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Hi Guys.
let's share our level of prep, nbme scores, discuss things, plans before exam and simply encourage each other !!!!

As for me: Have done FA once, it took me 2 months with UW and KQB for general subjects. yes it took me long, but i made notes of everything in it, btw i'm using 2012. now i don't remember the very first chapters of book.
next 10 days going to do second read of FA. than gonna do NBME 13 online.

after that have 18 days for DIT 2012 + 1 week for final FA review before exam.


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Kaplan+goljan RRpath+FA

doing UW(done with 75% and annonating FA 'll expire on 6th oct) and 2nd read FA

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Nbme 6(1months back) -163/199

planning to take NBME13.. have UWSA form 1 and 2 too can any body suggest how should time my self assesment...?? I plan to finish UW in 5-6 day and start 2nd pass

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Nice Job. Yeah i scored in uw between 75-80 too. my subscription expired and going to do uweapon with dit.
uwsa 1 block 1 hour.
when are you going to take 13?
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@beka-cts- your final UW average for timed, random blocks was 75-80%? wow that's amazing. you will get 240+ for sure. Did you use pathoma?
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i just have 4 weeks in hand
took NBME yesterday and my score was 191
my plan
do one NBME every week
still left with 20% uworld
will finish by this weekend
working on my weakness in NBME
along with FA
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@beka-cts- your final UW average for timed, random blocks was 75-80%? wow that's amazing. you will get 240+ for sure. Did you use pathoma?
No it wasn't random. it was subjectwise. yes i used pathoma too, right after i finished goljan. it only took 10 days and added many necessary points, especially in oncology of systems.

gl. i'm consantly forgetting biostat and pharm
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Hi Guys.
let's share our level of prep, nbme scores, discuss things, plans before exam and simply encourage each other !!!!

As for me: Have done FA once, it took me 2 months with UW and KQB for general subjects. yes it took me long, but i made notes of everything in it, btw i'm using 2012. now i don't remember the very first chapters of book.
next 10 days going to do second read of FA. than gonna do NBME 13 online.

after that have 18 days for DIT 2012 + 1 week for final FA review before exam.


Hope we'll do well.

@ Everyone

Best of Luck mates for your future exam! i wana know sth frm all of you guys

-have you guys quit reading kaplans for all subject after 2nd read? and
-you guys making FA like the main source of your knowledge ?
-Is annotating FA really necessary?
-last but not least, how should dit be geared up with FA? the material in DIT videos is more or less the text written in FA?

hope somebody amongst you solves this mental predicament that im facing right now...thanks in advance~! and all the best!
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ok as for me i look at kaplan now and then there are certain things which i feel i can only remember from kaplan...like pharma(though everybody says FA is enough for pharma but i like kaplan more)
i always do micro from FA
so in the end it depends on you what suits you best,
for some concepts you have to look at kaplan(except path for which i did goljan)
FA is a revision tool its for fast revision and for high yield stuff
so that you dont miss out on that
about DIT i started doing it but found it to be boring
the guy reads out FA
if you want some motivation and cannot do FA yourself then you can do it
so again its different person to person
and i annoted my FA when i was doing uworld
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ok as for me i look at kaplan now and then there are certain things which i feel i can only remember from kaplan...like pharma(though everybody says FA is enough for pharma but i like kaplan more)
i always do micro from FA
so in the end it depends on you what suits you best,
for some concepts you have to look at kaplan(except path for which i did goljan)
FA is a revision tool its for fast revision and for high yield stuff
so that you dont miss out on that
about DIT i started doing it but found it to be boring
the guy reads out FA
if you want some motivation and cannot do FA yourself then you can do it
so again its different person to person
and i annoted my FA when i was doing uworld


Hey thanks mate for your prompt reply...just wana know if there is anyother good alternative to goljan...either goljan rr(125pgs) + FA? or kaplan + Goljan RR(125pgs)+ FA? or brs pathology? what would you suggest to avoid this 6oo pgs long demon?
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hey sorry i cant comment on that because i never read any other book for path other than goljan...plus 125 pages
but there is a thread discussing that which book is better
anybody who would have done books other than goljan can comment
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hey sorry i cant comment on that because i never read any other book for path other than goljan...plus 125 pages
but there is a thread discussing that which book is better
anybody who would have done books other than goljan can comment
sorry buddy
thts ok mate much appreciated and loads of luck for ur exam~!
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Best of Luck mates for your future exam! i wana know sth frm all of you guys

-have you guys quit reading kaplans for all subject after 2nd read? and
-you guys making FA like the main source of your knowledge ?
-Is annotating FA really necessary?
-last but not least, how should dit be geared up with FA? the material in DIT videos is more or less the text written in FA?

hope somebody amongst you solves this mental predicament that im facing right now...thanks in advance~! and all the best!
Hi,
I don't like FA at all. I know everyone says it's THE BOOK! I'm not good at memorizing stuff, so I use KLN for everything (FA for a small part of micro-coz that subject just has to be memorized!).
I'm almost through UW now, and I just refer to KLN coz it actually tells you WHY, which helps me remember the facts better and hopefully help me reason out in the exam.
Just go with the book your more comfortable with. As for annotating FA (since I don't use FA) I just have my very own mini-reference book. If you know your basic concepts right, it shouldn't be hard for you to place your own notes with what you've already studied.
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Hi! I want to give my exam by end of october or nov as well. But seems like im far behind than most, not sure if i can make it in time??
Ive done all the basics with kaplan and goljan and even FA and DIT
Now currently doing uworld first pass- only completed 35% so far (im a bit slow ) And ofcourse need to do it the second time to actually do good on the exam... And take more NBME's after i finish uworld..

Do you guys think i can make it by november end if i just keep going and going... Im only doing a block a day, and i dont know how to make it go faster.. . Help please!!
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i have covered 3 reads of fa. completed 90% of uw with 70% cumulative score.my big worry is i am getting low score on nbme.i did onl nbme 13 and i was screwed,just managed to pass. i strtd getting second thots of dropping my usmle prep.sorry guys didnt mean to demotivate...now im going to concentrate on weak points as per nbme. taking my exam on 25 october.
p.s. nbme 13 checks ur over all knowledge. it has many twisted qts and fa wont help.
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hey nikhilt dont worry too much
try doing as many questions as you can
i learn maximum from doing questions
do uworld again in random timed mode
did you do uwsa,if not do it after uworld
though it over predicts your score but it will boost up your confidence
ok i am telling you what really works for me...the topics i am scared of most and dont want questions from those topics i always read them first....what i feel is we get questions wrong from only those topics,its good you are working on your weakness of NBME...you will be fine in the next NBME
just have faith in yourself and read as if this is the last time you are reading for some exam..i am sure you will improve
you just need to brush up some concepts maybe
i havnt taken NBME 13 so i cant tell you much
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hi guys

planning to take it in october too...
done with uw and fa once
did u guys start DIT?
the guy gets soooooo boring

lets keep each other motivated .
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So, how you guys doing?

upadate: done solving UW online with avg 76% yet to review 7 blocks.. 'll take NBME 13 after that.. just 26 days guys

plan: complete FA 2nd read and review 7 blocks of UW and give NBME 13.
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My exam after 24 days ...
read kaplan twice + one time first aid + UW 65%

After i had finished Kaplan without F.A or UW (before 1 and half months) i took NMBE form 3 offline and my score was about 183 (I did 70 wrong answers)!!

Yesterday after i finshed UW and first aid, i did nmbe form 6 offline and my score was 215 ( i did 45 wrong answers) ... Most of my mistakes were in behavior (10 mistakes) and genetics and some stupid mistakes!
During my study, i didn't focus in F.A very well and when i did NMBE, i found most of questions from F.A ... so i have to read the F.A very well.

In next 24 days, I will do DIT in 14 days and two reviews of F.A. ( one with DIT and other after finish DIT) then i will take NMBE 7 and 11 and if i will done with +235, i take the exam in scheduled date but if my score below 235, most probably i will postpond the exam for one month

My target +235 ...

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hi guys.

i've done NBME 13 - got 540. it's not that supertricky or superhard. but i missed about 10 questions that i really regret again about 90% is in FA.

- began DIT. today doing 4th day. already did 32 lectures from 148. i liked it. they are trying to help our brains to memorize forgetfull stuff will all the quizes and all.

- plan: i'll be done with DIT about 7-8th oct. 2 days for FA and will take NBME 11 on 11th oct. lol

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My exam after 24 days ...
read kaplan twice + one time first aid + UW 65%

After i had finished Kaplan without F.A or UW (before 1 and half months) i took NMBE form 3 offline and my score was about 183 (I did 70 wrong answers)!!

Yesterday after i finshed UW and first aid, i did nmbe form 6 offline and my score was 215 ( i did 45 wrong answers) ... Most of my mistakes were in behavior (10 mistakes) and genetics and some stupid mistakes!
During my study, i didn't focus in F.A very well and when i did NMBE, i found most of questions from F.A ... so i have to read the F.A very well.

In next 24 days, I will do DIT in 14 days and two reviews of F.A. ( one with DIT and other after finish DIT) then i will take NMBE 7 and 11 and if i will done with +235, i take the exam in scheduled date but if my score below 235, most probably i will postpond the exam for one month

My target +235 ...

Good luck

hi. i sucked in beh.sciences too with very low performance
Concentrate on FA. better not to forget other stuff we already know than to expand our knowledge in behvariorals.
Dit will help you. gl
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hi all!!
my xam is on OCT 16th!! jst 3 weeks left!!

i did kaplan videos+lecture notes for all subjects except path for wich i did goljan rr+audio. den did uworld n first aid. nw doin my 2nd readn of kaplan. hope to finish it in d nxt 2-3 days..aftr dis planin to do first aid agn n few nbmes..n if possibl go thru kaplan medessentials cz seniors who wrote d xam frm my colg say it rly helpd dem wt d more diff qs..dono if il hv time tho!!

my uworld score ws 73%. nbme 11 (did it lik a mnth ago)-600/245 and uwsa1 (a week ago)-259..my aim s to score atlst arnd 245-250..hope i can!!:sorry:
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i m on day 14 of dit . i think its very helpfull in memorizing the stuff .planning to take nbme 11 on thursday .
i wanna disscuss fa topics n uw .pm me if any one is intrested .
also wanna read goljan rr side notes .m on my second round on uw .

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Hello guys

I'm hoping to take the test end of October .. But my Uworls scores scared me a lot! Before UW I have just finished high yield vids ( Kaplan) with first aid..been studying Kaplan books..so after a few bad scores on UW Im doing FA second run...
I got two questions..
1) what's the most efficient way to boost my UW scores ?
2) when is the ideal time to schedule the test day and actually get the prometric appointment ?

Thanks and good luck to all
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Hey everyone!
Stress is really starting to build now that time is starting to wind down.

Plan on taking it last week of october 30th...

Been working on Step 1 for 4 months now! I'm exhausted..


Gone through FA 3x
Finished UW once with 69%
Finishing up Kaplan Qbank in 1 week have 30% left.
Avg score so far is 74%

Plan from here till end of October no idea?!?!

Will def do UW 2nd run.
Not sure if I should do DIT???? Will it help me at this point?
My goal is to break 250!!!
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hi there. still going through DIT. Have done 88 lectures from 148. it's really helpful. I'm revising FA along with it. about 10 oct will be done with it and take nbme 11.

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