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Dear all,

I finally came down with the decision to take the Step 1 exam. I gave myself 9 months and started searching for resources. I'm an IMG and really not well informed. I got FA and read through the review resources there, and was thinking of getting about 2 review books per subject, for eg HY Gross Anatomy plus Road Map for Gross Anatomy, but the result is quite costly. Will it be enough to get one book per subject plus FA? I also got Kaplan Home Study Program, though its definitely not good for quick studying...
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You only need 1 book for one subject don't waste your money on ton of usleless books. You'd better save this cash on Qbank then annotate info in FA. That's all you need to rock USMLE. Yes, it's that simple.
Qbank priority =>1)UWORLD 2)USMLERx (from my point of view usmlerx is much better than kaplan esp. at reinforcing FIRST AID) 3)KAPLAN
USE Qbank only after read of all review bank and thourough pass of FA.
By the way, don't annotate any of info that you'll find in review books later you will discover that most of annotations are complete junk.
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You only need 1 book for one subject don't waste your money on ton of usleless books.You'd better save this cash on Qbank then annotate info in FA.That's all you need to rock USMLE.Yes,it's that simple.
Qbank priority =>1)UWORLD2)USMLERx(from my point of view usmlerx is much better than kaplan esp. at reinforcing FIRST AID)3)KAPLAN
USE Qbank only after read of all review bank and thourough pass of FA.
By the way, don't annotate any of info that you'll find in review books later you will discover that most of annotations are complete junk.
Do you think that starting a qbank while reading FA the first time- is beneficial? (for example- reading an FA chapter -Neurology for exampe-solving qbank questions).
I was thinking of starting doing this with UW.
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The ranking of books in the Best USMLE Books Page is better than those found in FA because it's live voting by USMLE students.

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No, it's waste of time. I would recommend start uworld last due to the fact that it will prepare the best for an exam. In addition it would be slightly difficult to start off from UWORLD. Basically, USMLERX - a lot of high yield info, by doing RX you can get 1 addition pass of FA, KAPLAN - a lot of garbage which is never tested, but there's a lot of mol.biology which you wont find anywhere else, Uworld - fundamental concepts that you should learned a loong time ago, but ... + crazy connections between diseases.
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Thanks a lot for your replies!

Truth is I havent been used to studying from qbanks but as far as I read through the forum it seems to be the No1 strategy..
I also planned to get a UW subscription about 6 months before the test, so that I have proceeded a bit with studying.
For practice at this early stage, do you recommend getting a Qbook? I've read First Aid Q&A and Kaplan Qbook are good..
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Early stage practice - first aid Q and answers/USMLERX.I'd recommend annotate only from online Qbanks.Printed books have about 20% stealed from online versions.
However, you should really sit in front of FA and learn it before doing all the questions.(first read of FA can take as long as 1 month).
Well, if you don;t trust me you can just try to do 100q then you'll see that tons of questions can be answered from FA only.
e.g Most specific test for Cryptococcus meningitis is latex agglutination test.
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You are right! I checked the UsmleRx website, I didnt know it was affiliated with FA. And its way cheaper than UW! I guess I dont need any printed Qbook then, plus a subscription online will keep me from procrastinating x)

Thanks a lot for your help!
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