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Hi guyz,

I dunno if I shud be writing this cuz there are many who got awesome scores of 250+ but then i remembered those days when I just picked up my books for step 1 prep and literally felt that getting 230+ is a distant dream, leave alone such massive scores. So now I am writing this so that I may be of some help to those who are in the same boat as mine.
First something about me.. I am an old grad (as they say ) IMG.. so starting to read basic sciences after a long gap was a big deal for me.. so trust me if i can then u guyz can ROCK it..!!
Prep time: 6 months
Review material: KLN for all subjects except
Path – Goljan rapid review
Behavioral Sciences – High yield BS by Fadem
First Aid (thrice, do it as many times as possible)

Q BANK : Uworld
NBME 7: 235 (1.5 months before exam)
NBME 12: 224 (15-20 days before exam ; was shocking)

SCORE: 240

EXAM: I was cool and composed and that's most important when u go for exam.3/5 q were straight forward, enough to pass, 1/5 made me think a lot (had to read them twice), 1/5 were OHT (dint know what to answer). My strategy was to first answer all those q which I was sure of, if I thought this ques needs time I wud skip that to answer straight-forward ques first and then come back later to these questions. For OHT, I somehow made my own reasoning and answered according to that..

This is all I can think of right now… if u hv any queries feel free to ask.. I may not be able to answer promptly as I hv my CS in a few days..
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that's a very good score ..... and you did great

by the way would you mind telling which subjects were most tested ????
what type of ques you found hard ?
and also how was the anatomy section ...? is fa sufficient for it ???
and what would you like to do if you were given a 2nd chance to ace the exam ? ??
what are the most important mistakes one might should avoid ??
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great job,good luck with CS
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Congrats! Btw, r u planning for this year match? What is ur step 2ck prep gona be?
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congrats on ur awesome score
just needed to know if u are thorough with 1st aid completely how much can one except
and did u go through whole of rapid review for goljan or audio transcrpit which is around 125pg
thank you
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that's a very good score ..... and you did great

by the way would you mind telling which subjects were most tested ????
what type of ques you found hard ?
and also how was the anatomy section ...? is fa sufficient for it ???
and what would you like to do if you were given a 2nd chance to ace the exam ? ??
what are the most important mistakes one might should avoid ??
1. It's difficult to say which subjects were tested most cuz all q re integrative. But most of the bulk deals with path and pathophysio. Be thorough with hormone receptors and all those arrow ques cuz they give u all possible combo in options.
2. I got 2-3 biostats graph interpretation q which I found hard. And they love to experiment with rats and give ques on dat which really boggled my neurons.
3. Anat is fine.. FA and Uworld q are enough but consult KLN and google for neuroanatomy esp brainstem sections images. And location of wernicke and broca s area like they ask in Uworld ques.
4. Frankly speaking I really dunno wat I ll do if given a second chance. But I think I might go thru DIT videos. I dint know abt dat but I read in this forum it help increase ur score by 10
5. Avoid stressing out urself. Take a Gud night sleep everyday and day before exam as well or else ur efficiency goes down. Don't spend too much time on ques u r not sure of cuz u may miss out on easy ones. Take regular breaks during exam. Once u r done with a block, forget it completely. And most importantly keep ur cool throughout ur exam. If u don't know a few ques it's ok, don't panic.
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Congrats! Btw, r u planning for this year match? What is ur step 2ck prep gona be?
Yeah m planning for this year match. I hv not thought abt ck strategy cuz my cs is in a few days but I ll try to take it in July end or aug 1st week.
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congrats on ur awesome score
just needed to know if u are thorough with 1st aid completely how much can one except
and did u go through whole of rapid review for goljan or audio transcrpit which is around 125pg
thank you
Thanx.. It's hard to predict a score based on dat but I read FA x3 and Uworld so dat gave me 240.. I didn't hv audio transcript. I just read the book once.. Mostly it was Uworld which helped me..
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