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Ill get right to it: Id like to know the basics of the whole procedure: a)how long does preparation for step 1 take?,b)can I prepare for step 1 while attending my med school,meaning will I be able to cope with both the step and my schools responsibilites? c) what are the required books and apart from them what else will I need(audio,videos,sim tests etc)? d) how much will the step cost me(application,books etc)? and most importantly e)Is it worth it?I am a europian student (greece) and Id like to land a residency spot in America so I figured the USMLE is the best thing to do but I dont really know much more (Im in my second year now)

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is it that hard to take a minute or 2 and answer me?anyone?
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is it that hard to take a minute or 2 and answer me?anyone?
The answers to your questions are so variable; it depends so much on your basic knowledge, on your financial resources and in the end, on your dream in life. The only think that is not variable is the price for Step 1: it costs 780$ plus the delivery charge.
You can check on www.prometric.com!
It is a very long road! And only you can decide if it is worth it or not!

P.S. There are a lot of opportunities in Europe too, such as Germany, England or Scandinavian countries.
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[QUOTE=astreqwerty;157822]Ill get right to it: Id like to know the basics of the whole procedure: a)how long does preparation for step 1 take?
Depends how much time you can give it. Average IMG's talk 6-8 months. You will need to spare 6-8 hours on average per day, and typically around 10 by the end of your final prep. It depends if you can fix those many hours.

,b)can I prepare for step 1 while attending my med school,meaning will I be able to cope with both the step and my schools responsibilites?
Yes, a lot of people have. So you can. But like I said, it's seveal hours of hours each day, and you have to be very consistent.
c) what are the required books and apart from them what else will I need(audio,videos,sim tests etc)? I'd recommend you go through some of the threads here. Scroll some one or two pages back and look for topics that say "Exam Experience". They'd give everything, bit by bit. (But you obviously need Kaplans+Goljan+First Aid.) Go throught the threads to get a better idea.

d) how much will the step cost me(application,books etc)? and most importantly. Teona's answered that I believe. Tell us if you've more questions.

e)Is it worth it?I am a europian student (greece) and Id like to land a residency spot in America so I figured the USMLE is the best thing to do but I dont really know much more (Im in my second year now). Second year might be a bit early, but it depends on how many years of medical school you have in your country. So you can familiarize yourself with some of the subjects. It's absolutely worth it, but do more research before I commence the marathon. It's all about commitment. You also need clinical experience in the US (Called clinical electives), and research in the US.
Sorry if I've left stuff out. Just wanted you to give you an idea, and my brain's pretty numb right now cause of the prep lol. Hope it helps! And good luck
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The answers to your questions are so variable; it depends so much on your basic knowledge, on your financial resources and in the end, on your dream in life. The only think that is not variable is the price for Step 1: it costs 780$ plus the delivery charge.
You can check on www.prometric.com!
It is a very long road! And only you can decide if it is worth it or not!

P.S. There are a lot of opportunities in Europe too, such as Germany, England or Scandinavian countries.
I want the average for each question I am not looking for the ideal solution..I just need to know how to start it all and I thought these forums is the best place to get some info..it seems im mistaken
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Ill get right to it: Id like to know the basics of the whole procedure: a)how long does preparation for step 1 take?
Depends how much time you can give it. Average IMG's talk 6-8 months. You will need to spare 6-8 hours on average per day, and typically around 10 by the end of your final prep. It depends if you can fix those many hours.

,b)can I prepare for step 1 while attending my med school,meaning will I be able to cope with both the step and my schools responsibilites?
Yes, a lot of people have. So you can. But like I said, it's seveal hours of hours each day, and you have to be very consistent.
c) what are the required books and apart from them what else will I need(audio,videos,sim tests etc)? I'd recommend you go through some of the threads here. Scroll some one or two pages back and look for topics that say "Exam Experience". They'd give everything, bit by bit. (But you obviously need Kaplans+Goljan+First Aid.) Go throught the threads to get a better idea.

d) how much will the step cost me(application,books etc)? and most importantly. Teona's answered that I believe. Tell us if you've more questions.

e)Is it worth it?I am a europian student (greece) and Id like to land a residency spot in America so I figured the USMLE is the best thing to do but I dont really know much more (Im in my second year now). Second year might be a bit early, but it depends on how many years of medical school you have in your country. So you can familiarize yourself with some of the subjects. It's absolutely worth it, but do more research before I commence the marathon. It's all about commitment. You also need clinical experience in the US (Called clinical electives), and research in the US.
Sorry if I've left stuff out. Just wanted you to give you an idea, and my brain's pretty numb right now cause of the prep lol. Hope it helps! And good luck
thnx for taking time to answer but in the case of books id really want something more definite...Iam really lost here ,i dont have the luxury to search the threads,I think..Also 6-8 hours a day??Its not that I havent studied that much in the past but it seems like a full time commitment to me,definitely not doable along with med school...
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its better to be learnt during ur medical curriculum when motivation is at its top / i wish i could have guidance (like this forum) during my university years
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