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hey guys .. i've read alot of "my experience while studying for step 1 ,so its only right that i tell my experience too ...

i'm an img graduated in 2011. its been a long journey .. i started studyin kaplan videos end of 2011 . finished them by beginin of jan .. due to circumstances (depression , wasting time , lack of motivation , laziness ) i procastinated and wasnt studyin that much after i finished the videos...i began studyin again properly in may mid end (2012) and had planned to give the exam in july end ... i did the dit videos initially and then was reading fa and doing uworld (random timed undone q )...i finished uworld once (was getting between 45-50%) and took an nbme and did beyond horrible and had a panic attack and postponed the exam and lost my eligbilty period ...

i took sometime off and started studyin again on and off in end of 2012 . was just doin u world and readin fa on and off .. like i would study for a week ,10days or so and take 5 days , a week off (laziness ,procastination m wastin time watchin shows) , this time when i was doin uworld i did all the uncorrect q's from the first time i did uworld and once i had finished that i marked all the q's and did that ..(was gettin between 65-75 here)

finally aorund june mid i booked to take the exam end of aug .. and started studyin properly properly..... i was reading only fa and reset my uworld and was doin that .uworld this time around i felt it was uneffective becuz i would recognize miost of the questions .but did them as practice to sit for 3 hrs to build stamina ...

in july i read goljian for a few chapters and looked at the notes of pathoma to see if both books have anythign extra which isnt already in fa or which i havent already added to fa from the explanations from uworld and would add it in .

around begining of aug i also did a couple 100 offline usmlerx q's aswell ..to get practice new q's and besides that was just readin fa and doin q's ..

the day of the exam i went half hr early .. they gave me a locker . put everythign in that .. and proceeded to the exam . i skipped the tutorial becuz its the same tutorial u see when u do the free 150 q's and it adds 15 min to ur 45 min break time ... i was really worried before the exam that i'd be really tired after a few bloks but firstly practisin few bloks everyday helped and secondly u have so mcuh adrenaline pumpin that u dont get tired .. i took 3 min between frst two bloks and then 8 to 10 min between the rest of them .. use to come and eat stufff ...

so the materials used were :
Kaplan Videos and lectures -once 1.5yr before exam
Dit videos - 1 yr before exam (added anything extra from dit videos into FA
First Aid
Goljian Book and Pathoma notes - ( only for a couples chapters and would add anything extra whihc isnt in fa intto fa
Uworld - first time around (random timed undone q april -july 2011 45-50&avg)
- second time ( incoreect q's and marked all q and did it Dec2012 - april 2013 65-75% )
- Third time (reset uworld and did timed undoneq july aug 2013 75-85% )
UsmleRx offline - aug 2013 around 300 q' 70-75%
NBME online- - 4/27/13 - 340 (184)
- 6/29/13 -350 (189)
- 8/2/13 -430 (205) (26 days before exam)
- 8/18/13 -410 (200) ( 10 days before exam)
uswa - uswa1 - 7/24/13 - 209 ( 35 days before exam )
- uswa2 -8/11/13 - 209 (17 days before exam )
Free 150q - 80% - 4 days before exam
Exam DATE : 28 August
Actual Score : 218

k that was my experience...
Now in hindsight these r the things i would've changed and advice i would give ...
1. This exam is not an impossible feat , its a completely possible thing to finish . we've gotten so scared of failin or not doin well that it hampers our studyin and outcome ..
2. GET UR BASICS RIGHT ..i couldnt emphazize more .. u need to "know" the topic . just memorizing things in fa or whtver book wont do .. u need to understand why things happens etc ...i had a hard time doin tht cuz altho i've always been good at memorizing things but in this exam u need to correlate things and to do that u need to get ur basics and concept right
3. Dont get disheartned . that a major issue with me . i would study for 10 days or whtver and take a test , do horrible , get depressed and take a week off ..
4.all these posts on forums r helpful and nice and r thr to help and some r good, but at the end of the day , they r just opinions , u need to decide for urself and not get discouraged by what ppl say and stuff .
5. CONFIDENCE !1!! ..this was one of the biggest key i think in why i got 218 not 200 or whtever ...confidence .. 2 weeks before the exam i stoped lookin at forums cuz it would discourage me and started tryin to convince myself that i know it .. cuz i did . i'd read t a million times .. i knew the topic . it was just a matter of correlatin it .. u should walk into the exam thinkin that u've done and prepared all u can and u know it ..IT IS KEY !!
6. i've read alot alot of posts of ppls nbme/uswa score and their actual score ..as u can see my nbme predicted i would get between 200-205 and my uswa predicted 209 both times (which apparently normally overpedicts ) .. these nbme and uswa should be useed as a learning and practise tool .dont think of it as ur acctual actual and get depressed . it gives u a ball park estimate to show if ur goin in the right track ..
7. DONT STOP READING ..ths was also a major prob with me . i would read for 10 days and take days back . this sets u back alot alot !! u end up starting from the same position the enxt time if u want take max max an evnin or day off and start again .. but from 2 months before the exam u need to give t all and keep readin .. this exam is completly possible but u neeed to need put in the effort and read and read and read ...

this was my experience and advice ..hope this helps someone like some posts on this forum have helped me.....
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hey guys .. i've read alot of "my experience while studying for step 1 ,so its only right that i tell my experience too ...

i'm an img graduated in 2011. its been a long journey .. i started studyin kaplan videos end of 2011 . finished them by beginin of jan .. due to circumstances (depression , wasting time , lack of motivation , laziness ) i procastinated and wasnt studyin that much after i finished the videos...i began studyin again properly in may mid end (2012) and had planned to give the exam in july end ... i did the dit videos initially and then was reading fa and doing uworld (random timed undone q )...i finished uworld once (was getting between 45-50%) and took an nbme and did beyond horrible and had a panic attack and postponed the exam and lost my eligbilty period ...

i took sometime off and started studyin again on and off in end of 2012 . was just doin u world and readin fa on and off .. like i would study for a week ,10days or so and take 5 days , a week off (laziness ,procastination m wastin time watchin shows) , this time when i was doin uworld i did all the uncorrect q's from the first time i did uworld and once i had finished that i marked all the q's and did that ..(was gettin between 65-75 here)

finally aorund june mid i booked to take the exam end of aug .. and started studyin properly properly..... i was reading only fa and reset my uworld and was doin that .uworld this time around i felt it was uneffective becuz i would recognize miost of the questions .but did them as practice to sit for 3 hrs to build stamina ...

in july i read goljian for a few chapters and looked at the notes of pathoma to see if both books have anythign extra which isnt already in fa or which i havent already added to fa from the explanations from uworld and would add it in .

around begining of aug i also did a couple 100 offline usmlerx q's aswell ..to get practice new q's and besides that was just readin fa and doin q's ..

the day of the exam i went half hr early .. they gave me a locker . put everythign in that .. and proceeded to the exam . i skipped the tutorial becuz its the same tutorial u see when u do the free 150 q's and it adds 15 min to ur 45 min break time ... i was really worried before the exam that i'd be really tired after a few bloks but firstly practisin few bloks everyday helped and secondly u have so mcuh adrenaline pumpin that u dont get tired .. i took 3 min between frst two bloks and then 8 to 10 min between the rest of them .. use to come and eat stufff ...

so the materials used were :
Kaplan Videos and lectures -once 1.5yr before exam
Dit videos - 1 yr before exam (added anything extra from dit videos into FA
First Aid
Goljian Book and Pathoma notes - ( only for a couples chapters and would add anything extra whihc isnt in fa intto fa
Uworld - first time around (random timed undone q april -july 2011 45-50&avg)
- second time ( incoreect q's and marked all q and did it Dec2012 - april 2013 65-75% )
- Third time (reset uworld and did timed undoneq july aug 2013 75-85% )
UsmleRx offline - aug 2013 around 300 q' 70-75%
NBME online- - 4/27/13 - 340 (184)
- 6/29/13 -350 (189)
- 8/2/13 -430 (205) (26 days before exam)
- 8/18/13 -410 (200) ( 10 days before exam)
uswa - uswa1 - 7/24/13 - 209 ( 35 days before exam )
- uswa2 -8/11/13 - 209 (17 days before exam )
Free 150q - 80% - 4 days before exam
Exam DATE : 28 August

Actual Score : 218


k that was my experience...
Now in hindsight these r the things i would've changed and advice i would give ...
1. This exam is not an impossible feat , its a completely possible thing to finish . we've gotten so scared of failin or not doin well that it hampers our studyin and outcome ..
2. GET UR BASICS RIGHT ..i couldnt emphazize more .. u need to "know" the topic . just memorizing things in fa or whtver book wont do .. u need to understand why things happens etc ...i had a hard time doin tht cuz altho i've always been good at memorizing things but in this exam u need to correlate things and to do that u need to get ur basics and concept right
3. Dont get disheartned . that a major issue with me . i would study for 10 days or whtver and take a test , do horrible , get depressed and take a week off ..
4.all these posts on forums r helpful and nice and r thr to help and some r good, but at the end of the day , they r just opinions , u need to decide for urself and not get discouraged by what ppl say and stuff .
5. CONFIDENCE !1!! ..this was one of the biggest key i think in why i got 218 not 200 or whtever ...confidence .. 2 weeks before the exam i stoped lookin at forums cuz it would discourage me and started tryin to convince myself that i know it .. cuz i did . i'd read t a million times .. i knew the topic . it was just a matter of correlatin it .. u should walk into the exam thinkin that u've done and prepared all u can and u know it ..IT IS KEY !!
6. i've read alot alot of posts of ppls nbme/uswa score and their actual score ..as u can see my nbme predicted i would get between 200-205 and my uswa predicted 209 both times (which apparently normally overpedicts ) .. these nbme and uswa should be useed as a learning and practise tool .dont think of it as ur acctual actual and get depressed . it gives u a ball park estimate to show if ur goin in the right track ..
7. DONT STOP READING ..ths was also a major prob with me . i would read for 10 days and take days back . this sets u back alot alot !! u end up starting from the same position the enxt time if u want take max max an evnin or day off and start again .. but from 2 months before the exam u need to give t all and keep readin .. this exam is completly possible but u neeed to need put in the effort and read and read and read ...

this was my experience and advice ..hope this helps someone like some posts on this forum have helped me.....

awesome congradts,
hey man, jsut wondering during the last few days, did u seem to forget some easy/basic things while reviewing FA? cuz thsi is happening to me now, and i am redoing my uwrold wrong questions and still missing some concepts..
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awesome congradts,
hey man, jsut wondering during the last few days, did u seem to forget some easy/basic things while reviewing FA? cuz thsi is happening to me now, and i am redoing my uwrold wrong questions and still missing some concepts..
hey thanks bro ...during the last few days and even the day before i did forget some easy/basic things ..but thts cuz of nervousness and stress . when u go into the exam u'll remember alot alot of things . the randomest of things u've studied will come to ur mind and help u answer questions ...dont worry about forgetting a few pts when ur readin atm .jjust keep at it and readin ..

As for missing the concepts , that i cant really say exactly becuz i dont know whr u r at the moment in ur studies and how much u've done .. if ur missin concepts scuz u didnt remember it (like u read the explanation and go like " oohhhhh yeh yeh i knew tht .damn i forgot it " ) then its matter of memorizin and rememeberin it so dont worry....if ur missin the concept cuz u didnt know the q at all or the concept . then read the explanation , understand it .. if thr r many q's to which the latter is happenin then maybe try and goin back to the kplan book and goin thru it again readin and geetin the concepts right it .. otherwise keep readin and doin wht ur doin now ...

keep at it !!gluk !!!
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appretiate ur reply man! ur reply meant a lot to me, so what exactly to do in the last two days lol should i still do some questions? like 1 or 2 blk of wrong questions a day? and i know that stick with to FA the last two days for sure!
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appretiate ur reply man! ur reply meant a lot to me, so what exactly to do in the last two days lol should i still do some questions? like 1 or 2 blk of wrong questions a day? and i know that stick with to FA the last two days for sure!

no worries at all bro .. everyone asks someone for help with this exam .. the last 4 days i just read fa and didnt do questions cuz i had done questions uptil tht point ...again i dont really knwo how much and wht all u've done till now or qwhr u stand (nbme scores uswa scores etc ) so cant really give u proper suggestion cuz it differs from person to person . i personally didnt wanna do questions last few days cuz frstly i had alot to cover in fa and secondly i didnt wanna stress myself incase i didnt do well in the blocks and moreoever i already knew alot of the q's in uworld so it wouldnt be effective and all the explanations i had added onto fa before...but some ppl would maybe do a 1 blok or so just to pump up their confidence...
on a general basis i would say last 2 days just read fa...cuz u have alot to revise and cover

" and i know that stick with to FA the last two days for sure! " didnt understand wht u said thr
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lol just saying i will use fa for review the last two days that's it, it is a lot maybe possibly revise some notes that i wrote down thanks man i guess its the stress and i totally feel u that u dont wanna stress out doing questions and possibly worrying not scoring well! just one last thing, neuroanatomy or anatomy huge for ur exam? i didnt do well on the neuroanatomy cross sections related questions. Again, really thanks for ur answering!
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no worries at all bro .. everyone asks someone for help with this exam .. the last 4 days i just read fa and didnt do questions cuz i had done questions uptil tht point ...again i dont really knwo how much and wht all u've done till now or qwhr u stand (nbme scores uswa scores etc ) so cant really give u proper suggestion cuz it differs from person to person . i personally didnt wanna do questions last few days cuz frstly i had alot to cover in fa and secondly i didnt wanna stress myself incase i didnt do well in the blocks and moreoever i already knew alot of the q's in uworld so it wouldnt be effective and all the explanations i had added onto fa before...but some ppl would maybe do a 1 blok or so just to pump up their confidence...
on a general basis i would say last 2 days just read fa...cuz u have alot to revise and cover

" and i know that stick with to FA the last two days for sure! " didnt understand wht u said thr
congrats for the score! can you please tell what are the "free 150 q's"?
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lol just saying i will use fa for review the last two days that's it, it is a lot maybe possibly revise some notes that i wrote down thanks man i guess its the stress and i totally feel u that u dont wanna stress out doing questions and possibly worrying not scoring well! just one last thing, neuroanatomy or anatomy huge for ur exam? i didnt do well on the neuroanatomy cross sections related questions. Again, really thanks for ur answering!
my exam the questions were varied .. ther was anat/neuroanat questions too ..not many neuroanat diagram related q prolly just a couple neuroanat diagram related questions involvin hrges. ... but then again the exam q's varies from person to person ... on the score report it showed that i scored the least on on gross anat&embryo and git
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congrats for the score! can you please tell what are the "free 150 q's"?
on the usmle website . ther r these 3 bloks u can download and do ... those q's r the type they ask in the exam and sometimes some of the q's r repeated from t...like for me atleast 4 q's were repeated i think . word for word .. its relatively slightly easier than the actual exam so its a good confidence boost too
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my exam the questions were varied .. ther was anat/neuroanat questions too ..not many neuroanat diagram related q prolly just a couple neuroanat diagram related questions involvin hrges. ... but then again the exam q's varies from person to person ... on the score report it showed that i scored the least on on gross anat&embryo and git

lol i see, true that, all wells, i will try to do a better review on it and pray for not getting those question haha
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lol i see, true that, all wells, i will try to do a better review on it and pray for not getting those question haha
lol yeh ..dont worry .. keep at it .. dont worry bout things u might not know or something and freak out learnin somethign new last min ... u've read t a million times .. u know the info...keep tellin ur self that . stay confident...gluk bro ...keep at it !!!
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on the usmle website . ther r these 3 bloks u can download and do ... those q's r the type they ask in the exam and sometimes some of the q's r repeated from t...like for me atleast 4 q's were repeated i think . word for word .. its relatively slightly easier than the actual exam so its a good confidence boost too
are these Free 150q ?
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are these Free 150q ?

yes it is.
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VERY HONEST REVIEW.

Thanks Dr. Adi.


One thing i got from this: CONFIDENCE.
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Hey Dr. Adi,
Thanks for a great exam experience. For a moment I thought you were writing the story of my life . Have a question, I've done Kaplan pretty much the same way you did. It's going to be close to 2 yrs. I don't remember jack from it, and I've been doing UW random/tutor. But it seems things are just not falling into place. Seems like I'm just jotting down a bunch of random facts. Do you suggest going back to Kaplan for a second read? Should I just do FA/UW (maybe subjectwise) or go back to Kaplan. For perspective's sake, my basics were not the strongest and I did struggle with basic sciences but that's got more to do with my procrastination habit . Thanks in advance for your help.
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Thanks for a great exam experience. For a moment I thought you were writing the story of my life . Have a question, I've done Kaplan pretty much the same way you did. It's going to be close to 2 yrs. I don't remember jack from it, and I've been doing UW random/tutor. But it seems things are just not falling into place. Seems like I'm just jotting down a bunch of random facts. Do you suggest going back to Kaplan for a second read? Should I just do FA/UW (maybe subjectwise) or go back to Kaplan. For perspective's sake, my basics were not the strongest and I did struggle with basic sciences but that's got more to do with my procrastination habit . Thanks in advance for your help.
hey ...no probs !!!
yeh i felt that way too initially ...my basics were a bit weak as well becuz of the gap in kaplan ..
it depends actually on some thingss ...if u havent done fa yet then i suggest do fa a couple times . it'll start clikin .. wht helped me initially with fa was the dit videos i did .. cuz firstly it helped me finih fa in 15 days rather thn prolonging it and secondly the dit videos explain some stuff from fa . so u dont feel like ur just reafdin points from fa but rather like ur readin a book .......if u've done fa a bnch of times and still feel like ur not getting basics . then see which area u feel u dont know ur basics at . anat/physio/patho etc and maybe look at kaplan book.. if u've just beeen doin q's and nothin else then yes it will feel like ur just jotting down points cuz u need to study from a book as well ....so it depends on a bunch of things .. pm me ur details on wht u;ve done ,how many times have u done fa ??? how mucuh r u gettin on uworld ....have u taken any nbmes yet ? etc if u want .. glad to help ..
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thanx for posting ur experience dr.adi...
my story similar too with all the depressions n stuff..
i have 1 month to go to exam...
done uworld with 68% on random,timed...
took nbme 7 yesterday, got 230...
i am pretty disheartened by the score as my goal is 240+...
can u plz help me how to take it forward from here..
i really appreciate any advice...
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thanx for posting ur experience dr.adi...
my story similar too with all the depressions n stuff..
i have 1 month to go to exam...
done uworld with 68% on random,timed...
took nbme 7 yesterday, got 230...
i am pretty disheartened by the score as my goal is 240+...
can u plz help me how to take it forward from here..
i really appreciate any advice...
dont be disheartned .. 230 one month before is still good . rememebr u have one month left ...ur score WILL improve ...my last month and a half i kept readin fa and doin uworld and did a prac test nbme/uwsa . every 9/10 days ...
1. start buidling up stamina for the exam by takin 2-3 bloks a day
2. finish whole readins once or twice (upto u ) and take another nbme in 10 or so days
3.DONT BE DISHEARTNED. remmeber these nbmes are : A. a practise tool B. to show ur on the right path .... even tho ppl say their a actual predictor of ur score . its not accurate accurate .for u now ,what u should take away from 230 is that ur on the very right path , that ur at a point whr ur confident u'll be able to get past 225-230 and that u have one month to improve ur score ...
4. ur score willl bump in one month 10-20points even if it doesnt show on ur nbem ...
5. start bein confident in urself..

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Hi, I cant help but point if one should really be streamlining their focus and understanding how important good Step 1 scores are , and moreover to understanding what Good scores really are in the first place. I mean, i have huge doubts about the thought that being an IMG and being satisfied with mere passing the Step 1 exam does the job.
I want to raise a few question here concerning what really are good Step 1 scores and how they affect one's residency application. What i think is that MOST IMGs without spending a single day in STEP 1 prep can PASS the test pretty easily, but is that what all the fuss about the preperation is about. Why there are thousands of posts all over the internet. Is that just for letting people know how to PASS or is it to help people what one can call a good score for the competitive residency programs. Now I am not setting a mark for what a good score is , I think that should be based on actual data from what scores qualify for a GOOD enough score.
If people are really thinking they need to merely PASS the USMLE, in my opinion they need'nt be on the internet being all worried as passing hardly takes a couple of days and thats it.
But talking about gettin GOOD scores is a whole different issue and need to be understood, therefore i would like to encourage everyone to put forward their points in repect to that.
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Hi, I cant help but point if one should really be streamlining their focus and understanding how important good Step 1 scores are , and moreover to understanding what Good scores really are in the first place. I mean, i have huge doubts about the thought that being an IMG and being satisfied with mere passing the Step 1 exam does the job.
I want to raise a few question here concerning what really are good Step 1 scores and how they affect one's residency application. What i think is that MOST IMGs without spending a single day in STEP 1 prep can PASS the test pretty easily, but is that what all the fuss about the preperation is about. Why there are thousands of posts all over the internet. Is that just for letting people know how to PASS or is it to help people what one can call a good score for the competitive residency programs. Now I am not setting a mark for what a good score is , I think that should be based on actual data from what scores qualify for a GOOD enough score.
If people are really thinking they need to merely PASS the USMLE, in my opinion they need'nt be on the internet being all worried as passing hardly takes a couple of days and thats it.
But talking about gettin GOOD scores is a whole different issue and need to be understood, therefore i would like to encourage everyone to put forward their points in repect to that.
Thanks for ur opinion ..i've written my experience and advice so that it may help someone whose in their process of studyin and giving the exam and gettin the best possible score they can achieve ..

1.i am sure evryone does understand that step 1 scores r really imp in gettin residency but at them same time . they rnt the only factors that weigh in ..but am sure quite alot ,if not all the ppl on these forums are not lookin to "just pass" the exam like u said.. their lookin to do the best they possibly can or the best its possible to do , so maybe try and read more posts .
2. in terms of wht a good score actually is ,its a relative opinion .. becuz at the end of the day ppl wid 240's 250's havent gotten residency and ppl wid 200's have gotten in .. that being said a "good score" is always a def def plus factor in ur application and so ppl try to get as much as they can ..
3. as for studyin for a day just to pass the exam is ur opinion and it might be possible for u but personally and am quite sure other ppl given the exam already and those studyin for it ,will agree that this exam is no joke and the studyin, hours and hardwork that is put into it, even to get a score tht u might consider a "low score or just pass " is no joke.. so that might be disrespectful to some ppl , but then again its ur opinion and ur entitled to it .

I;ve wrriten my experience and advice in thread so that it may help someone or for ppl who r studyin for the exam who r in the same situation or ny other situation who have questions or doubts or queries can ask ..thanks for ur opinion and input .hope this helped ur query .if not , maybe this isnt the right thread for u and try another one ..
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Hi, I cant help but point if one should really be streamlining their focus and understanding how important good Step 1 scores are , and moreover to understanding what Good scores really are in the first place. I mean, i have huge doubts about the thought that being an IMG and being satisfied with mere passing the Step 1 exam does the job.
I want to raise a few question here concerning what really are good Step 1 scores and how they affect one's residency application. What i think is that MOST IMGs without spending a single day in STEP 1 prep can PASS the test pretty easily, but is that what all the fuss about the preperation is about. Why there are thousands of posts all over the internet. Is that just for letting people know how to PASS or is it to help people what one can call a good score for the competitive residency programs. Now I am not setting a mark for what a good score is , I think that should be based on actual data from what scores qualify for a GOOD enough score.
If people are really thinking they need to merely PASS the USMLE, in my opinion they need'nt be on the internet being all worried as passing hardly takes a couple of days and thats it.
But talking about gettin GOOD scores is a whole different issue and need to be understood, therefore i would like to encourage everyone to put forward their points in repect to that.


WHO ARE YOU?? Trust me most people in these forums have a good idea of a target score or competitive score, but there is a difference between your wish and reality. But for you to come on here and trivialize the USMLE like its some sort of joke of an exam and state it takes a couple of days just to pass. WOW. Have you even taken your Step 1 yet? if so you must be a genius.There are folks who have been to this forum seeking advice on how to get high scores on this exam, or some, how to simply pass, there are others who have several attempts at this exam also. And trust me most of these folks are hard working individuals. But it is absolutely disrespectful to those with lower scores or barely passing scores for you to make such an ignorant comment. If STEP 1 was so easy everyone will be passing. People don't fail the exam because they are dumb, they fail because they either lack the background foundation from their medical schools, didn't quite get the concepts and approach to the exam or didn't put in work.

Everyone does not have the same brain capacity. That is what separates the guy who make a 270+ and a they guy who makes a 200, but they both still make fine doctors. I agree good scores are important for residency, but this idea of "every IMG has to achieve a 240+ or else they are doomed" are ignorant comments. When all you have on your CV is simply a good score and nothing else....you won't make it. I have met so many intelligent medical students those who have the ability to score 270+ and yet have no passion/heart or drive for medicine, and they go everywhere bragging because they feel their high scores make them Gods. And i have met students with 200s on their step 1 and these folks seem likely the brightest hard working and driven individuals. Dont get me wrong, i am not saying high achieving people are bad and poor achieving individuals are better. I am just tired of people demeaning others with below 220 scores on Step 1 and assimilating that to poor future chance/success at residency.

By all means i want to aim for a 250+ but if i burst my butt off for a year only to make 230 or even pass and you come here and state that that can be achieved in a few days?!!!???.
ANYWAYS Dr. Adi said it all. If i go on further i might step on some toes.
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WHO ARE YOU?? Trust me most people in these forums have a good idea of a target score or competitive score, but there is a difference between your wish and reality. But for you to come on here and trivialize the USMLE like its some sort of joke of an exam and state it takes a couple of days just to pass. WOW. Have you even taken your Step 1 yet? if so you must be a genius.There are folks who have been to this forum seeking advice on how to get high scores on this exam, or some, how to simply pass, there are others who have several attempts at this exam also. And trust me most of these folks are hard working individuals. But it is absolutely disrespectful to those with lower scores or barely passing scores for you to make such an ignorant comment. If STEP 1 was so easy everyone will be passing. People don't fail the exam because they are dumb, they fail because they either lack the background foundation from their medical schools, didn't quite get the concepts and approach to the exam or didn't put in work.

Everyone does not have the same brain capacity. That is what separates the guy who make a 270+ and a they guy who makes a 200, but they both still make fine doctors. I agree good scores are important for residency, but this idea of "every IMG has to achieve a 240+ or else they are doomed" are ignorant comments. When all you have on your CV is simply a good score and nothing else....you won't make it. I have met so many intelligent medical students those who have the ability to score 270+ and yet have no passion/heart or drive for medicine, and they go everywhere bragging because they feel their high scores make them Gods. And i have met students with 200s on their step 1 and these folks seem likely the brightest hard working and driven individuals. Dont get me wrong, i am not saying high achieving people are bad and poor achieving individuals are better. I am just tired of people demeaning others with below 220 scores on Step 1 and assimilating that to poor future chance/success at residency.

By all means i want to aim for a 250+ but if i burst my butt off for a year only to make 230 or even pass and you come here and state that that can be achieved in a few days?!!!???.
ANYWAYS Dr. Adi said it all. If i go on further i might step on some toes.


I appreciate the reply, although u seem to have totally misunderstood the point i was raising. I was not at all pointing to any score as a low or a high one , instead suggesting , people talk about what good scores are . I dont think its a very good idea to be preparing for the test without having a set goal one should be aiming for TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE REALITY AROUND. We are not talking about simply taking a test here, but actually securing a position in the programs and it isnt a bad idea to be curious about what the trends are . Its not sensible to be having a mindset of getting done with the test, but to actually get to the mark that allows people to be successful in the ultimate goal.
Regarding ur comment about having good scores isnt the sole criteria, i agree but onlly to the point where it can be argued in hindsight. For test takers who havent taken the test yet, i find that to be setting the bars too low in face of what reality is and not having an appropriate goal one should be aiming for for a start.
Most of the people around dont have any additional stuff to strengthen their applications but the STEP 1 score which means it isnt a bad idea to start with a clear mindset and idea of what one ought to be aiming for and working for that. And then u have people going around being curious and inquisitive about literally all sort of scores which only shows a lack of understanding of what the target should be. So I suggest everyone gather data and help each other setting a range which they can be confident about atleast on their behalf. All luck aside. All the luck talk should be put aside and left to luck itself as u dnt have a say on that. What u do have a say on is whats in ur hand and that is a good score.
I hope I got the point through.
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Thanks for ur input .but i put up this thread to help or give advice and my opinions to ppl studying for the exam and u're deviating from that point . If u want to talk bout the the good scores and everythign ,kindly do it in another thread .. thanks and gluk on ur exams !
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