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excellent score mate i have around 2 3 months left in my exam(haven't taken a date yet) i have time on my hand as i am done with uworld which qbank would you suggest kaplan or rx in the mean time and wont the qbank take too much of my time as i'd have to read all the explanations again like uworld?
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Did you take an NBME yet to see where you stand?
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if you are asking me no not yet planning to take one after my second read of fa
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if you are asking me no not yet planning to take one after my second read of fa
What was ur uworld average?
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did it offline my picking power is good when i read something in hard copy will do it online once or maybe twice if time permits in the last month before my date
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excellent score mate i have around 2 3 mohad ts left in my exam(haven't taken a date yet) i have time on my hand as i am done with uworconceptich qbank would you suggest kaplan or rx in through the exply mean time and wont the qbank take too much of my time as i'd have to read all the easwell nations ado in like uworld?
Hello doctor drake. Thanks alot for the compliment. i thinl if you had to do another qbank id go with usmle rx over kaplan qbook as rx has a much wider range of concepts that have been covered . My suggestion would be that you use this for practicing questions only and skim through the explainations since most of the same explainations you would have gone through in uworld aswell.
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Hello people...i am an img graduated in december 2012..below I'm going to briefly mention my step 1 journey..hope it helps.

I started in feb 2013...first 2 months I went over Kaplan lecture notes and videos except for patho for which I did pathoma...I made sure I understood each and everything in the video lectures...although I kept forgetting stuff I was quick to realize that the exam was mostly about concepts so I moved on...next 2 months I read Kaplan notes and pathoma without the videos..to further enhance my concepts I did usmle Rx subject wise after each subject I read...

I then gave first aid a read in 14 days. Next 10 days till the end of June I did Kaplan q bank. I basically ran through it and managed to get around 40-50% of it done...

in July I started uworld and managed to get it done in 22 days (78% aggregate) and made annotations off it on my fa... After uworld I gave nbme 11 and scored 252...gave another read of fa in 12 days and read genetics from Kaplan and saw neuro videos again after which I gave nbme 12 and scored 252...I went through some of my uworld again in next 8 days after which I gave nbme 7 and got 257 and uwsa 1 and got 263 both on the same day...gave a 3rd read of fa in 6 days and gave nbme 13 ( 257) and uwsa2 ( more than 265) after that on the same day. Next day I gave nbme 15 and scored 257 again ( lol I know I was super consistent in my nbmes)...last 3 days I just went over fa high yield topics or concepts that i thought needed reinforcement...the day before my exam I just relaxed mostly, watched some football, went out with a friend to get some snacks...I tried to sleep early but i couldnt sleep properly due to the expected anxiety . Had a 6 7 hour sleep in pieces.

Exam was trickier than most nbmes but doable. I marked any question I had a doubt on so I ended up marking 20 to 25 a block....I thought genetics and behavioral sciences had more wtf type questions but genetics was solvable if one had done their kaplans right...the rest all subjects were fair game...

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Nbme 11 ( 5 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 12 ( 3 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 7 ( 2 weeks out): 257 and uwsa1: 263
Nbme 13 ( 1 week out): 257 and uwsa2: >265
Nbme 15: (6 days out): 257
Usmle step 1: 267

I know I leveled up from my nbmes but I owe it mostly to the fact that in the exam I was much more focused and perhaps the pressure got the best out of me....
my advice to anyone looking ahead to tame this beast would be to simply make concepts from whatever tools you decide to use for your prep. I think kaplan video lectures do that job in the best possible manner and then you have fa which gives you all you need to know for the exam but without the concepts , so I would recommend doing lectures. I know some would argue that uworld does a fine job in making you understand conceptual stuff but the problem is that while the kaplans give u everything in sequence the qbanks albeit awesome study tools don't give u things in a proper sequence which leaves u a bit confused at the end of the day since the exam content is so vast...just my opinion. However doing as many questions as possible is also key since they help reinforce stuff over and over again and in different scenarios. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I tried not to write a whole notebook,lol, so if anyone has any specific questions regarding the prep material or anything I would be glad to help out to my best ability...many people will tell you many different ways to go by your prep but as doctors its a part of our training to use our own judgment as to what's best at the end of the day.

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Am currently going over my 1st read of KLN- subject wise and also annotating into FA. I am just concerned that I might be annotating so much and was wondering your advice on how best to go about this? Is annotating recommended at this stage or during Qbank stage?
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Hello,

Am currently going over my 1st read of KLN- subject wise and also annotating into FA. I am just concerned that I might be annotating so much and was wondering your advice on how best to go about this? Is annotating recommended at this stage or during Qbank stage?
Hello , this is a great question. I would highly recommend that you do most of the annotations from your qbank(notably uworld) onto your FA for 2 main reasons.

1. if you annotate your kaplans on your fa, ul run out to space to annotate ur uworld later on, this will frustrate you later on.
2. Although FA has alot of information pertaining to the exam, but if your to add more info on it, il rather do that from uworld than kaplan, since the extra info on uworld is tested far more than the one on kaplan.

I would say use kaplan only to make your initial concepts, so that using FA and uworld becomes easier and you can take the most out these 2..

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congratulations on your achievement...I wish good luck to the rest o people taking the exam...i think it is a marathon...it does not test your knowledge but your atience to arrive at the exam date, at least for IMGs....this is how i see it at least...
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Hello.
I congratulate you for your excellent result. I wish you the best in your other exams. I have read your post again and again, because it gives me motivation. I have a question, could I use kaplan Qbank as teaching tool?. I mean, take this Qbank to understand the basics. Thanks for your time. Good luck
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congratulations on your achievement...I wish good luck to the rest o people taking the exam...i think it is a marathon...it does not test your knowledge but your atience to arrive at the exam date, at least for IMGs....this is how i see it at least...
Thank you USMLERUN, i agree with your observation!
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I congratulate you for your excellent result. I wish you the best in your other exams. I have read your post again and again, because it gives me motivation. I have a question, could I use kaplan Qbank as teaching tool?. I mean, take this Qbank to understand the basics. Thanks for your time. Good luck
Well, thank you for your kind words leydis, im glad to help...You can use Kaplan qbank if you feel the need to do more questions, i would help your sharpen up your concepts, but dont forget the the best qbank is uworld, so i wouldnt substitute it rather supplement it along with my uworld.
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hi
thanks for your answer. I will use the UW, two or three months before my exam. but my question is, if I can replace kaplan lecture note by kaplan Qbank, and also learn the basics doing questions. May i do that? Or you recommend read kaplan lecture note. thanks for your time
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Well, thank you for your kind words leydis, im glad to help...You can use Kaplan qbank if you feel the need to do more questions, i would help your sharpen up your concepts, but dont forget the the best qbank is uworld, so i wouldnt substitute it rather supplement it along with my uworld.
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may i say barcaboy, you have been one of the most helpers after you have posted your experience and announced your test resuts, thanks for that, as leydis says i have also found lots of answers to my questions on your thread, thanks for this

i want to ask you how was your time arrangement during the test?
i always do the 30 questions at minute 30 and it gives me like 15 minutes for checking my marked questions.. what method did you follow?
did you find yourself having time at the end of each block to check your marked ones?
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thanks for your answer. I will use the UW, two or three months before my exam. but my question is, if I can replace kaplan lecture note by kaplan Qbank, and also learn the basics doing questions. May i do that? Or you recommend read kaplan lecture note. thanks for your time
I would say donot replace the kaplan lectures with the qbank, rather try to supplement it if time permits, you should definitely go through the lectures once to get major concepts in a proper sequence, once you have those you can use qbanks to further enhance on those concepts.
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may i say barcaboy, you have been one of the most helpers after you have posted your experience and announced your test resuts, thanks for that, as leydis says i have also found lots of answers to my questions on your thread, thanks for this

i want to ask you how was your time arrangement during the test?
i always do the 30 questions at minute 30 and it gives me like 15 minutes for checking my marked questions.. what method did you follow?
did you find yourself having time at the end of each block to check your marked ones?
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hellow drpisho...thank you very much, im just glad to help...so in the actual step 1 you have 60 minutes to do 46 questions. i would do the questions as fast as possible but would mark any question i had even a slight second thought on.i would finish with about 11 to 15 minutes on the clock, during which i would go over my market questions.i think this varies from person to person but generally the way your uworld timing goes, its going to be pretty much the same for the actual exam..
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hellow drpisho...thank you very much, im just glad to help...so in the actual step 1 you have 60 minutes to do 46 questions. i would do the questions as fast as possible but would mark any question i had even a slight second thought on.i would finish with about 11 to 15 minutes on the clock, during which i would go over my market questions.i think this varies from person to person but generally the way your uworld timing goes, its going to be pretty much the same for the actual exam..
thanks for the prompt reply, one last question.
how did you master the heart sounds?
its always so confusing with those mechanical computer generated sounds of uworld, i hate theeeeeem.
did they show up in your test? was the vignette enough for answering? thanks
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thanks for the prompt reply, one last question.
how did you master the heart sounds?
its always so confusing with those mechanical computer generated sounds of uworld, i hate theeeeeem.
did they show up in your test? was the vignette enough for answering? thanks
I could do those on actual patients but yea i had the same difficulty with the computer.one thing that i tried was that i used to look at the neck if there was any obvious pulsation to time the systole with. also i think the case itself would have enough clues to solve it..
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I have finished my first read of kaplan lec notes along with videos and pathoma.
Going to start next read now.
How do you propse to start with it,
Should i do first aud first and then do kaplan sec read along with u world!!

Or do kaplan lec second read , firstaid and u world side by side.
Or if you suggest third option it will b highly appreciated.
My exam window is of may, june, july
And i plan to take exam , if everything goes timely , in july .
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I have finished my first read of kaplan lec notes along with videos and pathoma.
Going to start next read now.
How do you propse to start with it,
Should i do first aud first and then do kaplan sec read along with u world!!

Or do kaplan lec second read , firstaid and u world side by side.
Or if you suggest third option it will b highly appreciated.
My exam window is of may, june, july
And i plan to take exam , if everything goes timely , in july .
Hello, its going to be a little tricky sorting out the best plan here since i donot know what your reading speed is like. So say if you go through kaplans quickly, i would suggest just do kaplans one more time and roll over your fa along with it covering the same topics on both books everyday. then you can just work with FA and uworld for the rest of your time left...if you are a slow reader then i would say its going to be difficult for you to both go over a second read and be done by uworld till july, in that case i would rather integrate everything ....if you give me a little more detail as to what your target score, reading speed etc are like i would be able to guide you better. best!
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hello...congratulations on your score...i hope i score so high too...i need some advice or just your opinion on my study schedule...i am asking mostly because of anxiety, i think that everybody has gone through this process...i have finished kaplan(video+notes) first reading trying to understand each specific concept,I remembered the whole picture of every concept but not details after that. A month ago i started uworld, subject wise, i realised that i had studied in a completely different way. So, i started studying kaplan again along with detailed notes on the explanations. My scores are low 45%. Every time i start a new subject i would definitely have missed many points on first reading so i continue having 45%. I have completed 60% o the qbank (neurology,cardiology, dermatology, behavioral-those including alls separate subjects on each organ system). Should i spend some time reviewing all that i have read and continue studying afterwards?...
I feel really desperate...
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I could do those on actual patients but yea i had the same difficulty with the computer.one thing that i tried was that i used to look at the neck if there was any obvious pulsation to time the systole with. also i think the case itself would have enough clues to solve it..
thank u, i am good with physically detecting murmurs too, its tricky hearing them with computer generated sounds isnt it! haha i agree too it confuses me a lot.
i guess i should go with the vignette and try to memorize how each sounds its the only thing i can think of, if you have any other advices will be appreciated
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Thanks for a prompt reply.

Im not a slow reader , although it took ne sometime to go through kap lec notes and videos first time but i think i can do it faster second time .

Im interested in radiology and want to score high i.e 240 plus.
And i want the best plan , no matter if i have to extend the window , if you think its not doable in given time.
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hello...congratulations on your score...i hope i score so high too...i need some advice or just your opinion on my study schedule...i am asking mostly because of anxiety, i think that everybody has gone through this process...i have finished kaplan(video+notes) first reading trying to understand each specific concept,I remembered the whole picture of every concept but not details after that. A month ago i started uworld, subject wise, i realised that i had studied in a completely different way. So, i started studying kaplan again along with detailed notes on the explanations. My scores are low 45%. Every time i start a new subject i would definitely have missed many points on first reading so i continue having 45%. I have completed 60% o the qbank (neurology,cardiology, dermatology, behavioral-those including alls separate subjects on each organ system). Should i spend some time reviewing all that i have read and continue studying afterwards?...
I feel really desperate...
Hey, im not quite sure if i understood your question, but in anycase i would suggest that you finish with one course material whichever you have started before you move onto the next one if you are feeling confused about things being mixed up.. If you have any specific questions i would be glad to help out
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thank u, i am good with physically detecting murmurs too, its tricky hearing them with computer generated sounds isnt it! haha i agree too it confuseknowing the clinical sa lot.
i guess i should go with the vignette and try to memorize how each sounds its the only thing i can think of, if you have any other advices will be appreciated
I wouldn't say memorise these sounds from one particular practice material, infact id say listen to more of these from different tools so you can cover all fronts... Plus knowing the clinical scenario would be key i suppose
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Thanks for a prompt reply.

Im not a slow reader , although it took ne sometime to go through kap lec notes and videos first time but i think i can do it faster second time .

Im interested in radiology and want to score high i.e 240 plus.
And i want the best plan , no matter if i have to extend the window , if you think its not doable in given time.
My suggestion would be that if you have no problem doing an integrated study then what you can do is that go over kaplan and cover the same topic from fa as you go along so you can transfer your basic concepts onto fa, i wouldn't suggest making notes on it cos you want to leave space for uworld notes...try to do it as swiftly as possible and then start with uworld and along with that keep doing fa too... That way june july is possible and if you understand things well you can get a great score... If you can scramble more time during second read you can also use the fa qbook just to practice questions without going in too much detail, leaving those for uworld...
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Hey I just read your step one experience and you did excellent. Congratulations.

I am planning to give step 1 in nov 2015. Can you guide me as to how to proceed? I am simultaneously attending my med school as well.

Also I would like to know the subject wise importance. I beard feom my seniors that pathology and ethics covers the chunk of questions. Is that so? Do u habe any idea about the topic wise weightage?

And are the kaplan videos worth watching?
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Hey I just read your step one experience and you did excellent. Congratulations.

I am planning to give step 1 in nov 2015. Can you guide me as to how to proceed? I am simultaneously attending my med school as well.

Also I would like to know the subject wise importance. I beard feom my seniors that pathology and ethics covers the chunk of questions. Is that so? Do u habe any idea about the topic wise weightage?

And are the kaplan videos worth watching?
Edward i got your message in my inbox and replied there..
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i have started with second reaad of kaplan lec notes,, started with anatomy ....read is so boring,,,how can i pace it up...

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i have started with second reaad of kaplan lec notes,, started with anatomy ....read is so boring,,,how can i pace it up...

any tips!!
try doing some questions from a qbank subject wise as you move along, see if that keeps things interesting..

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Hello, congratulations again...

I have my step coming up in a month and I can't postpone it any further. I took NBME 2 days ago and I just passed, got 192 exactly. Would you please suggest any methods to maximise my score? I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
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imm doing second read system wise ,along with FA.
so which is a better option, FA q book, or kaplan q bank...

i have kaplan q bank subjectwise.(as in in form of books)
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If to be done online, does kap q bank offer system wise questions!!
i think online you can do it system wise, you can check on their webpage to be sure...also since you asked, i would recomment if you had to to choose between the 2 go for Fa qbook, but in the end it really matters how well you use whatever tool you choose..best!
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Hello, congratulations again...

I have my step coming up in a month and I can't postpone it any further. I took NBME 2 days ago and I just passed, got 192 exactly. Would you please suggest any methods to maximise my score? I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
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[QUOTE=barcaboy;217732]Hello people...i am an img graduated in december 2012..below I'm going to briefly mention my step 1 journey..hope it helps.

I started in feb 2013...first 2 months I went over Kaplan lecture notes and videos patho for which I did pathoma...I made sure I understood each and everything in the video lectures...although I kept forgetting stuff I was quick to realize that the exam was mostly about concepts so I moved on...next 2 months I read Kaplan notes and pathoma without the videos..to further enhance my concepts I did usmle Rx subject wise after each subject I read...

I then gave first aid a read in 14 days. Next 10 days till the end of June I did Kaplan q bank. I basically ran through it and managed to get around 40-50% of it done...

in July I started uworld and managed to get it done in 22 days (78% aggregate) and made annotations off it on my fa... After uworld I gave nbme 11 and scored 252...gave another read of fa in 12 days and read genetics from Kaplan and saw neuro videos again after which I gave nbme 12 and scored 252...I went through some of my uworld again in next 8 days after which I gave nbme 7 and got 257 and uwsa 1 and got 263 both on the same day...gave a 3rd read of fa in 6 days and gave nbme 13 ( 257) and uwsa2 ( more than 265) after that on the same day. Next day I gave nbme 15 and scored 257 again ( lol I know I was super consistent in my nbmes)...last 3 days I just went over fa high yield topics or concepts that i thought needed reinforcement...the day before my exam I just relaxed mostly, watched some football, went out with a friend to get some snacks...I tried to sleep early but i couldnt sleep properly due to the expected anxiety . Had a 6 7 hour sleep in pieces.

Exam was trickier than most nbmes but doable. I marked any question I had a doubt on so I ended up marking 20 to 25 a block....I thought genetics and behavioral sciences had more wtf type questions but genetics was solvable if one had done their kaplans right...the rest all subjects were fair game...

Timeline:

Nbme 11 ( 5 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 12 ( 3 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 7 ( 2 weeks out): 257 and uwsa1: 263
Nbme 13 ( 1 week out): 257 and uwsa2: >265
Nbme 15: (6 days out): 257
Usmle step 1: 267

I know I leveled up from my nbmes but I owe it mostly to the fact that in the exam I was much more focused and perhaps the pressure got the best out of me....
my advice to anyone looking ahead to tame this beast would be to simply make concepts from whatever tools you decide to use for your prep. I think kaplan video lectures do that job in the best possible manner and then you have fa which gives you all you need to know for the exam but without the concepts , so I would recommend doing lectures. I know some would argue that uworld does a fine job in making you understand conceptual stuff but the problem is that while the kaplans give u everything in sequence the qbanks albeit awesome study tools don't give u things in a proper sequence which leaves u a bit confused at the end of the day since the exam content is so vast...just my opinion. However doing as many questions as possible is also key since they help reinforce stuff over and over again and in different scenarios. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I tried not to write a whole notebook,lol, so if anyone has any specific questions regarding the prep material or anything I would be glad to help out to my best ability...many people will tell you many different ways to go by your prep but as doctors its a part of our training to use our own judgment as to what's best at the end of the day.

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Hi... Congrats on ur awesome scores. Did u not do any other books apart from kaplan first aid pathoma uworld.. Ppl keep mentioning BRS, dit, goljan, step up , high yield, etc.
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Congratulations on your score....thank you for sharing your experience with us...Best of luck..
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Hello people...i am an img graduated in december 2012..below I'm going to briefly mention my step 1 journey..hope it helps.

I started in feb 2013...first 2 months I went over Kaplan lecture notes and videos patho for which I did pathoma...I made sure I understood each and everything in the video lectures...although I kept forgetting stuff I was quick to realize that the exam was mostly about concepts so I moved on...next 2 months I read Kaplan notes and pathoma without the videos..to further enhance my concepts I did usmle Rx subject wise after each subject I read...

I then gave first aid a read in 14 days. Next 10 days till the end of June I did Kaplan q bank. I basically ran through it and managed to get around 40-50% of it done...

in July I started uworld and managed to get it done in 22 days (78% aggregate) and made annotations off it on my fa... After uworld I gave nbme 11 and scored 252...gave another read of fa in 12 days and read genetics from Kaplan and saw neuro videos again after which I gave nbme 12 and scored 252...I went through some of my uworld again in next 8 days after which I gave nbme 7 and got 257 and uwsa 1 and got 263 both on the same day...gave a 3rd read of fa in 6 days and gave nbme 13 ( 257) and uwsa2 ( more than 265) after that on the same day. Next day I gave nbme 15 and scored 257 again ( lol I know I was super consistent in my nbmes)...last 3 days I just went over fa high yield topics or concepts that i thought needed reinforcement...the day before my exam I just relaxed mostly, watched some football, went out with a friend to get some snacks...I tried to sleep early but i couldnt sleep properly due to the expected anxiety . Had a 6 7 hour sleep in pieces.

Exam was trickier than most nbmes but doable. I marked any question I had a doubt on so I ended up marking 20 to 25 a block....I thought genetics and behavioral sciences had more wtf type questions but genetics was solvable if one had done their kaplans right...the rest all subjects were fair game...

Timeline:

Nbme 11 ( 5 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 12 ( 3 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 7 ( 2 weeks out): 257 and uwsa1: 263
Nbme 13 ( 1 week out): 257 and uwsa2: >265
Nbme 15: (6 days out): 257
Usmle step 1: 267

I know I leveled up from my nbmes but I owe it mostly to the fact that in the exam I was much more focused and perhaps the pressure got the best out of me....
my advice to anyone looking ahead to tame this beast would be to simply make concepts from whatever tools you decide to use for your prep. I think kaplan video lectures do that job in the best possible manner and then you have fa which gives you all you need to know for the exam but without the concepts , so I would recommend doing lectures. I know some would argue that uworld does a fine job in making you understand conceptual stuff but the problem is that while the kaplans give u everything in sequence the qbanks albeit awesome study tools don't give u things in a proper sequence which leaves u a bit confused at the end of the day since the exam content is so vast...just my opinion. However doing as many questions as possible is also key since they help reinforce stuff over and over again and in different scenarios. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I tried not to write a whole notebook,lol, so if anyone has any specific questions regarding the prep material or anything I would be glad to help out to my best ability...many people will tell you many different ways to go by your prep but as doctors its a part of our training to use our own judgment as to what's best at the end of the day.

-limits begin where the vision ends-[/QUOTE
Hi... Congrats on ur awesome scores. Did u not do any other books apart from kaplan first aid pathoma uworld.. Ppl keep mentioning BRS, dit, goljan, step up , high yield, etc.
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Hello people...i am an img graduated in december 2012..below I'm going to briefly mention my step 1 journey..hope it helps.

I started in feb 2013...first 2 months I went over Kaplan lecture notes and videos patho for which I did pathoma...I made sure I understood each and everything in the video lectures...although I kept forgetting stuff I was quick to realize that the exam was mostly about concepts so I moved on...next 2 months I read Kaplan notes and pathoma without the videos..to further enhance my concepts I did usmle Rx subject wise after each subject I read...

I then gave first aid a read in 14 days. Next 10 days till the end of June I did Kaplan q bank. I basically ran through it and managed to get around 40-50% of it done...

in July I started uworld and managed to get it done in 22 days (78% aggregate) and made annotations off it on my fa... After uworld I gave nbme 11 and scored 252...gave another read of fa in 12 days and read genetics from Kaplan and saw neuro videos again after which I gave nbme 12 and scored 252...I went through some of my uworld again in next 8 days after which I gave nbme 7 and got 257 and uwsa 1 and got 263 both on the same day...gave a 3rd read of fa in 6 days and gave nbme 13 ( 257) and uwsa2 ( more than 265) after that on the same day. Next day I gave nbme 15 and scored 257 again ( lol I know I was super consistent in my nbmes)...last 3 days I just went over fa high yield topics or concepts that i thought needed reinforcement...the day before my exam I just relaxed mostly, watched some football, went out with a friend to get some snacks...I tried to sleep early but i couldnt sleep properly due to the expected anxiety . Had a 6 7 hour sleep in pieces.

Exam was trickier than most nbmes but doable. I marked any question I had a doubt on so I ended up marking 20 to 25 a block....I thought genetics and behavioral sciences had more wtf type questions but genetics was solvable if one had done their kaplans right...the rest all subjects were fair game...

Timeline:

Nbme 11 ( 5 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 12 ( 3 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 7 ( 2 weeks out): 257 and uwsa1: 263
Nbme 13 ( 1 week out): 257 and uwsa2: >265
Nbme 15: (6 days out): 257
Usmle step 1: 267

I know I leveled up from my nbmes but I owe it mostly to the fact that in the exam I was much more focused and perhaps the pressure got the best out of me....
my advice to anyone looking ahead to tame this beast would be to simply make concepts from whatever tools you decide to use for your prep. I think kaplan video lectures do that job in the best possible manner and then you have fa which gives you all you need to know for the exam but without the concepts , so I would recommend doing lectures. I know some would argue that uworld does a fine job in making you understand conceptual stuff but the problem is that while the kaplans give u everything in sequence the qbanks albeit awesome study tools don't give u things in a proper sequence which leaves u a bit confused at the end of the day since the exam content is so vast...just my opinion. However doing as many questions as possible is also key since they help reinforce stuff over and over again and in different scenarios. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I tried not to write a whole notebook,lol, so if anyone has any specific questions regarding the prep material or anything I would be glad to help out to my best ability...many people will tell you many different ways to go by your prep but as doctors its a part of our training to use our own judgment as to what's best at the end of the day.

-limits begin where the vision ends-[/QUOTE
Hi... Congrats on ur awesome scores. Did u not do any other books apart from kaplan first aid pathoma uworld.. Ppl keep mentioning BRS, dit, goljan, step up , high yield, etc.
Thank you, i personally did not review any of those books, some people do these and ive heard they can be helpful specially for subjects that you dont have a good grip on after doing kaplans

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Hey guys, i recently started doing skype sessions with some friends on this forum...We discuss anything related to the step 1 exam and i try my best to help out with anything related to exam format, content, concepts, MCQs and NBMEs...Initially i did not advertise since i was not sure if these would go successful, but from recent feedback i think everyone is gaining vital information from my experience. I dont really do it for the money but there is definitely a small stipend involved since i get many people who are not really interested and that wastes everyones time, but i do offer first timers to not pay me if they think the session was not useful for them. These are usually one on one sessions and last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on how the discussion goes. If anyone is interested please pm me or email at usmlestep1267@gmail.com for further details...best of luck to all!
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Hi

Congratulation on your recent achievement.

I am preparing for my USMLE step 1 at the moment and I am using First Aid for the preparation.

I have observed that the First Aid does not have the answers to many of the questions seen in the UWORLD. Even some of the books such as the BRS collections or the High Yield collections do not seem to possess the answers. It is only the self-explanatory section of the UWORLD contains the answers.

Could you kindly recommend any book/books that could be used for the preparation of this exam that would fulfil all criteria/topics and would enable to answer all the questions in the UWORLD.

Looking forward to your kind reply.

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I think there is no such book that could enable you to answer every singly q on UWorld. There is no one single book like that even for step 1 for that matter of fact. The only way to study this is when you come across such q's in UWorld (remember UWorld us first and foremost a learning tool). So when you review Uworkd the 2nd time, make dire you've Kearny the concept the first time around.
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Thanks very much for the information.It is really very helpful indeed.

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My bet would be on giving a quick read first then doing the videos. that way u get an initial basic understanding while reading, and the while watching the videos which are ofcourse a better tool over all you get the chance to master the stuff..
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