking from different qbanks its not an easy thing sometimes, keep that in mind, maybe someone goes the other way around and screws up in kaplan)

Usmlerx: First aid knowledge in question format (testing your memorization capacity and some dx application) This is mandatory as I see it.

Truelearn: More questions, ranging from straight easy to hard also, some questions are not asked in any other question bank.(More practice as I see it)

Again, your strategy depends on you, but for beginners you should start in this order the way I see it.

1. Usmlerx or Truelearn (while reading kaplan and first aid)
2. Finish LN and do Kaplan (wait until you are above or on 70% score) It should not take long.
2. Start Becker and Uworld after No.2, but if doing astonishingly bad, finish kaplan and just do 1 block per day or something like that while you memorize more and more first aid.

I am open to discussion of this, currently I am doing all of them and is hard to switch from qbanks, I have learned a lot from other qbanks. Again, the way I see it is Uworld is mandatory and has to be repeated possibly (but this are the best questions, so you want to reserve them for the end).

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