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Hey guys... I'm new on this thread. Anyone here taking the Step 1 in december? I'd love to keep my motivation high-- amongst all of us-- and connect with some serious studiers!!
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yes , december it is for me too
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M planning as well but I just started studying. I'll keep you posted. R you post graduate? Let's find other dec 2012 maybe we can help each other.
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yaaaaay!!! lets do this

do you guys wanna share your study technique-- for the next 2 months?

Are you doing pathoma
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me too december as well. doin first aid and goljan now. got question banks to do yet. i feel times short for me. i really dono how ill finsish so much so soon..
what are u guys studyin?
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me toooooooooo, just doing first aid goljan and q banks. hoping this should be enough for prep. What about u guys doing anything extra
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Default step 1 study plan & female sp

hi,
i have done kaplan & FA 2012 & UW once. planning for exam in end of nov.
need a FEMALE study partner to do FA together. to do some proper study planning together so that it will help both of us.

my plan is to review subject wise as per needed from UW & kaplan(few special areas as per needed) by our own in some specified time ( eg. anatomy in 2-3 days, or physio in 2-3 days) & daily 2-3/4 hrs. FA revision together on skype.
i think it will help us to revise things in a compact time & faster.

i am also open to accept better study plan/ schedule or we can plan it together so that we both can be benefitted.

i am in eastern time zone (Maryland) USA.

so, if there any one having the same frame of mind plz let me know as soon as possible... my email id. is baishakhi.chandra@gmail.com
waiting for my study partnar...

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how much is he average we should get in kaplan q bank subject wise, timed mode???
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how much is he average we should get in kaplan q bank subject wise, timed mode???
Anything around 60% at this stage is very good
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Anyone planning to use UW? Is it worth to try it any thoughts please let me know.
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Anyone planning to use UW? Is it worth to try it any thoughts please let me know.
Of course it's the primary source along with FA
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DECEMBER it is
mostly last week
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I'm gonna do it in Dec. Mine is still around 60%....Hopefully I can figure out how to achieve a better score.
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Hello everyone, even i am taking exam in december. Till now i am done with Kaplan lecture notes and videos once and Kapaln medessential (First Aid by kaplan) once and started of with kaplan q bank but score is some where around 30 % system wise time mode.

i need your suggestion how should i proceed from here on. want to do u world also.and i am aiming 240- 250. any suggestions please.
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i am doin u world..yes i did pathoma.but planning to listen to goljan audio too if time allows me...its so tiring now.......
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hi guys my exam is too in dec
i have done kaplan notes once and doing first aid and u world
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How much time you guys assigned for uworld ?
Also how many questions are there?
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Hello all,

I got my score bak this wednesday and it was 180. It was really hard for me to get over it. fIRST TIME i prepared with UW once 60% and FA x2. I took notes from UW but was only able to read 25% of it..I was scoring 195-200 on my NBME (usmle score). I was under tremendous pressure to take my exam and due to fatigue issue I went and took exam. BIGGEST MISTAKE!!

My Question is i am planning a retake in december 20...can you guys give ur opinion if I should start with UW right away and do it 2 times or do some kaplan qbank since i m doin kaplan videos (physio, pharm, immuno, biochem) and then switch to UW and FA x3

Your time is much appreciated..
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UW has 2100 Q and it atleast require 1.5 monhs with note takin at 1 block per day speed...

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I got my score bak this wednesday and it was 180. It was really hard for me to get over it. fIRST TIME i prepared with UW once 60% and FA x2. I took notes from UW but was only able to read 25% of it..I was scoring 195-200 on my NBME (usmle score). I was under tremendous pressure to take my exam and due to fatigue issue I went and took exam. BIGGEST MISTAKE!!

My Question is i am planning a retake in december 20...can you guys give ur opinion if I should start with UW right away and do it 2 times or do some kaplan qbank since i m doin kaplan videos (physio, pharm, immuno, biochem) and then switch to UW and FA x3

Your time is much appreciated..
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And good luck all
You can retake step 1?
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Ya since i failed it by 8 points
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hey how u guys are planning to go from here.
how much allotted time for u world and

whats the way you guys are opting for u world with your review book(FA/Medessential)
1)read a system say cvs(from FA/ Medessential) and then do u world question and add notes to your review book
2)or directly start with questions and then add notes to your review book and then read that system once again. thanks
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Ya since i failed it by 8 points
Sorry to hear that , good luck
This timei hope you nail it with better score
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hey how u guys are planning to go from here.
how much allotted time for u world and

whats the way you guys are opting for u world with your review book(FA/Medessential)
1)read a system say cvs(from FA/ Medessential) and then do u world question and add notes to your review book
2)or directly start with questions and then add notes to your review book and then read that system once again. thanks
Option 2
And first 15 days
If I will be able to find something old offline
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Thanks a ton. i think in the last phase i would not change book to FA from medessential. SO here's how i will proceed

1) Read one system from Medessential say CNS and then give all test of that system(CNS). add notes and then read it once again.

and after i am done with 3 system i will give cummulilative test of all the three system to see in which area i am lacking so that will work on that,

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Thanks a ton. i think in the last phase i would not change book to FA from medessential. SO here's how i will proceed

1) Read one system from Medessential say CNS and then give all test of that system(CNS). add notes and then read it once again.

and after i am done with 3 system i will give cummulilative test of all the three system to see in which area i am lacking so that will work on that,

thanks again
well.. ME is not a bad book BUT how are you mugging up things without the clues/mnemonics given in FA?
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yaaaaay!!! lets do this

do you guys wanna share your study technique-- for the next 2 months?

Are you doing pathoma
yeah i did pathoma.what abou you?
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well.. ME is not a bad book BUT how are you mugging up things without the clues/mnemonics given in FA?
ya its tough do it but some how i am managing, i would try to add mnemonics from FA. hope that works
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ya its tough do it but some how i am managing, i would try to add mnemonics from FA. hope that works
Yup, that sounds reasonable.
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when ur planning to give exams? and how ur reading these days.
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Anyone doin kaplan q bank w kaplan lecture notes?? And then switchin to uw and fa??
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Is tht the good way to prepare? Aiming 240... Plss help
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Is tht the good way to prepare? Aiming 240... Plss help
Same here!
I m using same method
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UW has 2100 Q and it atleast require 1.5 monhs with note takin at 1 block per day speed...

hope this helps
i did uw in august with cumulative of 66%. but my nbme scores were lower so i extended my triplet to oct -nov- dec. do u suggest me to buy uw again or do uw offline?
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Do it offline as many times as u can since ur avg was high enough ...
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Im lookin for best source for path prep... I have exam scheduled for 18th dec and am doin systems based prep... What should be the best source for path ? Parhoma or goljan rr w audio or goljan audio and script
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Yes. I plan on taking the step 1 on Dec as well. still working on putting the notes from UW to FA now and have 700 pages of pathology left so far.

I am wondering how you guys take the NBEM test? Is there any offline copies?

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Yes. I plan on taking the step 1 on Dec as well. still working on putting the notes from UW to FA now and have 700 pages of pathology left so far.

I am wondering how you guys take the NBEM test? Is there any offline copies?

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I am planning to take my exam in december,too. Time is short but have to do it. Following FA and uw with kaplan notes. How about we keep in touch over skype , like a virtual library?
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saw your post on forum.
I am a female from India. Done with Kap, Fa and UW once. took an nbme
11 and got 470/214, so now want to focus and give exam at the end of
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Wanted to read fa with someone and discuss concept.
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I am planning to take my exam in december,too. Time is short but have to do it. Following FA and uw with kaplan notes. How about we keep in touch over skype , like a virtual library?
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i am doing reviewing 2 times my first aid+combine with goljan audio +Pathoma videos per system, and do 1 blok question/day. every i did my qbank Kaplan i just got around 59-70.my exam on 3 decem, right now i am confuse because my target score around up to 230. 3 weeks ago my NBME 195, anyone can give me advice?? and tell your opinion. cause if my NBME still around 200 i will postpone my exam
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i am doing reviewing 2 times my first aid+combine with goljan audio +Pathoma videos per system, and do 1 blok question/day. every i did my qbank Kaplan i just got around 59-70.my exam on 3 decem, right now i am confuse because my target score around up to 230. 3 weeks ago my NBME 195, anyone can give me advice?? and tell your opinion. cause if my NBME still around 200 i will postpone my exam
1 block Qs per day of ?
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Kaplan Qbank or usmlerx.i finished my Uworld but i will review it again cause my performance in uWorld is really bad
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Kaplan Qbank or usmlerx.i finished my Uworld but i will review it again cause my performance in uWorld is really bad
Than finish with your plan and one more NBME ,and you will know
You can use DIT also ,I think it will go good with your plan.
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Im lookin for best source for path prep... I have exam scheduled for 18th dec and am doin systems based prep... What should be the best source for path ? Parhoma or goljan rr w audio or goljan audio and script
hey even i am doing system based preparation, i would say for path to do at this time go for pathoma. did u start with u world?
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I know pathoma had so many concept but if u can give 5 days of 8 hrs each please guys do listen to golijan and his pics they are very good.
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I know pathoma had so many concept but if u can give 5 days of 8 hrs each please guys do listen to golijan and his pics they are very good.
hi can u please let us know if we think in % form how much % increase can we expect after doing goljan audio.
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Me too, in the middle of Dec. I've done USMLERx and UWorld qbank, around 60% at the 1st time, >80% the 2nd time. then i did NBME 11 last night, got 152 out of 200 correct (76%), scored 440=207!!! is it predictive? so what about the 65%=99 as people always said..... < 1 mo left.... i'm so worried



found another thread mentioned the NBME scoring, that is sooo weird..
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hey i too am aiming for writing this exam in december but i did a nbme recently and didnt get as high of a mark as i wanted (300-175) i took nbme 12 i hvae only done uworld 39% and have quiet a bit left to get through and am now planning on just revising first aid and continuing to do uworld along with it. i really want a 240+ ... gunna take alot of hard work.
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got 219 in uwsa 1. got 3 weeks for exam. is it ok? have 70% of u world remainin. and im revising first aid. was aiming for a 250+. do u think can get it to that much?

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got 219 in uwsa 1. got 3 weeks for exam. is it ok? have 70% of u world remainin. and im revising first aid. was aiming for a 250+. do u think can get it to that much?

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Dude try to finish ur UW ASAP. It will increase your scores and integrate UW stuff in FA.


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Howz the prep going? doing neuroanat ....is kaplan enough or should one go through HY neuroanat?
I've used the Hy neuro book and its amazing! it makes things very simple and easy to understand and it has alot of mris, ct scans which help alot! i cant say for kaplan tho i havent used it
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I've used the Hy neuro book and its amazing! it makes things very simple and easy to understand and it has alot of mris, ct scans which help alot! i cant say for kaplan tho i havent used it
Thank you so much encephaly....really appreciate your input.
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jus a month left n still so much to do.!!! im doin uworld 25 percent left still..guy i read kaplans only once.will tat be a prob? i didnt read it again. n what is the range of good uworld score? plz reply..
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Anything around 60% at this stage is very good
Hi what about the average Uworld score in random timed mode. I am doing Uworld qbanks at the moment. What should be a decent score in order to keep on moving ahead.

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I believe anything btw 60 to 70% , when you're doing in unused random test mode for the first time should be good to keep you going.
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jus a month left n still so much to do.!!! im doin uworld 25 percent left still..guy i read kaplans only once.will tat be a prob? i didnt read it again. n what is the range of good uworld score? plz reply..
you dont need to read kaplan or do kaplan videos more than once just move forward with doing first aid and uworld questions as you do more and more uworld questions you will see your scores improve and you will see you confidence build up . use uworld to learn! sometimes we forget and keep looking at how well we are doing, but this is not as important as learning from the questions. goodluck!
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you dont need to read kaplan or do kaplan videos more than once just move forward with doing first aid and uworld questions as you do more and more uworld questions you will see your scores improve and you will see you confidence build up . use uworld to learn! sometimes we forget and keep looking at how well we are doing, but this is not as important as learning from the questions. goodluck!
I agree, we should all keep keep going. Very well said encephaly!
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i am taking the exam in december too ,i also need motivation and wanna know if my pace is ok .let me know where are you located
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