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I wanted to share my experience much earlier but after step 1 I decided to go on a 2 month vacation.
I took 6 months to study for step 1. From June to Janurary.
Took the test on Janurary 21th 2013.


The resources I used:
High Yield Neuroanatomy- Which I read 3x. The book is amazing. Has everything First Aid should have.
High Yield Behavioral- Just skimed through the book. Didn't really like it too much
High Yield Molecular biology. Skimmed through the high yield stuff. Helped a bit with some of the lower yield items I kept forgetting. But not essential either.
BRS physiology- I loved this book. Helped build a strong fondation for everything. Read it 4x
Pathoma. Watched the videos 3x. Read the book about 6x. I absolutely loved pathoma. Its a must have.
BRS Pathology. I read it once. Nice book. But loved pathoma more because of how condense pathoma is.
Goljan pathology book. Read through it once. I felt reading it once was enough. Its a great resource even with 1 read. Never used the audio because I had pathoma.
Microcards + BRS Biochem Flashcards + Langes Pharm cards used these everyday in the morning and night. Had them memorized. This was my only sources for these topics and I didn't miss a single question.
Pathology Langes flash cards. I borrowed them from a friend. Used them for about 2 weeks and never touched them again.
Robbins flash cards. I used them quite a bit early in my studies in the first few months but stopped using them.
DIT I went through it twice. Its great and it really focuses on the high yield topics. Its really more of a last minute cram then to learn from.
And FIRST AID. The golden book. With studying this resource alone and having it memorized someone could pass easily with 220. But adding the other resouces from books and qbanks into it....PRICELESS. I read this book 6x.


Here are some of my NBME scores:
NBME 7 330/182
NBME 6 470/214
NBME 5 600/245
NBME 11 540/231
NBME 12 560/235
NBME 13 590/242
UWORLD ASSESSMENT 1 242
UWORLD ASSESSMENT 2 263
Kaplan Assessment test 1 74%
Kaplan Assessment test 2 79%

UWORLD 1st run- 69% 2nd run- 90% (Finished half)
Kaplan- 74%
USMLERX 88% (finished 75% of it)
First Aid Q&A 85%
NMS for step 1 65%

The orders of my qbanks were Uworld first, Kaplan, NMS, First Aid Q&A, Uworld 2nd run with USMLErx switching off every other day.
Everything I got wrong or didn't understand I wrote in a notebook and read every other day. By the end of studying all the qbanks I probably had written 18 notebooks of notes.


Final week
I was doing USMLErx about 3 to 4 blocks a day. Reviewed just my incorrect. I was only trying to build endurance for the test so I wouldn't tire. At this point I finally stopped using my flash cards because 4 blocks a day was getting time consuming.

Day before.
Hung out with my best friend. We had a beer and just went to the park. It was a lot of fun. Totally forgot I was taking the test till I came home to my parents where they stressed me out. I was worried I wouldn't be able to sleep so I took a melatonin. It worked perfect. I slept like a rock at midnight and woke up around 8am. My test was at 10am.

Day of.
Just went through a few notes. Talked to my parents. Ate a small breakfast but packed a lot of snacks. Went to star bucks before heading to prometrics and bought a huge coffee. Every break I took I went to it and took the biggest gulps to make sure I was still focused.

As for breaks.
Did 1st and 2nd block back to back. After 2nd block took a 10min break and then 3rd block. Took a 10min break. Then did the 4th block. 20 min break. 5th block. 10 min break. 6 block. 10 min break. Final block. I made sure I took a break even though I didn't think I needed one. I wanted to make sure fatigue was not a factor into me rushing my answers. I would finish most blocks with 15mins left. After reviewing the blocks I usually still had about 7 mins left so I just sat there and waited for my break.

The actual test
Was easier then any nbme I had taken.
The questions weren't very difficult. The ones that I did get stomped on (maybe 2 per block) I would just answer quickly and move on from it.
No specific topic jumps out as being a majority. I thought it was well distributed in most subjects.


What I've learned from the experience
My strongest resource were questions. In the end, I may have done 12,000+ questions. I saw questions ask a certain topic in almost every angle. So if I was to advise you all what I would say is a must. It would be questions, questions, questions. And remember this test isn't impossible. Its just a question which you've practiced over and over. Anyone can score well when they stick there mind to it.


Ask anything guys I'll try to keep answering as long as i can.
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Can u do that much in 6months?? Unless u hv no class or work to do. Huhu
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Congrats on awesome score.
What did you study for gross anatomy ?
how important are the histology slides and pictures for the exam?
Were there any questions based on histo slides/pics and CT or MRI??
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hey, congrats! awesome score in such a short preparation..
u used a lot of books and qbanks..i cant really afford to have all those qbanks..so, can u plz tell me which are the most helpful ones? besides UW and NMBE, which one shud i consider? kaplan/usmlerx/?? any suggestions wud be very helpful..
also, for path, i was thinking of studying pathoma. i hv goljan, but its huge, i dont think i can give that much time to one book only :S..is pathoma enough? or shud i use something besides that? what about DIT? is it worth the cost??
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@bigbossguy
no i didn't have work or classes. I dedicated 10-12 hours a day everyday for 6months. I took off once a week to just relax.


@slack.mle
i just used first aid and uworld/kaplan qbanks for gross anatomy. on the actual test i didn't see anything random if you took the notes from qbanks and firstaid so that should be enough.
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the most useful for me were usmleworld and usmlerx. i know a lot of people love kaplan but the explanations were too small compared to usmlerx. usmlerx really helps memorizing first aid.
usmleworld is gold. if you can only afford 1 qbank go with usmleworld.
my personal ranking for qbanks would be:
1) usmleworld
2) usmlerx
3) kaplan
4) NMS
5) first aid q&A


for pathology
I loved pathoma. if you can get away with memorizing pathoma book with the notes from the videos it will be more then sufficient. he still explains the low yield information in a way you wont forget it just in case it comes up on a question.

and DIT is worth it. if you can find a friend that has it downloaded. I'm sure if you Google around you can find it on the web somewhere. it should be used near the end of your studies. it will really cram everything in your head and force you to keep going back to earlier videos to review it.
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hey congrats on the awesome score.. goodluck with CK and CS !!
I want to know is it ok if I use Pathoma videos with goljan book or it will puzzle up everything??
I have read goljan once but without audio .. so thought of using Pathoma audios with goljan.. will it be helpfull ..
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is Lange pharm flash cards enough for USMLE ?

is BRS biochem flash cards better than lange biochem cards ?
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In the pathoma videos Dr. Sattar's presents the information that is already in the book. He highlights key phrases in words during the videos to help you know which is high yield and helps you keep the facts straight in your mind. If you were to use the pathoma videos with the goljan book instead you wouldn't have the same synchronization and be everywhere. It would be best to keep the pathoma videos with the pathoma book because its a very powerful resource when used together.
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With Langes Pharm cards. Yes I believe langes pharm cards along with first aid is more then enough. There are only 189 cards. But each card may list up to 2 to 10 drugs with the similarities and differences among them.


I used Langes Flash cards for biochem not BRS!!! I'm so sorry I listed the wrong resource.
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were you doing all Biochem and all pharm cards in one day

or were you doing it over a period of few days ?
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30mins of each in the morning and evening
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so it took you a few days to finish the flash cards, i will follow your plan.

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hey congrats on your great score. My question is where did u get the flash cards, can you get them offline.I would like to borrow them.If it is not possible i understand.my exam is in 2months

Thanks for sharing your experience
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In the pathoma videos Dr. Sattar's presents the information that is already in the book. He highlights key phrases in words during the videos to help you know which is high yield and helps you keep the facts straight in your mind. If you were to use the pathoma videos with the goljan book instead you wouldn't have the same synchronization and be everywhere. It would be best to keep the pathoma videos with the pathoma book because its a very powerful resource when used together.
thanks a ton for your input I appreciate it..!!
will be following your advise..
can you give a little outline of your early schedule here.. how much time did it take you to finish first read and how you managed your time .. will be very gratefull to you..
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Congratulations
I got 235 in NBME 12& 231 in NBME13
My exam in a month&my target is 240.Can u give me any suggestions to improve my score?
Should i give it or postpone it?
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hey sobe..
Congrats ! thank for sharing your experience.. i wanted to know if u have the lange pharm cards in pdf? if so can you plz email them to me.. passusmle786@hotmail.com...thank you..
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congratulations on a fabb score...thats what i am aiming for! your post really helped to know how you built your prep right from the start.
your nbme scores show you've steadily increased them over time....how did you space them? when is the ideal time to take the first nbme...i am not sure i am in a position to assess myself yet....i finished kaplan qbank with a bare 54% and now doing uworld, about 30% done so far. when do you suggest i take the first one? and how do i space them out? also what should be the best study plan if i am aiming for a good score and plan to take the exam by april end or early may! please help. thanks!
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congrats on your awesome score
i wanted to ask for pathoma pdf or videos or the lange flashcards of biochem or pharma if u can send me on my email x_star3@hotmail.com
it will be highly appreciated, tnahks in advance
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Congratulations!! How did you do 12 000 questions in terms of per day and did you also revise over the answers as well as jot them down? Which qbanks did
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What is ur plan for 2ck?
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Hi.....thank u fr sharing ur experience with us...can u plz advice me....my step one is in one month and am a bit lagging in my prep...can u tell wht to focus on in this last month....
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when did you take NBME's?

Thanx
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Help congrats!!

gr8 score. all the best for future steps..im also aiming for 250.. plz tell me tht is my plan o.k.??

im using kaplan LN & videos along with uworld ques & FA..im still on my 1st read..left with 3 subjects approx.. nd yes im dng uworld offline... since im planning to take exam by feb hopefully so shd i start revising my kaplan LN soon or shd i wait till my 1st read is over & continue with doing ques?? plz advice..& also whn shd i start taking nbmes?

also i will b doing uworld, kaplan, nbmes & very few usmlerx (as i hv only some of them) so is this much fine ? :/

& did u do the flashcards from some site or do u have them??

thanks for ur time..God bless U ! NJOY!!
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gr8 score. all the best for future steps..im also aiming for 250.. plz tell me tht is my plan o.k.??

im using kaplan LN & videos along with uworld ques & FA..im still on my 1st read..left with 3 subjects approx.. nd yes im dng uworld offline... since im planning to take exam by feb hopefully so shd i start revising my kaplan LN soon or shd i wait till my 1st read is over & continue with doing ques?? plz advice..& also whn shd i start taking nbmes?

also i will b doing uworld, kaplan, nbmes & very few usmlerx (as i hv only some of them) so is this much fine ? :/

& did u do the flashcards from some site or do u have them??

thanks for ur time..God bless U ! NJOY!!
congratulatins alot on such a wonderful score.please would you mind send me your flash cards? my email is dr.dollymirza@hotmail.co.uk.thankyou
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congratulatins alot on such a wonderful score.please would you mind send me your flash cards? my email is dr.dollymirza@hotmail.co.uk.thankyou
if you have pathome videos please share this with me.thankyou very much
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thanks for 100 cases....But I needed flash cards for pharma...
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hey, congrats for great score.

did you do RX after UW? or was that your first qbank?

i am doing RX after finishing each subjct but scored only 54%
i am a way depressed....

any suggestion would be highly appreciated
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hey, congrats for great score.

did you do RX after UW? or was that your first qbank?

i am doing RX after finishing each subjct but scored only 54%
i am a way depressed....

any suggestion would be highly appreciated
congrats for such incredible score.

did you watch pathoma lec 3 times in one go or with gap in between?
thankyou
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hey congrats for awesome score!

it would be a great help if you can send me your pharma, micro flash cards to tanzianijhum@gmail..com

thanks in advance.
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