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I took the NBME form 13 today and the total points were 190 out of 800, which translated to a 162 on a USMLE Step 1 3 digit scale.

I honestly wasn't expecting a very high score, but I was hoping to at least get a 180. I registered for the March to May 31st eligibility period to take my exam so I'm glad I took the NBME now and realized I got work to do.

Some background information: Graduted med school in July 2014, and I worked in an outpatient family clinic for a bit over a year, until Sept 2015. During that year I was very on/off my studying, watching some Dr. Najeeb lectures and completed one read of only 3 subjects of Kaplan (anat/phys/biochem). In Sept 2015 is when I seriously started studying, as I attended the Kaplan 14 week live lectures course in Chicago and am still here right now studying at least 8-10 hours a day, much more than while I was working after graduation.

I was thinking of doing the following and would like you guys' opinion. I just recently in the past 2 weeks finished Dr. Najeeb's entire Neuroanatomy/Neurophysiology set of lectures and it makes 100x more sense than it did in Kaplan, where it just kinda brushed over me. Many things in Kaplan kinda brushed over me as I didn't have a clear concept down in many parts to begin with, so ideally I'd like to do Najeeb's lectures from start to finish, but not sure if I'll be able to make it in time for the exam then.

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On Kaplan Qbank on one block I usually score anywhere from 45-65%.
I haven't actually gone through FA completely yet, as the Kaplan advisors suggested to go through my first read of Kaplan first and don't touch FA until I begin the "next phase" of my studying. But I have looked at it and jotted some notes here and there. And yes, I technically finished "one read" of Kaplan as I've done the entire live lectures (which includes one read of Pathoma as well). Not that I remember all the details though.

If anyone has any recommendations or ideas, or if it's even possible to improve my score to around 230-240 by the time exam time comes around March-May, please reply.

I'll never give up!

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Anyone? If it's too long, to sum it up:

NBME 13 score 162. Exam eligibility period in March-May 31st. Is it possible to up it to 230-240 by then?
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You have enough time and you haven't even done first aid properly. Sit down and read every word of FA, purchase UWORLD and do three blocks daily subject wise and then re assess yourself after a month
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You have enough time and you haven't even done first aid properly. Sit down and read every word of FA, purchase UWORLD and do three blocks daily subject wise and then re assess yourself after a month
Thanks for replying. I still have about 500 questinos of Kaplan Qbank remaining, and just doing 1 block (44 Q) and reviewing every Q takes me 3 hours! 1 hour to do the block and 2 hours to review the entire block question by question.

And I also purchased the USMLE Rx Qbank, as I was told to do it in this order:

Kaplan QBank --> USMLE Rx --> UWorld 1-2 months before my exam.

What do you think?
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Thanks for replying. I still have about 500 questinos of Kaplan Qbank remaining, and just doing 1 block (44 Q) and reviewing every Q takes me 3 hours! 1 hour to do the block and 2 hours to review the entire block question by question.

And I also purchased the USMLE Rx Qbank, as I was told to do it in this order:

Kaplan QBank --> USMLE Rx --> UWorld 1-2 months before my exam.

What do you think?
Hi nagisafurukawa,

I've just done NBME 13 getting a not-so-reassuring 370/800. I am planning to take the step 1 by the end of October, but since I am currently enrolled in a residency program in my country, I already know I won't have too much time to study.
Would you please tell me how did you improve your score?
Right now I did USMLE Rx and FA 3 times, my plan is to do FA at least 10 times and start UWorld in a couple of weeks.
Any other advice?

thanks a lot
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Hey, check your PM
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Hey, check your PM
Thanks a lot dude, really helpful. Sorry if I reply here but apparently I don't have enough messages on this forum to do it through PM ahah
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It's cool. I was just out of space in my inbox but I cleared it up.
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It's cool. I was just out of space in my inbox but I cleared it up.
i have similar situation and same score... can u please pm me how u did cleared step 1?
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i have similar situation and same score... can u please pm me how u did cleared step 1?
Alright I'm just gonna post here to make life easy.

That was the first NBME I took and at that time I was doing one block of Kaplan Qbank a day on/off. On/off is the key word there, which is where I think I was my biggest mistake. I thought I knew things because during classroom discussions with friends I understood a lot of the material, and contributed nicely. But when it comes time for doing questions, it's a totally different story.

So what I did was start religiously doing more questions daily in the morning, as willpower tends to decrease as the day goes by, and it's near impossible to do and review questions when you're tired at the end of the day.

You need a mix between active and passive learning. Don't just listen to others and do the magical Uworld 24/7 and expect to do well only from that. Uworld is just a learning tool for your active learning, use it well but you also need your passive learning (videos, books, etc).

Do all your NBMEs as those questions are better than all the qbanks. Do them all and review them afterward thoroughly. Don't just look up the wrong answers in the forums, even review the ones you got right (that don't show up in the feedback portion), because sometimes you get them right for the wrong reason or just by pure luck. This will take hours, but it's well worth it.

Kaplan, FA, and Pathoma were my bibles for the Step 1. I wrote all over those books and I'm still using them for Step 2 CK prep. I eat w/ them, sleep w/ them, shower w/ them. As for videos, Kaplan and DIT were all I did for the most part.

Best Qbanks are Kaplan, Rx, and UWorld. Do Becker and TrueLearn if you run out of questions. Do your wrong Qs for Uworld for sure before your exam!

Get 7 hours of sleep minimum every day. Exercise at least 1 hr daily.

Just doing this for months and I was thankfully to God, able to score a 243 in 5 months since that first NBME I took.

Hope that helps! It's totally doable. Just needs sacrifice and hard work.
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thanks it is really helpful but can u please tell me when i did my nbme 12 i think question were easy than uworld. but i failed because i didn't touch F.A at that time and i didn't memorize .. now i have started doing uworld. but still i take atleast 6 hours with explanation on 1 block. the real exam is harder than nbme
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thanks it is really helpful but can u please tell me when i did my nbme 12 i think question were easy than uworld. but i failed because i didn't touch F.A at that time and i didn't memorize .. now i have started doing uworld. but still i take atleast 6 hours with explanation on 1 block. the real exam is harder than nbme
I felt like the real exam was just like taking a really long NBME, that's all. There were some easy questions, some really hard ones.

6 hours is WAY too long for 1 block. I know people say to take your time reviewing a block properly, but you need to be efficient, or else you'll be studying for this exam forever and will end up slowly forgetting the stuff you learned previously. You need a mix between efficiency and accuracy. Learn the material but make sure you are doing it quick enough so you can be exposed to more material to learn.

It'll take time to learn to do but it will come if you try hard. Time yourself with a stopwatch. Don't sit back and relax while reviewing qbanks. Sit up, back straight, focused. Every second counts.

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I felt like the real exam was just like taking a really long NBME, that's all. There were some easy questions, some really hard ones.

6 hours is WAY too long for 1 block. I know people say to take your time reviewing a block properly, but you need to be efficient, or else you'll be studying for this exam forever and will end up slowly forgetting the stuff you learned previously. You need a mix between efficiency and accuracy. Learn the material but make sure you are doing it quick enough so you can be exposed to more material to learn.

It'll take time to learn to do but it will come if you try hard. Time yourself with a stopwatch. Don't sit back and relax while reviewing qbanks. Sit up, back straight, focused. Every second counts.

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yes u'r rightmore time i'm taking and i'm forgetting the previous one thanks for u advice.
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I felt like the real exam was just like taking a really long NBME, that's all. There were some easy questions, some really hard ones.

6 hours is WAY too long for 1 block. I know people say to take your time reviewing a block properly, but you need to be efficient, or else you'll be studying for this exam forever and will end up slowly forgetting the stuff you learned previously. You need a mix between efficiency and accuracy. Learn the material but make sure you are doing it quick enough so you can be exposed to more material to learn.

It'll take time to learn to do but it will come if you try hard. Time yourself with a stopwatch. Don't sit back and relax while reviewing qbanks. Sit up, back straight, focused. Every second counts.

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Hi....congrats on the great score! It's inspiring to see such posts & good to see that ur hardwork paid off.Cld u tell me if the questions on the actual Step were like NBME qns...like were u able to get what they were asking?Or was it very difficult to even understand?And which NBME was closest in difficulty to the real exam in ur opinion?Thanks in advance & good luck for Step 2!
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Hi....congrats on the great score! It's inspiring to see such posts & good to see that ur hardwork paid off.Cld u tell me if the questions on the actual Step were like NBME qns...like were u able to get what they were asking?Or was it very difficult to even understand?And which NBME was closest in difficulty to the real exam in ur opinion?Thanks in advance & good luck for Step 2!
Yeah they were like NBME questions pretty much. I'd say 16 and 18 are the most similar and predictive.

And thank you for your kind words.
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Yeah they were like NBME questions pretty much. I'd say 16 and 18 are the most similar and predictive.

And thank you for your kind words.
Alright Thanks for ur reply & all the best!
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