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Help Preparing for Step 1 in Arab Spring Country!

I can't write on the thread i usually post on so i thought i'd throw one into the sea...my soul needs saving and I would appreciate the advice, if there is still hope

I was supposed to finish UW by now and take an NBME, but i still have 15 blocks to go (haven't studied in about a week or more-lots of fighting around us so I couldn't- i live in an "Arab Spring" country).

Inspite of the fact i had 15 blocks left in UW, I decided to take the scheduled NBME anyway. Amazingly enough, i failed -as in less than the passing score.

Even more amazingly enough, my exam is after exactly 4 weeks...

A lot of you have shown a lot of wisdom (and honesty) while writing in this forum, i hope you can help me out as well,

I'm ready to hear anything...
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My prep so far:
-First phase: basic foundation (kaplans, BRS, etc.)
-Second phase: FA (with kaplan's annotations)
-Third (and current) phase: FA and UW (annotating UW on FA)

Plan was to finish the third phase and with 4 weeks left, do FA and DIT twice, with multiple NBME'S here and there.

My UW score started out in the high 40's, and has been gradually and slowly rising. I am now scoring high 50's/low 60's.
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Postpone your exam
You need more time

And with the extra time you can get out there and protest and fight the good fight!
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Postpone your exam
You need more time

And with the extra time you can get out there and protest and fight the good fight!
dont worry about that -already protesting, every friday down on the streets...well, no more for me! from now on my life will be step 1 and only step 1!

I already went through all the phases everyone usually goes through.
How long do i postpone? and What am i gonna do with the extra time?
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1.first of all, just postpone ur exam bcoz u r scared of ur exam date(deadline)....this will give u a relief and will abort ur stress as seen in ur thread.....
2.i think ur prep as far is good......u just need to go thru FA+ UWORLD again and again......
3.giving NBME b4 completing uworld was ur wrong decision.....leave it and dont think abt it ....
4.just finish ur uworld and GIVE REVISIONS OF FA+UWORLD AS MUCH AS U CAN....then when u r satisfied , take NBME......only take it when u r SATISFIED.....ok
5.HAVE FAITH IN GOD.......PRAY TO GOD TO GIVE U STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO FIGHT THE BATTLE ie.USMLE STEP 1........and dont worry u r going to do well from now onwards ..........cheer uppp.......
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1.first of all, just postpone ur exam bcoz u r scared of ur exam date(deadline)....this will give u a relief and will abort ur stress as seen in ur thread.....
2.i think ur prep as far is good......u just need to go thru FA+ UWORLD again and again......
3.giving NBME b4 completing uworld was ur wrong decision.....leave it and dont think abt it ....
4.just finish ur uworld and GIVE REVISIONS OF FA+UWORLD AS MUCH AS U CAN....then when u r satisfied , take NBME......only take it when u r SATISFIED.....ok
5.HAVE FAITH IN GOD.......PRAY TO GOD TO GIVE U STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO FIGHT THE BATTLE ie.USMLE STEP 1........and dont worry u r going to do well from now onwards ..........cheer uppp.......
I've been analyzing the reasons all day, i thought maybe coz i went too fast during my initial kaplan read, OR i prematurely took the NBME, OR not studying for a week took my mind out of the "game"...OR a combination of all these reasons!

thnx for the post doc, hopefully someone will be there for you in your time of need as well

good luck with your studies
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I think your prep covers all the important sources. Just start dit now and use the 15 blocks u have left in uw to go along with each day of dit. Dit is meant to be done in 15 days .. This way Ull be doing dit, FA, Dit work book and a block of uw per day! If u stick thru it and finish all of it in 15 days u will have time to reevaluate urself and make a decision. Take an NBME again after the 15 days and see where u stand. The decision is yours whether to postpone the exam or go ahead with it! But 1 month can make a lot difference so goodluck and make the next 15-30 days count and improve ur score as much as u can!
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thanx renaissance...

i will only say forget abt the past ......it was a nightmare .....and one thing i must tell u and may be u shud be knowing that whenever u r broken PRAY TO GOD......HE is the one that willl always support u ......as u know GOD HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES.......and BEST OF LUCK FOR THE STEP .......!!!
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and though i have said postpone ur exam.....its ur decision as hope2pass said......U SHUD BE AND ONLY U SHUD BE TAKING UR OWN DECISIONS.......good luck again frnd......
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I think your prep covers all the important sources. Just start dit now and use the 15 blocks u have left in uw to go along with each day of dit. Dit is meant to be done in 15 days .. This way Ull be doing dit, FA, Dit work book and a block of uw per day! If u stick thru it and finish all of it in 15 days u will have time to reevaluate urself and make a decision. Take an NBME again after the 15 days and see where u stand. The decision is yours whether to postpone the exam or go ahead with it! But 1 month can make a lot difference so goodluck and make the next 15-30 days count and improve ur score as much as u can!
guess it makes sense, since im gonna pay the 50$ anyway
I'll wait 15 days -during which i will do FA + UW + DIT

after finishing them (or IF i finish them), i will do an NBME, if i get a decent score then i will continue, if not then i will postpone...

Thank you for ur help
P.S. i read a couple of ur threads and saw ur story, i must say -very inspiring!
Hopefully i'll gather enough courage to carry on as well

Good luck
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guess it makes sense, since im gonna pay the 50$ anyway
I'll wait 15 days -during which i will do FA + UW + DIT

after finishing them (or IF i finish them), i will do an NBME, if i get a decent score then i will continue, if not then i will postpone...

Thank you for ur help
P.S. i read a couple of ur threads and saw ur story, i must say -very inspiring!
Hopefully i'll gather enough courage to carry on as well

Good luck
Thanks! Just trying to fight off the beast myself! A failure slows you down and limits your chances but there's still a good chance and I am staying positive to make the most out of the given opportunity goodluck to you as well.
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@Renaissance:

I think it's the timing of the nbme...

If you're not yet in your extended eligibility period, I suggest you postpone as early as now. Hehehe!! Save yourself from the unhealthy amount of stress and loss of sleep. Insomnia/anxiety will make matters worse in my opinion. (I know bec. I can't sleep right now and it's 4 am already. I keep thinking about my schedule. )

To add to everyone's bright ideas here , I also have a suggestion since you're scoring in the 50's in uworld...

After uworld first pass (and/or DIT), when you're reviewing the subjects for the second time, go back and answer again the subjects that you were weak in uworld. For example, after reading physio cardio in BRS physio/FA, then, answer physio cardio again in uworld. Chances are you'll grasp the concepts more fully this time -- since it's just after the subject review. It will only take a little of your time bec. you don't need to take down notes since you've done it in your first pass already.

In topics/subjects that you're scoring 40's, you might need to go back to the kaplan videos and revise the uw notes thoroughly on those areas.

Good luck!

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Good luck in ur study Renaissance !! I know what u r going through.. Im from the same area I live far though but the stress put me in a very hard time !! try to focus on ur study and gather with friends in the university.. I know they make study groups there !! find a study partner I think it's very useful !

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