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Ok, dont know if there is another thread same as this, but if not, welcome!
I´ve done kaplan vids, kaplan qbank, usmlerx qbank, goljan book and audio. I am finishing medessentials right now. Did all nbme but just dont seem to do well on those tests. My highest score was 207 and my test is in a month. I will still gonna go thru FA one more time and do my formula table for my test.
So, i guess i am going for it! Please share your experience and comments.
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Hey. My test is Juje 17th. I am an IMG from Peru. Did Kaplan videos, FA, UWorld, USMLERx, some of Kaplan and FA Qbooks, and im finishing with DIT. Until now I have 3 NBME's diżone. My score is 228-230. I am looking to improve my score this last 3 weeks with DIT, hope it does the trick.

When is your test?
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pretty much the same plan as above. my last NBME 11 was 226 (april 21) then i did DIT for 15 days. did usmle RX 7 hour simulation (253) and RX 4 hour (250). currently going through FA and take another nbme next week. My exam is june 7th.

just keep working guys.. its almost over.
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253 on Rx is pretty good. My highest score on a Rx sim was 243.
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its good. but no idea how that correlates with the actual exam. someone posted that they got a 253 2 days before the exam and still waiting for the results so we'll see how close it predicted for him/her.

I did 3 sims. before DIT 237, 253 (middle of DIT) and 250 (Last week).

RX is a great learning tool. Helped me remember the little details of FA.
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Great, I expect DIT to boost my score like that. I will post my scores here on thursday after I take my last RX sim.

Well, Rx isnt supposed to be a good a predictor as NBME's, but as you said, it is a great learning tool, and some of their questions are really difficult, which makes up for some of their errors, and really makes you practice those high yield topics.
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My test is the 18th. As i mentioned above, my nbmes wont go above 207. Any tips guys?
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Alot of ppls have problem with Behavioural Science so work on your ethics and BS. can help you improve. and keep working on your weak areas. DO more questions. you have lots of time.

also DIT can be done in 15 days. I watched 10 videos a day. took about 6 hrs on 1.3x speed. But can be done in 10 days watching 15 videos.

I'd recommend DIT. It helped me improve and solidify the concepts
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So regarding the white board for the test to write on, What you guys have in mind writing on, please share. Personally, I will write down the 2x2 BS table of TP and TN, in renal, the Vd formula and Cl formula, half life, and MD dose, FF, Cardio, not sure
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The pharmacology formulas. The renal formulas. The G-coupled receptors.

The table for epidemiology and BS I can build then asked, which I always do, but its part of the process to reach the answer, so I do it right there with the question.
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I know this still may be far, but looking for a studying buddy with whom I can share ideas. Taking my exam after the AICM prep, whish will be in December. Please contact me if interested. My email adress is durelle_gangue@yahoo.com

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I know this still may be far, but looking for a studying buddy with whom I can share ideas. Taking my exam after the AICM prep, whish will be in December. Please contact me if interested. My email adress is durelle_gangue@yahoo.com

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Hello. And welcome to the forums. Hmm... I dont want to be flame you or anything, but this thread is for June test takers. You are saying you plan to take your test on december. Maybe you should take this to a new thread? I think there are subforums for study partners also.
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i hav taken exam date as 28th june. hav finished uworld once. got 63%. still hav to do marked n incorrect once . hav to take nbme. fa on 2nd read. will i b able to make it?
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can someone please clarify. Are Desmosomes in the Stratum Spinosum or Granulosum or BOTH?

im having some doubt.
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can someone please clarify. Are Desmosomes in the Stratum Spinosum or Granulosum or BOTH?

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Desmosomes are present in stratum spinosum only, as far as i have learnt in pathoma.
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Yeah! I agree. desmosomes are in the stratum spinosum only
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thanks guys.. for some reason i have it written on my notes as both.
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ahh, i'm so happy to find this thread! God bless the person who created it!

i'm taking my exam in june. i've so far had a proolonged prep. but have finished kaplan LN, most kap videos, going to finish UW soon (have 300q's left), and am midway thru my first read of FA.

just did an NBME today, got a 420/203. what do you guys think?

i am an IMG, so i want my score to be as high as possible, pref 250+

my plan in the next month is to do UW for the 2nd time, read all my UW notes and read FA two more times.
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ahh, i'm so happy to find this thread! God bless the person who created it!

i'm taking my exam in june. i've so far had a proolonged prep. but have finished kaplan LN, most kap videos, going to finish UW soon (have 300q's left), and am midway thru my first read of FA.

just did an NBME today, got a 420/203. what do you guys think?

i am an IMG, so i want my score to be as high as possible, pref 250+

my plan in the next month is to do UW for the 2nd time, read all my UW notes and read FA two more times.
Well we are kind of the same. my highest score on nbme was 207 and my plan now is hit FA and do usmlerx. My test is on the 18th. I going for it!
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embryological origin of the Thorax and Diaphragm


Thorax - Septum transversum

Diaphragm - Pleuroperitoneal folds

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embryological origin of the Thorax and Diaphragm


Thorax - Septum transversum

Diaphragm - Pleuroperitoneal folds

can anyone confirm??
I looked all over my notes but I didn't find anything about it. But I am positive that I have seen on some test or some video that the diaphragm comes from the pleuroperitoneal folds.

I dont know about the thorax though.
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The septum transversum which is a mesodermal layer in the vicinity of the developing liver is established in the 4th week of intrauterine life . The septum transversum does not completely separate the thoracic and the abdominal cavities but leaves larges defects called the pleuroperitoneal canals on both sides. The pleuroperitoneal membrane forms over the canals and closes the connection between the thoracic and the abdominal cavities usually around the 8th week .The right pleuroperitoneal canal closes earlier than the left. Hence hernia is relatively uncommon in the right side.
septum transversum becomes the central tendon of the adult diaphragm. The dorsal mesentry becomes the crura of the diaphragm, while the dorsal and dorsolateral wall forms the peripheral portions of the diaphragm.
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i did kaplan videos ..some kaplan LN ,FA 2 times and am doing UW now ..1400 qs left ..yeah i know am so slowely ..i tried to do nbme 4 today but i knida got disasapointed and stop it ..cuz i never heard of these stuff through my study ..i am fraid to postpone my exam ...i dont know what to do guys
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I'm a student from India... Exam on 25th June... Gave a nbme yesterday and scored jus 200... ... I have finished Kaplan uworld and DIT videos too... FA doing second round.. My weak subjects seem to be Physio biochem and general principles of health and disease..... Will i able to get a descent score... Not aiming too high(220-240) as i'm an average student... Any suggestions please... And all the best to all of u'll guys
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I'm a student from India... Exam on 25th June... Gave a nbme yesterday and scored jus 200... ... I have finished Kaplan uworld and DIT videos too... FA doing second round.. My weak subjects seem to be Physio biochem and general principles of health and disease..... Will i able to get a descent score... Not aiming too high(220-240) as i'm an average student... Any suggestions please... And all the best to all of u'll guys
You might just have enough time to go through DIT again. Doing it in the last 15-20 days might boost your score enough. Following the videos and study guide they present will also ensure you study those 8-12 hours a day you should in this last weeks before the exam. Do a couple more of NBME's and try to do at least some 30-46 mixed questions everyday from your favorite Qbank.

This goes for Toyaelrayah too. Guys, we need to study the most in these last weeks. Put everything else aside, we need to be in overdrive. These are definitely the most important days for studying.
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You might just have enough time to go through DIT again. Doing it in the last 15-20 days might boost your score enough. Following the videos and study guide they present will also ensure you study those 8-12 hours a day you should in this last weeks before the exam. Do a couple more of NBME's and try to do at least some 30-46 mixed questions everyday from your favorite Qbank.

This goes for Toyaelrayah too. Guys, we need to study the most in these last weeks. Put everything else aside, we need to be in overdrive. These are definitely the most important days for studying.
Thanks a lot... Actually was thinking if i should read BRS physio atleast CVS Renal Resp?...FA seems to be really helping me now.. and i do make it a point to solve atleast 50 questions per day...
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Dont use USMLErx it is not worth your money, also the support is crap.... anyone of the past users will tell you that it frequently crashes and I had a very terrible experience with their customer support- they suspended my account for 1 week waiting to confirm payment from the credit card when the amount already charged to me, also customer care is not helpful... they dont reply on time, nor are they helpful in telling you what is going on or what they want
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Dont use USMLErx it is not worth your money, also the support is crap.... anyone of the past users will tell you that it frequently crashes and I had a very terrible experience with their customer support- they suspended my account for 1 week waiting to confirm payment from the credit card when the amount already charged to me, also customer care is not helpful... they dont reply on time, nor are they helpful in telling you what is going on or what they want
Well I know that having trouble with a product is horrible, and its even worse when customer support is bad. Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with Rx, i have been there (with other products not associated with usmle).

I have to admit I have had some trouble with connection too, it can sometimes be frustrating, and sometimes it seems it doesnt save the answers Im choosing. Also crossing out answers is no good, because when you go to the next question and then come back, all the answer choices are uncrossed. Little things like that make the Rx qbank fall behind of Uworld. But the content of the qbank itself is very good, and the explanations too. It also has some features that Uworld doesnt, like creating 7 hour sims, choosing the difficulty of the questions, knowing how many answers you changed and if they were finally correct etc. In the end, as i said, its definitely a good choice, but dont choose it over Uworld if you had to make the choice.
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Well I know that having trouble with a product is horrible, and its even worse when customer support is bad. Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with Rx, i have been there (with other products not associated with usmle).

I have to admit I have had some trouble with connection too, it can sometimes be frustrating, and sometimes it seems it doesnt save the answers Im choosing. Also crossing out answers is no good, because when you go to the next question and then come back, all the answer choices are uncrossed. Little things like that make the Rx qbank fall behind of Uworld. But the content of the qbank itself is very good, and the explanations too. It also has some features that Uworld doesnt, like creating 7 hour sims, choosing the difficulty of the questions, knowing how many answers you changed and if they were finally correct etc. In the end, as i said, its definitely a good choice, but dont choose it over Uworld if you had to make the choice.
My account is still suspended but I am being charged for it... which is so ridiculous, I don't care how good it is if I can't use it.... BTW do you know about any customer care contact number for USMLErx that you know, they never reply to my emails quickly... ty
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For the day of your test guys,
1. how do you have planned to take the blocks?
2. anything special for lunch?
3. Red bull or coke?
4. Skipping the tutorial?
5. Any other last tip?

Personally, I will begin with two blocks, take a small break, do two more blocks and go to lunch, 30 mins. Come back and do 2 blocks and then take a break and do 1 block and take a break and then do the final block. Me coke and yes, skipping the tutorial.
I have 11 effective days left, I have a part time job, my test is on the 18th. So btw the job and the studying, 11 days is what i got left. I wish the best for everybody! WE ARE GOING TO PASS!!!!
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It happened to me too and my account is good now and they gave me two extra days in my subscription. But if you write them an email, they will reply u faster than kaplan. Anyhow, it sucks having it down.
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For the day of your test guys,
1. how do you have planned to take the blocks?
2. anything special for lunch?
3. Red bull or coke?
4. Skipping the tutorial?
5. Any other last tip?

Personally, I will begin with two blocks, take a small break, do two more blocks and go to lunch, 30 mins. Come back and do 2 blocks and then take a break and do 1 block and take a break and then do the final block. Me coke and yes, skipping the tutorial.
I have 11 effective days left, I have a part time job, my test is on the 18th. So btw the job and the studying, 11 days is what i got left. I wish the best for everybody! WE ARE GOING TO PASS!!!!
1. I have practiced taking a small 1-3 min break after each block. Except when completing 2 blocks, as you have said, I also take 15-20 mins. When reaching block 5-6 and 6-7 I always take 10 min break.

2. Im taking some fruit, orange juice, a small sandwich and some crackers
3. Coke and RedBull
4. I am skipping the tutorial also

This monday I have a practice session at prometric. Any tip I learn from that experience, I will pass on to you.
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1. I have practiced taking a small 1-3 min break after each block. Except when completing 2 blocks, as you have said, I also take 15-20 mins. When reaching block 5-6 and 6-7 I always take 10 min break.

2. Im taking some fruit, orange juice, a small sandwich and some crackers
3. Coke and RedBull
4. I am skipping the tutorial also

This monday I have a practice session at prometric. Any tip I learn from that experience, I will pass on to you.
Say, i would like to take a practice session at prometric as well. Can you guide me how to do that? how much is it and where to make the appointment? tnx !
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The same way you do when you schedule your STEP 1. You need to go to ECFMG page and request a practice session. Then you pay and then you can choose the date that best suits in the prometric page. It was like $150. Cant recall exactly the price and details, but its very easy.
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You might just have enough time to go through DIT again. Doing it in the last 15-20 days might boost your score enough. Following the videos and study guide they present will also ensure you study those 8-12 hours a day you should in this last weeks before the exam. Do a couple more of NBME's and try to do at least some 30-46 mixed questions everyday from your favorite Qbank.

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how can i manage the time ?? how can i do DIT and UW in the 224 hrs /day .. i only do one block of UW /day and the day is already end what to do ??
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^ increase the speed of DIT video to 1.5xx or 2.

Try to finish a block of Uworld under 45mins. and only review questions you got wrong and ones you guessed.

its doable on a 12hr schedule.
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Maybe try doing less world questions. Do 30-35 question blocks only. And check marked and wrong questions only, that should take some 2 hours max of your study time. The rest 10 hours you should do DIT.
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Maybe try doing less world questions. Do 30-35 question blocks only. And check marked and wrong questions only, that should take some 2 hours max of your study time. The rest 10 hours you should do DIT.
Omg ! then i wont finish UW too much QS left about 1200 Qs .. and i heard UW is most important am so lost now ...
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Ok guys, so yesterday I took the STEP 1 Practice Session at the Prometric center.

First tip. If you know you are going to drive, or if you know there is chance of traffic, then take the necessary precautions. My testing center is about 15-30 minutes from my home. I had to arrive at prometric at 730am (30 mins before starting), so I decided to set out at 630-640am, thinking it would be enough, boy was I wrong... Horrible traffic jam everywhere in the mornings (it has been a while since I drove around the city in the morning), and got to prometric at 830am. Yes, it took me 1 hour and a half to 2 hours to get to the center. Luckily they still let me in. This means that for my test day, I will have to get up at 530am, and leave my house at about 6am to be able to get to prometric on time.

The people at prometric were very friendly, they gave me 3 laminated sheets to write on, and said I could ask for more if I needed, so I went and wrote my pharmacology equations, cardiology, G coupled receptors, some inmuno stuff (like Hot T Bone StEAk).

I only did the audio test in the intro block, and skipped everything else (so I got 14 more mins to my break time).

The test was pretty easy, some question stems were long, other´s were pretty straight forward, very few WTF questions. I have heard these 150 questions are the same as the questions you can download at USMLE for practice. I havent done them, so for me, all the questions at the practice session were completely new.

My overall score was 87%. I do not have my paper here for a detailed score on each of the 3 blocks, but I remember that I had like 70% on block 1, 80% on 2, and 90% on the third block. I was surprised at this because I felt block 1 pretty easy, block 2 hard, and block 3 moderate but manageable. Maybe I didnt get a good performance on block 1 because I was still a little stressed out from the traffic jam, finding a parking spot and running up 5 stories.

They could let me leave for the breaks, after signing on the log, taking my fingerprint. Bathroom is pretty close for me, I have a small cafeteria on the first floor. Everything is just as other people say. I really feel this is a good experience for me, and will help me build confidence on my test date, 17th June.
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For the day of your test guys,
1. how do you have planned to take the blocks?
2. anything special for lunch?
3. Red bull or coke?
4. Skipping the tutorial?
5. Any other last tip?

Personally, I will begin with two blocks, take a small break, do two more blocks and go to lunch, 30 mins. Come back and do 2 blocks and then take a break and do 1 block and take a break and then do the final block. Me coke and yes, skipping the tutorial.
I have 11 effective days left, I have a part time job, my test is on the 18th. So btw the job and the studying, 11 days is what i got left. I wish the best for everybody! WE ARE GOING TO PASS!!!!
I just had my exam yesterday. Finally done with it!

1. Here was my break time strategy-
Block 1- Pee break (3-5 minutes) [Drank a lot of caffeine in the morning ]
Block 2- Head down, shut eye time (5 minutes)
Block 3- 10 minutes break [Got out and stretched a bit]
Block 4- Lunch break (20 minutes) [Ate, went for a short walk, it was sunny and refreshing!]
Block 5- 10 minutes break (you will really need this one) [had some more caffeine]
Block 6- 10 minute break (the final countdown!)

I should add here I completed most of my block with at least 5 minutes remaining. That gave me some extra time. The signing in and signing out process is going to take about 1.5-2 minutes total, so factor that in.

2. For lunch, I had bananas + fruit juice. I also had a couple of energy bars (snickers).

3. I took redbull. Double caffeine than coke. Helped me through the last 2 blocks.

4. Test your headphones. Skip the rest.

5. Last minute tips is that no matter how well prepared you are, there are some questions that won't make sense. I panicked a bit in my last block as there were about 5 questions that looked very strange.

I too have a full time job and studying and working is not ideal. Do take few days off before your exam. These last few days can help a lot with your scores. Best of luck and I hope you do well!
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I just had my exam yesterday. Finally done with it!

1. Here was my break time strategy-
Block 1- Pee break (3-5 minutes) [Drank a lot of caffeine in the morning ]
Block 2- Head down, shut eye time (5 minutes)
Block 3- 10 minutes break [Got out and stretched a bit]
Block 4- Lunch break (20 minutes) [Ate, went for a short walk, it was sunny and refreshing!]
Block 5- 10 minutes break (you will really need this one) [had some more caffeine]
Block 6- 10 minute break (the final countdown!)

I should add here I completed most of my block with at least 5 minutes remaining. That gave me some extra time. The signing in and signing out process is going to take about 1.5-2 minutes total, so factor that in.

2. For lunch, I had bananas + fruit juice. I also had a couple of energy bars (snickers).

3. I took redbull. Double caffeine than coke. Helped me through the last 2 blocks.

4. Test your headphones. Skip the rest.

5. Last minute tips is that no matter how well prepared you are, there are some questions that won't make sense. I panicked a bit in my last block as there were about 5 questions that looked very strange.

I too have a full time job and studying and working is not ideal. Do take few days off before your exam. These last few days can help a lot with your scores. Best of luck and I hope you do well!
Thanks for the detailed info. Very helpful
For me, How was the xam , they changed
The Q pool Rt? So was it doable or very diff
Any last moment study tips? Will b thankful for your reply.
All the best for the high score.
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Thanks for the detailed info. Very helpful
For me, How was the xam , they changed
The Q pool Rt? So was it doable or very diff
Any last moment study tips? Will b thankful for your reply.
All the best for the high score.
The question pool did look a bit different. Some experimental questions were beyond me. Many questions were fairly straight forward though. In all, the questions seemed a bit easier than what I experienced with UWorld self evaluation tests.

For the last 3 days, I went over the whole FA again. Really quick. I know people here recommend to stick to questions or your notes for the last few days. I guess to each their own. The last FA read really helped me a lot as everything was fresh in my mind.

Also, get some sleep, 4-5 hours at least, the night before exam. I slept only for 2 hours, which was not ideal. Worked out OK though
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That is great. And congratulations for finally doing the test! We all know you are going to have a good score and achieve your objectives. I have 12 days until mine :sorry:
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That is great. And congratulations for finally doing the test! We all know you are going to have a good score and achieve your objectives. I have 12 days until mine :sorry:
Thanks a lot! And good luck to you!
Knuckle down hard, these few days can make a world of difference
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Oh man!!! thats great!! wish you the best of the best!!! Thanks for the input and i am pretty sure we will be seeing each other on the step 2 forum. :sorry:
Now relax man. (at least for a few days). My time is coming soon and I will do my best.
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my exam is on 18th. i took nbme 15 on 8/6 i got 228/37 wrong, i was aiming for a 250 plus
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my exam is on 18th. i took nbme 15 on 8/6 i got 228/37 wrong, i was aiming for a 250 plus
should i postpone my exam for one more month to do DIT cause thats the only that is left that i didnt do.
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If you havent done DIT, then it would be a good idea to do it. It is supposed to increase your score by some 10-15 points on average. You can do it in 15-20 days though. The 2011 edition.
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good luck. its totally doable. just keep your composure when the tough questions hit you..

and STAY hydrated......
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good luck. its totally doable. just keep your composure when the tough questions hit you..

and STAY hydrated......

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My test is on Wednesday... It feels so weird... No emotions at all. I feel like this is not real...
Who is gonna take test? How does it feel?

By the way - I tried energy drink - I wanted to sleep so badly after 1 hour as I drank it... I decided to take with me some ice coffee and couple snickers-bars.
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Ok, so... I took the test today. I will post about it here, I wont go as far as to post every detail of my study schedule and strategies because I won't know if they worked until I get my score In other words, I do not know if my example will help others! But here it goes:

So in my last 2-3 weeks of studying, I went on overdrive and revved up my study time from 5-6 hours per day to 9-12 hours a day. My last NBME scores during those weeks were 228, 231 and 6 days before my test I got 240 on NBME 7, all online and timed. The day before my test, I woke up really early as I had been doing the previous weeks (520-540am or so), to end what stamina I had left and be able to go to sleep early that night (which I actually could, I always regarded myself as a very relaxed, cool headed and easy sleeper, but I didnt think I would be able to pull this one, but I did! heh). That day, I only checked my wrong answers I had on previous NBMEs and checked my marker board topic, and I enjoyed the rest of that day with my family, it was fathers day. Got everything ready for the day of the test, and went to sleep like at 9-10pm.

Got up well rested at 520am, had my morning coffee and went to the testing center. I got there really early, like at 7am, and they let me start at 730am. I packed 2 bananas, 1 cocacola, 1 sandwich, 1 bottled water, 2 muffins, and 1 redbull. (I only had the bananas, half the coke and the redbull).

At first I regarded the test as very easy. First 2 blocks were incredibly straightforward questions. At block 3 onward the test seemed really difficult, felt as though the question stems were getting longer and more detailed. Starting getting more genetics and molecular biology questions which I totally hate.

I left a little winded, not knowing if I performed good or bad during the test, but I always had that feeling after taking any NBME or Rx sim, even when I had a good performance, so I dont know...

My test was very deficient on pharm questions, except for the typical ANS pharm question with graphs, BP, HR etc. But I didnt get any pharm interaction, not even a P450 question. I had (what I feel) A LOT of genetics questions, ranging from knowing the chromosome abnormality, to family trees, and even one that required me to do a 2x2 table to get the answer. The micro questions were very easy, pretty straight forward, typical cases, and the wrong answer choices were pathogens that were VERY unlikely.

I also felt a very reduced number of pediatrics questions, I only got 1 neonatal question (it was TORCH, toxoplasma infection, linked with micro, very easy).

A lot of pathology questions, lots of photos, gross pathology, and microscopic, huge question stems with signs, symptoms, risk factors, family history and pathology, some of them were very difficult IMO, others pretty classical.

Typical anatomy and neuroanato questions, like thoracic lesions, MRI structure identification, brain stem structure id etc. I would advice checking Netter or other image/photo anatomy atlas of organs commonly tested by USMLE.

I had a good number that felt as repeated from the qbanks and NBMEs I took, but I cannot recall if they were exactly the same, or just similar. I did had a question about Gibbs free energy equation, EXACTLY IDENTICAL to the NBME 7 one, it even had the same numbers, I almost laughed out loud in the examination room because that was the only NBME that I didnt take with expanded feedback and I didnt know if at that time I had it right or wrong, but I can tell you that it was exactly the same question.

I got very few number solving questions, didnt use any renal, cardiac or pharm equation, but I had a good deal of biostat questions. I had NNT, AR and one which was a straightforward find the sensitivity one, it even came with a table for you to just plug in the numbers (yes, I check and the table wasn't upside down).

I got like 3-5 ob/gyn questions, like preclampsia, pelvic anatomy, prenatal care etc.

Also, I got my fair number of WTF questions. Questions about strange genes, and products, and graphs, and the answers didn't make sense at all. But I was warned those were coming, so I tried to keep it together. You should also expect them.

All and all, I am starting to feel a little bit more relaxed and confident as the day goes by. My biggest dissapointment was to go to the store after the test and find out that The Last of Us for PS3 was all sold out.

Well, that was it, any questions I will gladly answer. I will be taken a vacation until mid july to start working again and plan my next STEP or maybe a clinical rotation.
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Ok, so... I took the test today. I will post about it here, I wont go as far as to post every detail of my study schedule and strategies because I won't know if they worked until I get my score In other words, I do not know if my example will help others! But here it goes:

So in my last 2-3 weeks of studying, I went on overdrive and revved up my study time from 5-6 hours per day to 9-12 hours a day. My last NBME scores during those weeks were 228, 231 and 6 days before my test I got 240 on NBME 7, all online and timed. The day before my test, I woke up really early as I had been doing the previous weeks (520-540am or so), to end what stamina I had left and be able to go to sleep early that night (which I actually could, I always regarded myself as a very relaxed, cool headed and easy sleeper, but I didnt think I would be able to pull this one, but I did! heh). That day, I only checked my wrong answers I had on previous NBMEs and checked my marker board topic, and I enjoyed the rest of that day with my family, it was fathers day. Got everything ready for the day of the test, and went to sleep like at 9-10pm.

Got up well rested at 520am, had my morning coffee and went to the testing center. I got there really early, like at 7am, and they let me start at 730am. I packed 2 bananas, 1 cocacola, 1 sandwich, 1 bottled water, 2 muffins, and 1 redbull. (I only had the bananas, half the coke and the redbull).

At first I regarded the test as very easy. First 2 blocks were incredibly straightforward questions. At block 3 onward the test seemed really difficult, felt as though the question stems were getting longer and more detailed. Starting getting more genetics and molecular biology questions which I totally hate.

I left a little winded, not knowing if I performed good or bad during the test, but I always had that feeling after taking any NBME or Rx sim, even when I had a good performance, so I dont know...

My test was very deficient on pharm questions, except for the typical ANS pharm question with graphs, BP, HR etc. But I didnt get any pharm interaction, not even a P450 question. I had (what I feel) A LOT of genetics questions, ranging from knowing the chromosome abnormality, to family trees, and even one that required me to do a 2x2 table to get the answer. The micro questions were very easy, pretty straight forward, typical cases, and the wrong answer choices were pathogens that were VERY unlikely.

I also felt a very reduced number of pediatrics questions, I only got 1 neonatal question (it was TORCH, toxoplasma infection, linked with micro, very easy).

A lot of pathology questions, lots of photos, gross pathology, and microscopic, huge question stems with signs, symptoms, risk factors, family history and pathology, some of them were very difficult IMO, others pretty classical.

Typical anatomy and neuroanato questions, like thoracic lesions, MRI structure identification, brain stem structure id etc. I would advice checking Netter or other image/photo anatomy atlas of organs commonly tested by USMLE.

I had a good number that felt as repeated from the qbanks and NBMEs I took, but I cannot recall if they were exactly the same, or just similar. I did had a question about Gibbs free energy equation, EXACTLY IDENTICAL to the NBME 7 one, it even had the same numbers, I almost laughed out loud in the examination room because that was the only NBME that I didnt take with expanded feedback and I didnt know if at that time I had it right or wrong, but I can tell you that it was exactly the same question.

I got very few number solving questions, didnt use any renal, cardiac or pharm equation, but I had a good deal of biostat questions. I had NNT, AR and one which was a straightforward find the sensitivity one, it even came with a table for you to just plug in the numbers (yes, I check and the table wasn't upside down).

I got like 3-5 ob/gyn questions, like preclampsia, pelvic anatomy, prenatal care etc.

Also, I got my fair number of WTF questions. Questions about strange genes, and products, and graphs, and the answers didn't make sense at all. But I was warned those were coming, so I tried to keep it together. You should also expect them.

All and all, I am starting to feel a little bit more relaxed and confident as the day goes by. My biggest dissapointment was to go to the store after the test and find out that The Last of Us for PS3 was all sold out.

Well, that was it, any questions I will gladly answer. I will be taken a vacation until mid july to start working again and plan my next STEP or maybe a clinical rotation.
Hey! thanks for giving us an account of your experience! i was curious to know. well the exam sounds fair game to me. at this point, i should be expecting it to go the way you described. my exam is in 2 weeks. lets see how i manage it all. Congrats on being done, and good luck fr for the result!
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Ok, so... I took the test today. I will post about it here, I wont go as far as to post every detail of my study schedule and strategies because I won't know if they worked until I get my score In other words, I do not know if my example will help others! But here it goes:

So in my last 2-3 weeks of studying, I went on overdrive and revved up my study time from 5-6 hours per day to 9-12 hours a day. My last NBME scores during those weeks were 228, 231 and 6 days before my test I got 240 on NBME 7, all online and timed. The day before my test, I woke up really early as I had been doing the previous weeks (520-540am or so), to end what stamina I had left and be able to go to sleep early that night (which I actually could, I always regarded myself as a very relaxed, cool headed and easy sleeper, but I didnt think I would be able to pull this one, but I did! heh). That day, I only checked my wrong answers I had on previous NBMEs and checked my marker board topic, and I enjoyed the rest of that day with my family, it was fathers day. Got everything ready for the day of the test, and went to sleep like at 9-10pm.

Got up well rested at 520am, had my morning coffee and went to the testing center. I got there really early, like at 7am, and they let me start at 730am. I packed 2 bananas, 1 cocacola, 1 sandwich, 1 bottled water, 2 muffins, and 1 redbull. (I only had the bananas, half the coke and the redbull).

At first I regarded the test as very easy. First 2 blocks were incredibly straightforward questions. At block 3 onward the test seemed really difficult, felt as though the question stems were getting longer and more detailed. Starting getting more genetics and molecular biology questions which I totally hate.

I left a little winded, not knowing if I performed good or bad during the test, but I always had that feeling after taking any NBME or Rx sim, even when I had a good performance, so I dont know...

My test was very deficient on pharm questions, except for the typical ANS pharm question with graphs, BP, HR etc. But I didnt get any pharm interaction, not even a P450 question. I had (what I feel) A LOT of genetics questions, ranging from knowing the chromosome abnormality, to family trees, and even one that required me to do a 2x2 table to get the answer. The micro questions were very easy, pretty straight forward, typical cases, and the wrong answer choices were pathogens that were VERY unlikely.

I also felt a very reduced number of pediatrics questions, I only got 1 neonatal question (it was TORCH, toxoplasma infection, linked with micro, very easy).

A lot of pathology questions, lots of photos, gross pathology, and microscopic, huge question stems with signs, symptoms, risk factors, family history and pathology, some of them were very difficult IMO, others pretty classical.

Typical anatomy and neuroanato questions, like thoracic lesions, MRI structure identification, brain stem structure id etc. I would advice checking Netter or other image/photo anatomy atlas of organs commonly tested by USMLE.

I had a good number that felt as repeated from the qbanks and NBMEs I took, but I cannot recall if they were exactly the same, or just similar. I did had a question about Gibbs free energy equation, EXACTLY IDENTICAL to the NBME 7 one, it even had the same numbers, I almost laughed out loud in the examination room because that was the only NBME that I didnt take with expanded feedback and I didnt know if at that time I had it right or wrong, but I can tell you that it was exactly the same question.

I got very few number solving questions, didnt use any renal, cardiac or pharm equation, but I had a good deal of biostat questions. I had NNT, AR and one which was a straightforward find the sensitivity one, it even came with a table for you to just plug in the numbers (yes, I check and the table wasn't upside down).

I got like 3-5 ob/gyn questions, like preclampsia, pelvic anatomy, prenatal care etc.

Also, I got my fair number of WTF questions. Questions about strange genes, and products, and graphs, and the answers didn't make sense at all. But I was warned those were coming, so I tried to keep it together. You should also expect them.

All and all, I am starting to feel a little bit more relaxed and confident as the day goes by. My biggest dissapointment was to go to the store after the test and find out that The Last of Us for PS3 was all sold out.

Well, that was it, any questions I will gladly answer. I will be taken a vacation until mid july to start working again and plan my next STEP or maybe a clinical rotation.
Congrats on finishing. Time to enjoy a little break.

btw The last of Us is really really good. i'm about 8 hours in and already hooked. I hope you get a copy soon. Whats your PSN..
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hi exam like u world or nbme ?
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what happens if a block doesnt gets completed? does the whole block counts as incorrect or only the incomplete questions? OMG cose i left 2 questions unanswered in the first block.. :sorry:
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The test is very much like NBME. I havent done Uworld in a long time, the last 3 months I practiced with Rx.

Im sure only the unanswered questions are marked as incorrect, not the whole block.
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what happens if a block doesnt gets completed? does the whole block counts as incorrect or only the incomplete questions? OMG cose i left 2 questions unanswered in the first block.. :sorry:

Hm... I never thought about that risk....
Really - does somebody know how does it work?
My exam is tomorrow.....
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Does anyone has USMLE RX Qmax questions offline?

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makes no sense for a whole block to be incorrect. ITS highly probable that you'll only get those unanswered questions marked incorrect.
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Hi everyone!
Here is a my experience to take USMLE 1.
My exam was today - June 19 2013.
I arrived to prometic center earlier around 7:50 AM and around 40 minutes I waited in my car because center was closed. While I waited many people arrived too. So around 8:25 AM they opened and I was a first one.
I skipped tutorial and started first block. I was really nervous but in the middle of my exam I felt Ok.
What can I tell about question.... First of all - I had a lot from microbiology, genetic and biostatistic (which I hate). There was so many pictures of micro, histology, sounds and.. But overall it was't so bad.... I really don't know what to think because some questions was really funny and obviously plain but some of them (especially from biostatistic) - like Really...
I did meet many questions from parasitology - for example pictures of helmints eggs, photo of scabies etc. Also I had a lot of questions from gynecology and endocrinology like hormonal regulations etc.
I can tell that I didn't expect so many questions from statistic and epidemiology. There were just 3-4 questions from biochemistry and anatomy.

real USMLE looks very similar to USMLERx. I had a quite a lot questions like in USMLErx.
I don't want to check my answers by the books now - I just so tired. And I don't have a plans to do that.
I came out at 3:20 PM. I felt like I was dying - I was so tired. It was like I did have a empty space instead of my brain. Feels weird - depressed and satisfied in one time.
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makes no sense for a whole block to be incorrect. ITS highly probable that you'll only get those unanswered questions marked incorrect.
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hi guys,,im taking the test in august and i have one stupid question...u ppl seem to talk about this DIT..wat is it and how do i get it.....waiting
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hi guys,,im taking the test in august and i have one stupid question...u ppl seem to talk about this DIT..wat is it and how do i get it.....waiting
DIT is doctors in training. go to their website at http://www.doctorsintraining.com/ to learn more.

They basically go through all of FA explaining the subjects in greater detail and pointing out the most high yield stuff. They also make sure you memorize the most important subjects, by testing you with their questions that come in their handouts and by email, which they send every week.
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@ medpack,

cngrts on fnshn ur exam...well done..can u explain where xctly shud i study the following:

Typical anatomy and neuroanato questions, like thoracic lesions, MRI structure identification, brain stem structure id etc. I would advice checking Netter or other image/photo anatomy atlas of organs commonly tested by USMLE.

...and do u realy recommend dit?hw much time wl it take?
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Typical anatomy and neuroanato questions, like thoracic lesions, MRI structure identification, brain stem structure id etc. I would advice checking Netter or other image/photo anatomy atlas of organs commonly tested by USMLE.

...and do u realy recommend dit?hw much time wl it take?
I did have many MRI images and pictures from neuroanatomy.
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hi..can u recommend a good score for those pics? and dit is so costly!! 800$ is alot ofmoney..wat do u guys recommend..thnx
https://www.msu.edu/~brains/brains/human/

Also recently I bought Ferri's Color atlas and textbook of clinical medicine. It loaded with so many pictures. It helped a lot.
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For anatomy and neuroanatomy I used my trusty Photo Atlas of Anatomy by Yokochi. I felt so good learning the cranial nerves and their origins and on the day of the test I got a question with a very similar real anatomy piece asking for those stuff.

Its high yield guys, it will only take you a day or 2 to learn the important structures and landmarks most commonly tested by usmle, and it will give you a couple of easy points.
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For anatomy and neuroanatomy I used my trusty Photo Atlas of Anatomy by Yokochi. I felt so good learning the cranial nerves and their origins and on the day of the test I got a question with a very similar real anatomy piece asking for those stuff.

Its high yield guys, it will only take you a day or 2 to learn the important structures and landmarks most commonly tested by usmle, and it will give you a couple of easy points.
u also got questions from usmle R x in real exam?
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u also got questions from usmle R x in real exam?
Entire exam was as a USMLERx.... I felt this way a lot
I wish I knew that - so I could pay more attention
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Ive always said it, Rx is a superb qbank. I hope it pays off, im still waiting for my result
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Ive always said it, Rx is a superb qbank. I hope it pays off, im still waiting for my result
Are you guys trying to say that usmle Rex is better than usmle world ?
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took nbme 15 last week and got a 220, feel the real exam won't go as well. really worried about it now.
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Are you guys trying to say that usmle Rex is better than usmle world ?
In my opinion they are just different.
USMLEworld has a very difficult questions - real exam is much easier.
USMLERx asks things from FA - and actually it is the same like real exam. I wish I would paid more attention to USMLERx because I did have many questions almost the same.
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took nbme 15 last week and got a 220, feel the real exam won't go as well. really worried about it now.
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Goodness I feel so burned out, and just overall tired. Going through Pathoma one last time, is just quite annoying. Been through it so many times during MS2 and my dedicated period, that I don't even feel like doing it again.

I just don't find the time to read first aid. I finished Pathoma, finished Kaplan (have to go back and watch a few videos again), but can't find the time to read first aid. I was able to read the first half of first aid and finished reproductive and neurology portion. i read heme, musculoskeletal, renal, and respiratory a few weeks ago, but forgot most of the details.
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Goodness I feel so burned out, and just overall tired. Going through Pathoma one last time, is just quite annoying. Been through it so many times during MS2 and my dedicated period, that I don't even feel like doing it again.

I just don't find the time to read first aid. I finished Pathoma, finished Kaplan (have to go back and watch a few videos again), but can't find the time to read first aid. I was able to read the first half of first aid and finished reproductive and neurology portion. i read heme, musculoskeletal, renal, and respiratory a few weeks ago, but forgot most of the details.
You know - in my exam I did not have so much questions about pathology. And overall - we know that subject pretty good.
Read FA - it has everything what you can remember for that time.
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hi . i am new in this group .. my step 1 exam is on 20th june
today i gave usmleworld self assessment exam and got 145 ;(
what to do ... iam very depressed right now please if anyone can guide me ...
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hi . i am new in this group .. my step 1 exam is on 20th june
today i gave usmleworld self assessment exam and got 145 ;(
what to do ... iam very depressed right now please if anyone can guide me ...
USMLEworld s-ass is a really hard one. It's much harder than a real exam.
Anyway - it's up to you - how do you feel - if you feel Ok - go and take it. If you feel weak - take some time.
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hi . i am new in this group .. my step 1 exam is on 20th june
today i gave usmleworld self assessment exam and got 145 ;(
what to do ... iam very depressed right now please if anyone can guide me ...
you mean 20th july? we are June 23rd today!

About your score, if you are going to take STEP 1 soon, I would recommend postponing it, getting 145 on UWorld SA is a red flag that you are missing most of the important or high yield stuff. Despite Uworld SA being a difficult test, you are supposed to have at least a passing score.

Take it as a baseline, work your way from that score to a higher one, there is another Uworld SA test, study for at least 1 more month and then take the new SA.
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Hello all,just took step 1 today...i feel as though a burden has left me...am thankful

I did the first 2 blocks at a stretch.
Took about five minutes break between each block.
The only exception was between my 4th and fifth blocks. Which i took a lunch break of about 23 minutes.
Had several questions from the nbmes.
first aid covered most concepts.
had a several WTF questions though
Hope for a great score.


MY ADVICE :
Do all nbmes u can do preferably online.
But if you cant do that there is no excuse not to downloas them and do them offline.
And even if you did them online still try and download them and integrate those concepts. Or pay for the extended feedback form so u know the ones u failed.
The must do for these step 1 are :
1) please understand most if not all concepts in UWORLD.
2) Always refer to first Aid or some other book of general concepts like medessentials (please dont be too lazy to do these it makes the concepts stick i mean especially with FA?
3) Do all or most nbmes especially the recent ones (7-15) at least a week to the exam.Try looking for answers to the nbme with detailed explainations... I did all the nbmes except nbme 1-3 and 15(i looked for 15 but i didnt find it but so a website that had flashcards explaining answers to the questions and read them) and read the explainations to the answers especially those i failed.

Actually did not want to do nbme 15 online cos i was scared that i might get depressed as i had just a few days to the exam and was really in high spirits. Did nbme 12 offline 4 days out and missed 26 questions.
4) last week revise your FA quite quickly but thoroughly and pray before going to the exam.
5) utilize your breaks i only left a minutte break left before my final block. Stretch,breathe in well help you through the next

got most of these techniques from this forum.

During the exam i had flashbacks of pages of first aid while answering quite a number of the questions and also flashbacks of questions from the nbmes i did (majorly twisted the questions but still asked the same concept)

This might not work for some but it sure did help me gain confidence.

In all i solved about 5000 questions 1400 from nbmes. Hey guys nbme is now a qbank from the board of examiners themselves.anyone who tells you nbmes are not important is not helping you. thanks to SHIMA for her advice that i should do all NBMES.

Keeping my fingers crossed till my results are out :sorry:. CHEERS EVERYONE.
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Man.. at least 3 more weeks until they give me my score. I am supposed to be looking for a clerkship or start getting my material for STEP 2 but I cannot do anything until I get my score. I know I will not fail, but I will be devastated if I get a low score. Is it normal that I dont want to do anything else until I get my step 1 score? I should be advancing in other things, its not like my score is going to change my life course, but I still feel like waiting for it.

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Man.. at least 3 more weeks until they give me my score. I am supposed to be looking for a clerkship or start getting my material for STEP 2 but I cannot do anything until I get my score. I know I will not fail, but I will be devastated if I get a low score. Is it normal that I dont want to do anything else until I get my step 1 score? I should be advancing in other things, its not like my score is going to change my life course, but I still feel like waiting for it.

Is anyone else having those feelings?
you're not alone. i feel the same. my exam was pretty straight forward, there were easy questions, there were hard questions, i had some "ah ha, you cant trick me" moments and there were times where i had no clue and made a educated guess. all in all i still don't know how i did. also from what i heard some questions carry more weight than others.

"I know I will not fail, but I will be devastated if I get a low score."

^ pretty much sums my situation, and just like you i cant seem to wanna touch anything until i get my score back. you're not alone.
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you're not alone. i feel the same. my exam was pretty straight forward, there were easy questions, there were hard questions, i had some "ah ha, you cant trick me" moments and there were times where i had no clue and made a educated guess. all in all i still don't know how i did. also from what i heard some questions carry more weight than others.

"I know I will not fail, but I will be devastated if I get a low score."

^ pretty much sums my situation, and just like you i cant seem to wanna touch anything until i get my score back. you're not alone.
thanks for the support. My test was also straightforward, I mean, you dont go into that test lacking any bit of knowledge, you are supposed to have seen it all, but sometimes they can throw you some very tough or low yield concepts. Well... lets keep waiting for the results then!
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Man.. at least 3 more weeks until they give me my score. I am supposed to be looking for a clerkship or start getting my material for STEP 2 but I cannot do anything until I get my score. I know I will not fail, but I will be devastated if I get a low score. Is it normal that I dont want to do anything else until I get my step 1 score? I should be advancing in other things, its not like my score is going to change my life course, but I still feel like waiting for it.

Is anyone else having those feelings?
I feel very similar I would like to start my preparation for step 2 but I can't because I don't know my result for step 1. It feels so weird - I studied so much all the time but know I am a little bit confused because I don't have a bunch of books all around.
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Man.. at least 3 more weeks until they give me my score. I am supposed to be looking for a clerkship or start getting my material for STEP 2 but I cannot do anything until I get my score. I know I will not fail, but I will be devastated if I get a low score. Is it normal that I dont want to do anything else until I get my step 1 score? I should be advancing in other things, its not like my score is going to change my life course, but I still feel like waiting for it.

Is anyone else having those feelings?
Oh my god!!! I feel the same way man!! everytime my phone gets an email, even i know its too early, my hearts pounds so hards that i feel I am going into Afib... lol!!!! I would like to start preparing for step2ck and buying my books, and stuff.. but.. i need my green light!! Why do they take so long anyway??? do they review the videos? or something? or they do this just to try to break the studying habit that we have been building during this months? either way is so annoying..!!
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same here.can not really concentrate much here but in mu case i left lots of school work undone cos of this step and am being haunted by them.. Sortaa annoying..July 10th i think is the golden moment...lets keep giving ourselves support.. I also knew i had already passed when i was done with the step and as all. Idread a low score. I had sacrificed quite a lot...
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Ok, so... I took the test today. I will post about it here, I wont go as far as to post every detail of my study schedule and strategies because I won't know if they worked until I get my score In other words, I do not know if my example will help others! But here it goes:

So in my last 2-3 weeks of studying, I went on overdrive and revved up my study time from 5-6 hours per day to 9-12 hours a day. My last NBME scores during those weeks were 228, 231 and 6 days before my test I got 240 on NBME 7, all online and timed. The day before my test, I woke up really early as I had been doing the previous weeks (520-540am or so), to end what stamina I had left and be able to go to sleep early that night (which I actually could, I always regarded myself as a very relaxed, cool headed and easy sleeper, but I didnt think I would be able to pull this one, but I did! heh). That day, I only checked my wrong answers I had on previous NBMEs and checked my marker board topic, and I enjoyed the rest of that day with my family, it was fathers day. Got everything ready for the day of the test, and went to sleep like at 9-10pm.

Got up well rested at 520am, had my morning coffee and went to the testing center. I got there really early, like at 7am, and they let me start at 730am. I packed 2 bananas, 1 cocacola, 1 sandwich, 1 bottled water, 2 muffins, and 1 redbull. (I only had the bananas, half the coke and the redbull).

At first I regarded the test as very easy. First 2 blocks were incredibly straightforward questions. At block 3 onward the test seemed really difficult, felt as though the question stems were getting longer and more detailed. Starting getting more genetics and molecular biology questions which I totally hate.

I left a little winded, not knowing if I performed good or bad during the test, but I always had that feeling after taking any NBME or Rx sim, even when I had a good performance, so I dont know...

My test was very deficient on pharm questions, except for the typical ANS pharm question with graphs, BP, HR etc. But I didnt get any pharm interaction, not even a P450 question. I had (what I feel) A LOT of genetics questions, ranging from knowing the chromosome abnormality, to family trees, and even one that required me to do a 2x2 table to get the answer. The micro questions were very easy, pretty straight forward, typical cases, and the wrong answer choices were pathogens that were VERY unlikely.

I also felt a very reduced number of pediatrics questions, I only got 1 neonatal question (it was TORCH, toxoplasma infection, linked with micro, very easy).

A lot of pathology questions, lots of photos, gross pathology, and microscopic, huge question stems with signs, symptoms, risk factors, family history and pathology, some of them were very difficult IMO, others pretty classical.

Typical anatomy and neuroanato questions, like thoracic lesions, MRI structure identification, brain stem structure id etc. I would advice checking Netter or other image/photo anatomy atlas of organs commonly tested by USMLE.

I had a good number that felt as repeated from the qbanks and NBMEs I took, but I cannot recall if they were exactly the same, or just similar. I did had a question about Gibbs free energy equation, EXACTLY IDENTICAL to the NBME 7 one, it even had the same numbers, I almost laughed out loud in the examination room because that was the only NBME that I didnt take with expanded feedback and I didnt know if at that time I had it right or wrong, but I can tell you that it was exactly the same question.

I got very few number solving questions, didnt use any renal, cardiac or pharm equation, but I had a good deal of biostat questions. I had NNT, AR and one which was a straightforward find the sensitivity one, it even came with a table for you to just plug in the numbers (yes, I check and the table wasn't upside down).

I got like 3-5 ob/gyn questions, like preclampsia, pelvic anatomy, prenatal care etc.

Also, I got my fair number of WTF questions. Questions about strange genes, and products, and graphs, and the answers didn't make sense at all. But I was warned those were coming, so I tried to keep it together. You should also expect them.

All and all, I am starting to feel a little bit more relaxed and confident as the day goes by. My biggest dissapointment was to go to the store after the test and find out that The Last of Us for PS3 was all sold out.

Well, that was it, any questions I will gladly answer. I will be taken a vacation until mid july to start working again and plan my next STEP or maybe a clinical rotation.
how much is ur score?
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[QUOTE=OlgaW007;198481]Entire exam was as a USMLERx.... I felt this way a lot
I wish I knew that - so I could pay more attention[/QUO
did u get result today?plz post ur result
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I pass guys. Not with the score that i expected but I pass. I wish the best for everyone else here. See u in Step 2.
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