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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...

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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Congrats!! i see something here that ive been noticing is that uwsa are actually getting more accurate whit the real score, they have probably read are post about the overestimation.

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congrats for that awsumm score my exam is in 15 days..so most of the concept building time is over for me..uwrld cumulative is around 80% n uwsa 260..get a lot of behavioural science questions wrong..culd u suggest me sumthing for these last days will be really thankful..
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Congrats!! i see something here that ive been noticing is that uwsa are actually getting more accurate whit the real score, they have probably read are post about the overestimation.


But again great score, keep it up!!
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congrats for that awsumm score my exam is in 15 days..so most of the concept building time is over for me..uwrld cumulative is around 80% n uwsa 260..get a lot of behavioural science questions wrong..culd u suggest me sumthing for these last days will be really thankful..
Hey... If you are getting 80s in your uworld then probably your prep is very sound... I would say if ur using fa just keep doing that as much as you can in the last days plus as many nbmes as you can give, 13 and 15 are highly recommended... And most importantly keep your confidence high cos not everyone is as well prepared... Good luck!!
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Dear barcaboy,

thanks for sharing ur experience
i have some Qs:

1. did u use goljan as well? or anything else for pathology?

2.did u annotate kaplans and uworld in FA?

3.is kaplan anatomy enough for the exam?

4.which subject was hardest for u on the exam?

i have studied my first read of kaplans(except pathology) and pathoma, im trying to annotate kaplans in FA which takes me so long... i dont know whether it is wise or not...
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great achivement
plz can you tell us how you manage ur time with Qs how many blocks/day

do you read both right and wrong answer or what ?

ur averge in Uworld form the beginig within 78% or it get better with time?
currently i did 30% of uworld with averge 66% how can i improve it

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That's a great score BarcaBoy!

Looking at the experiences of recent takers there seems to be a trend shift towards Gross Anatomy and Molecular Biology. How do you recommend we approach those areas?

How do you suggest we consolidate the information, because almost through with second read but seems like running in circles. You do one subject, do it's question with reasonably good scores but it's gone by the time you do the new one. What's you take on this?

Could you please summarize your prep in last couple of months?

Thank you and all the best for CK.
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Dear barcaboy,

thanks for sharing ur experience
i have some Qs:

1. did u use goljan as well? or anything else for pathology?

2.did u annotate kaplans and uworld in FA?

3.is kaplan anatomy enough for the exam?

4.which subject was hardest for u on the exam?

i have studied my first read of kaplans(except pathology) and pathoma, im trying to annotate kaplans in FA which takes me so long... i dont know whether it is wise or not...
1. I just used pathoma notes and videos for patho and i think its the most concise and conceptual material for patho.
2. I only annotated some uworld on my fa... U dont need to annotate anything from kaplan to fa because everything in the exam is either in fa or uworld one way or another, so id rather leave space on fa for my uworld notes. I think its a good strategy to study fs along with kaplans that way u can make concepts off kaplan and photographic memory off fa which i can read as many times as u feel.
3.i thought anatomy in kaplan was good enough but there might be a bias here since my anatomy during med school was pretty good.
4. Personally for me the ethics portion of behavioral sciences was the trickiest... Gtankly i didnt even see a way i cud improve on it give that i had done it from all available resources... I wud say keep ur biostatistics top notch cos thats where u can score in bs and for ethics just do ur best and count on ur luck on exam day...
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congratsss
great achivement
plz can you tell us how you manage ur time with Qs how many blocks/day

do you read both right and wrong answer or what ?

ur averge in Uworld form the beginig within 78% or it get better with time?
currentlysid 30% of uworld with averge 66% how can i improve it

thank you in advance
Thanks alot dr. Mac.... I did about 115 Qs a day of uworld and went thru all explainations... So the way i did was that i used to skim thru the explanation and if i thought i had not a good grasp of a certain topic then i would read it again... It worked out for me since i had alot of concepts straight even before starting uworld... I started in low 70s avg and moved upto 78... U will definitely move up sonce ul be learning things that r repeated over n over again but i wud say by no means take ur uworld score as a predictive to ur actual thing... What matters is how much u take out from your uworld experience... Good luck!!!
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That's a great score BarcaBoy!

Looking at the experiences of recent takers there seems to be a trend shift towards Gross Anatomy and Molecular Biology. How do you recommend we approach those areas?

How do you suggest we consoliduworld the information, because almost through with second read but seems like running in circles. You do one subject, do it's question with reasonably good scores but it's gone by the time you do the new one. What's you take on this?

Could you please summarize your prep in last couple of months?

Thank you and all the best for CK.
Thanks insomniac... Well u see every form is different but for genetics my experience was that kpln lecture notes just do the trick... For anatomy honestly i cant really say since my anatomy was good even before starting the prep but in mu opinion fa and uworld are enough if you understand it well.

I know its difficult to keep everything in mind since the content is awfully vast and the way ur feeling is totally normal.. But the beauty of this exam. Is that even if u don't remember something from the top of your head but u had understood it well when u read it, the probability is very high that ul get a question from that topic right, its hard to explain but the exam is structured in such a way that it makes it easier to even guess the right answer if you'r basic concepts r good...

In my last 2 months i just did uworld fa and nbmes, made a cocktail out of those n gulped it down the memory lane... Lol... And my insomniac friend dont forget that the more rem sleep you have the more you retain stuff so try to sleep good 8 9 hours ever night... You will do great, stay motivated, thats half the game..
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i ve 6 weeks left for my exam!!
unlike d popular method..i am doing UWORLD SUBJECTWISE.... 65-75%..ll b done in 4 days!!
mainly using it as a studying tool!Read every explanation of correct and incorrect answers...annoted in FA!

Should i take Kaplan Qbank now?

or just continue revising UWORLD and FA n give NBMEs and UWSA?
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Hi ,

i ve 6 weeks left for my exam!!
unlike d popular method..i am doing UWORLD SUBJECTWISE.... 65-75%..ll b done in 4 days!!
mainly using it as a studying tool!Read every explanation of correct and incorrect answers...annoted in FA!

Should i take Kaplan Qbank now?

or just continue revising UWORLD and FA n give NBMEs and UWSA?
Thanks alot friend....i would say that although it is a personal choice, my recommendation would be to give n nbme after ur uworld and see where you stand... Ur uworld scores are very good n if ur reading everything carefully and uve done fa aswell i really dont think ul get much out of kaplan qbank if u get a decent nbme... However doing morr questions is also a wise strategy and if u want so i would say go for usmle rx, ive heard it helps incorporate fa in ur mind... Then again u will be doing the same concrpts in rx as in uworld... Good luck
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u did a great job and now u are sharing us zis magnificent experience. am planning to take z step 1 in z coming march. i read z kaplan for each subject once except for path which i use goljan.i saw z kaplan videos too.
1,how would u advise me to use z remaining time so efficiently?
2,when shall i start uworld,nbme?

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u did a great job and now u are sharing us zis magnificent experience. am planning to take z step 1 in z coming march. i read z kaplan for each subject once except for path which i use goljan.i saw z kaplan videos too.
1,how would u advise me to use z remaining time so efficiently?
2,when shall i start uworld,nbme?

look forward to hearing from ya.
Thanks alot friend... Since you have a lot of time with you i would say you should go for a qbank other uworld, either do usmle rx or kaplan qbank, this shall help consolidate ur concepts from what you read in kaplan... Also try to do first aid a couple of times before starting uworld... Regarding nbmes n uworld start with these within 2 months of ur exam... Do ur fa in between that too and trt to giving nbmes after ur world reads and fa readsvto know where you stand..but then again thats how i wudve done it and every body has thier own way... Some people even do uworld within 3 weeks of their exam and it works out for them... Good luck..
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Congratulations for your high score >>> U deserve it

1-I wanna ask you is there any material or information in the exam was outside the FA or Uworld ?

2-do you recommend watching kaplan videos for micro ,because i nearly ended micro by reading microbiology made ridiculously simple ?

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1-I wak you is there any material or informationKaplan lecturrsthe exam was outside the FA or Uworld ?

2-do you recommend watching kaplan videos for micro ,because i nearly ended micro by reading microbiology made ridiculously simple ?

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Hey, thanks a bunch... i think fa and uworld had most of it one way or another. Micro from fa is the best tool in my opinion... Kaplan lectures r good in the sense that when you listen you tend to retain more, other than that i think since theres osnt much to understand in micro( other than virology principles and basics of bacteriology) so ul be fine with fa and uworld... But if ur looking for that extra edge id say do kaplan then
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hi Barcaboy congo on ur step 1 score..amazing
Have few questions,
I did 4 months of all kaplan videos and lecture notes except neuroanat.Even though i did it for 4 months...not good enough .
then i started on uworld.I never knew that i should do uworld qbank in random timed mode and within a week i exhausted 100 biochem questions.So after that i did 3 blocks random timed and i understood my prep is not good as i got 45 to 55% in randomed timed mode.I thought i should get more clearer concepts and now back to kaplan notes with offline kaplan questions and reading 15 u world questions/day.I am actually kinda stuck with my prep and confused.Can just tell me how to proceed to next level ahould i read kaplan and videos once again or go ahead with questions?
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hi Barcaboy congo on ur step 1 score..amazing
Have few quesns,
I did 4 months of all kaplan videos and lecture notes except neuroanat.Even though i did it for 4 months...not good enough .
then i started on uworld.I never knew that i should do uworld qbank in random timed mode and within a week i exhausted 100 biochem questions.So after that i did 3 blocks random timed and i understood my prep is not good as i got 45 to 55% in randomed timed mode.I thought i should get more clearer concepts and now back to kaplan notes with offline kaplan questions and reading 15 u world questions/day.I am actually kinda stuck with my prep and confused.Can just tell me how to proceed to next level ahould i read kaplan and videos once again or go ahead with questions?
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Thanks alot buddy.... For one i would say just relax and stay motivated... if u think u did ur kaplans properly there is no point going back to them but if you have timevon ur hands u can perhaps do that... And as far as uworld goes it doesn't matter what scores u get, what matters is hoe much you learn from it, try to build your concepts word by word from uworld.. Ur scores will continue to rise as you learn more and more... Good luck
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Congrats alot ...
very well deserved
i have a few questions ..
i have done my first read of kaplan notes along with videos .. although dont have grapped much
I saw some what less videos for micro n BS .. is it enugh?
than i started doing sec read cmpleted my anatomy n physio .. ALHUMDULILAH .. i did uworld n some what kaplan quedtion along with it subject wise .. i was able to answer some of the mcqs ..i m doing u world in book form..
can u guide me further what subject i shd startnxt n in how many days shd i complete it ?n move on which further subject?
What is usmle Rx and uswa ? Did u did DIT? Is i helpful?
i havent given a single read to FA can u guide me when shd i start it ? N when shd i give Nbmes ?
N there is more quedtion i havent started application process shd i start it now .. i have plan to give it in jan /feb/ march ?
Kindly help me on it .. bit moving haphazard thats creating anxiety .. so i need help .. will be thankful ..
once again great work ..
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1. How often did you repeat the subjects...

2. for example did you do Physio and in the evenings in bed you quickly went over another subject such as Sphingolipidoses in biochemistry or anything else you did weeks before.
I am currently doing Genetics but every evening I walk through my room going through Glycolisis and TCA in my head... I feel it is all about repetition
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I started the application process about 3 months before i sat for it... Booked it a month before... Dates are usually not a big issue but perhaps it might vary depending on your geographic location... Thanks
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Congrats alot ...
very well deserved
i have a few questions ..
i have done my first read of kaplan notes along with videos .. although dont have grapped much
I saw some what less videos for micro n BS .. is it enugh?
than i started doing sec read cmpleted my anatomy n physio .. ALHUMDULILAH .. i did uworld n some what kaplan quedtion along with it subject wise .. i was able to answer some of the mcqs ..i m doing u world in book form..
can u guide me further what subject i shd startnxt n in how many days shd i complete it ?n move on which further subject?
What is usmle Rx and uswa ? Did u did DIT? Is i helpful?
i havent given a single read to FA can u guide me when shd i start it ? N when shd i give Nbmes ?
N there is more quedtion i havent started application process shd i start it now .. i have plan to give it in jan /feb/ march ?
Kindly help me on it .. bit moving haphazard thats creating anxiety .. so i need help .. will be thankful ..
once again great work ..
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1. How often did you repeat the subjects...

2. for example did you do Physio and in the evenings in bed you quickly went over another subject such as Sphihelpful cipidoses in biochemistry or anything else you did weeks before.
I am currently doing Genetics but every evening I walk through my room going through Glycolisis and TCA in my head... I feel it is all about repetition
I personally did not follow such a strategy cos i thought it would leave me confused a bit at times. But if it works for you then its perfect, stick to it n stay confident, integrative study can be help considering how integrative the exam is, but i left that to fa to deal with... Good 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 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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just confuse about micro, read it frm kaplan once,,,,nw dnt wana repeat it eventhough i dnt remember anything,,,is fa enough??hw much micro did u get in exam and difficulty level like mechanisms of resistance,viruses,fungi,helminths?
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Hi congrts on great score
currently doing uw subjectwise
done with patho and biochem
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Congrats for the amazing score!
I wanted to ask u..I plan to do 2 nbme forms..which 2 would u recommend?
Also, what resources did u use for imaging/ histology slides etc? Were there many questions on these?
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just confuse about micro, read it frm kaplan once,,,,nw dnt wana repeat it eventhough i dnt remember anything,,,is fa enough??hw much micro did u get in exam and difficulty level like mechanisms of resistance,viruses,fungi,helminths?
Thanks alot my friend. Remembering is not that important, if u think u understood it well from kaplan i would say just move on to fa since it covers almost everything of micro that most people get in the exam, same was the case for me although i cant comment on the specifics of the exam that accurately but i think i had a fair share of micro, but every examee has different experiences, so know ur micro well, fa is great!! All the best
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Hi congrts on great score
currently doing uw subjectwise
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cumultive -89%
do i need to do another q bank
Very strong scores i must say, perhaps ur concepts are sound so in my opinion an extra q bank wont add much in your case. Go with an nbme to see where you stand.. Good luck friend...
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Can you tell us about your Study Techniques ?

All the Best for your next exams .. THANKS
Thanks alot dr. David.. Please refer to my first post, it should precisely answer your question.. If you have any other specific question id be glad to help out..
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I wanted to ask u..I plan to do 2 nbme forms..which 2 would u recommend?
Also, what resources did u use for imaging/ histology slides etc? Were there many questions on these?
Best of luck for rest of the steps
Hello drglo, thanks alot... If ur going only for 2, i strongly recommend 13 and 15...i am not going to go talking abt predictive values cos that just varies from exam to exam for ppl, but these 2 i thought were more similar to the actual exam as far as the format of questions goes since perhaps these are the latest. Did not use any other resources for these than the above mentioned... U do get questions but I've heard ppl getting only 3 to 4 to as much as 10-15 on these...
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Do you think FA in enough for Immunology?
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Hey thanks barcaboy ... For ur kind advices .. i will really follow that .. but i have question i havent applied yet for the date in ur opinoin shd i sumit my application if i m thinking for jan /feb/march ... ? N secondly after my second read i shd start with u world n nbmes ? Is pathoma really good for pathology .. bcuz i hate kaplan for patho ... N i started goljan culd only do general patho portion frm that ...
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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...

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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hello..congrats alot on ur awesome score

im planning to give the exam by beginning of nxt yr hopefully, and i am still on 1st read dng kaplan LN & videos with uworld ques & FA .. is my approach correct?
i just need some advise..

also did u give nbmes online or offline? and which ones did u give?

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Hey thanks barcaboy ... For ur kind advices .. i will really follow that .. but i have question i havent applied yet for the date in ur opinoin shd i sumit my application if i m thinking for jan /feb/march ... ? N secondly after my second read i shd start with u world n nbmes ? Is pathoma really good for pathology .. bcuz i hate kaplan for patho ... N i started goljan culd only do general patho portion frm that ...
I think u shud submit your application, it wont hurt youb infact save u time later on, tgen u can pick a date whenever u feel ready for it.. Yes i wud say start with uworld after ur second read, and for nbmes give them in a planned sequence after every read of fa or uworld... Pathoma is great but if uve done goljan just stick with it, but try to filter out the high yield stuff by looking into pathoma videos if u get a chance...
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[QUOTE=faith255;219712]hello..congrats alot on ur awesome score

im planning to give the exam by beginning of nxt yr hopefully, and i am still on 1st read dng Kath som LN & videos with uwoquestions ques & FA .. ithe bes my approach correct?
i just need some advise..

also did u give nbmes online or offline? and which ones did u give?

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I have a question about cell and molecular biology ,do I need to you use any separate book for that or you think FA & KLNs are sufficient.......
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hey amazing score....good for you u neurosurgeon!!

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do u think it is better to start and read FA AFTER your first thorough read of Kap LN or DURING your first thorough read of Kap LN?? which one works for you?

I plan of reading FA at least 5 - 6x times with systematic amounts of regulated frequency (1st read with notes over 12 weeks , 2nd read for 3 weeks, 3rd read for 2 weeks, 4th read in a week, 5th ready just a quick breeze through over a couple days before exam.

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UOTE=asmz34;220190]Hello....Congrats on your achievement..such a great score
I have a question about cell and molecular biology ,do I need to you use any separate book for that or you think FA & KLNs aswell e sufficient.......
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Hey, thanks alot... I only used these tools and u thought they were good enough for genetics... Im sure tgere must be other good resources but none that i know off.. Just dry to do many many questions as well for genetics...
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hey amazing score....good for you u neurosurgeon!!

quick question.

do u think it is better to start and read FA AFTER your first thorough read of Kap LN or DURING your first thorough read of Kap LN?? which one works for you?

I plan of reading FA at least 5 - 6x times with systematic amounts of regulated frequency (1st read with notes over 12 weeks , 2nd read for 3 weeks, 3rd read for 2 weeks, 4th read in a week, 5th ready just a quick breeze through over a couple days before exam.

Please advise boss man. thanks
Hey u have a sound plan... I wud recommend if any way you can fit in your fa while doing the kaplan reads would be best, u can incorporate all ur concepts onto fa and thereafter keep doing fa to maximize it all..
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thanks alot for replying bfr

i have some ques again..

plz tell tht did u take uworld online as well? & was it mixed or subject-wise?

& also is it poss. tht u plz send ur pathoma videos to me? or paste it here?
i really need them..as im doing goljan bk & audio but i dnt think i will b able to retain the whole goljan bk !!

plz help .. thanks alot.. GOD bless u !
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Congrats!! Great score, how many questions can go wrong in nbme to get score >250
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great score
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im doing all of the stuff u mentioned except the kaplan qbank (not enuf time for it)
sometimes i get real scared by the fact that if its going to hamper my goal of getting a 250 plus score

so how much does it matter?
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thanks alot for replying bfr

i have some ques again..

plz tell tht did u take uworld online as well? & was it mixed or subject-wise?

& also is it poss. tht u plz send ur pathoma videos to me? or paste it here?
i really need them..as im doing goljan bk & audio but i dnt think i will b able to retain the whole goljan bk !!

plz help .. thanks alot.. GOD bless u !
I did all online, random, timed and tutor mode.. Im sorry i dont have pathoma videos with me right now otherwise i would send them to you... I think you can find them online easily... Best!
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Congrats!! Great score, how many questions can go wrong in nbme to get score >250
It varies slightly from forum to forum but generally i think to have a 250 you have to get around 90% correct on the nbme
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[QUOTdwar;220888]great score
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im doing all of the stuff u mentioned except the kaplan qbank (not enuf time for it)
sometimes i get real scared by the fact that if its going to hamper my goal of getting a 250 plus score

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its difficult to quantity how much it would matter, but if u do ur uworld correctly and nbmes r going fine then that would mean your prep is good... Dont stress out on this too much, use nbmes to gauge ur prep...
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hey congratulations!!
my exam is on 11th nov... can you please tell me which nbme to give next?
i am through with nbme 15
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my exam is on 11th nov... can you please tell me which nbme to give next?
i am through with nbme 15
thanks a lot!!
Hey... I wud say 13 is good... But if u can give them all...
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thanx again...
can you tell me how reliable is uwsa score?
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also can you please tell me is there some way to find out the correct answers to our incorrect ones in the nbme?
I am unable to work out an ans from nbme 15.
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Congrats !! Great score
Did you look at anybook for images/slides?
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awesome score !! congrats ..i'm an old img ..have two months left in hand . considering the fact that finished twice text reading thoroughly wd uw nd fa done once , can u plz tell me how to prepare the last two months aiming a high score ? I mean where to concentrate or focus or how to proceed ? is it possible or necessary to go thr' whole text again along wd uw ,fa again nd again ? i'm planning to take kap q bank too .I need ur guide plz
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also can you please most ppl me is there some way to find out the correct answers to our incorrect ones in the nbme?
I am unable to work out an ans from nbme 15.
Uwsa predictability is pretty variable... For most ppl nbmes r more predictive .. You can try different forums ppl keep posting what they think r the right answers
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Did you look at anybook for images/slides?
Thanks... No nothing extra for those...
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awesome score !! congrats ..i'm an old img ..have two months left in hand . considering the fact that finished twice text reading thoroughly wd uw nd fa done once , can u plz tell me how to prepare the last two months aiming a high score ? I mean where to concentrate or focus or how to proceed ? is it possible or necessary to go thr' whole text again along wd uw ,fa again nd again ? i'm planning to take kap q bank too .I need ur guide plz
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many congratulations on the great score

Im an old graduate (2007) tried twice studying and then going for the step 1 exam but everytime something or the other comes up and i couldnt just go for the exam ... U being a fresher with a great score what do you recommend for me ??

I am not new to all the study material but can you please suggest/advice how should i re-start my studies ?? i did kaplan an year back with videos n then dit n what not

please do reply , i would like to talk to u in skype, can you please send me your skype if possible ??

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Hello! I've read this thread a number of times. Many congratulations to you. Now that I see it's still alive, could you tell me the percentage of questions you got right (or wrong ) in uwsa2 to get that 265 (if you remember)? Just trying to get some perspective. Thank you and good luck..
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hey, Barcaboy, i have gone through your exam experience for a couple of times, n it is saved in my desktop as well :P

would you pls let me know what was your RX percentage after finishing each subject?

i have subscribed to Rx seeing you, but not doing that well.... by the way i am doing it just like you after finishing each subjct, kinda trying to follow you...
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many congratulations on the great score

Im an old graduate (2007) tried twice studying and then going for the step 1 exam but everytime something or the other comes up and i couldnt just go for the exam ... U being a fresher with a great score what do you recommend for me ??

I am not new to all the study material but can you please suggest/advice how should i re-start my studies ?? i did kaplan an year back with videos n then dit n what not

please do reply , i would like to talk to u in skype, can you please send me your skype if
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Hello! I've read this thread a number of times. Many congratulations to you. Now that I see it's still alive, could you tell me the percentage of questions you got right (or wrong ) in uwsa2 to get that 265 (if you remember)? Just trying to get some perspective. Thank you and good luck..

I think i had 88% on uwsa 2 but i think everyone scoring above 85 or something get a >265 score... That's the highest on it...
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hey, Barcaboy, i have gone through your exam experience for a couple of times, n it is saved in my desktop as well :P

would you pls let me know what was your RX percentage after finishing each subject?

i have subscribed to Rx seeing you, but not doing that well.... by the way i am doing it just like you after finishing each subjct, kinda trying to follow you...
Hey, really glad you like my study plan... But do remember things work out differently for different people aswell... I was getting an average low 80s on the rx... But it varied from subject to subject aswell.... I just used it as an accessory qbank to practice questions while i made my initial concepts from kaplan, didn't really put too much time into its explainations... Good luck
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Hey, really glad you like my study plan... But do remember things work out differently for different people aswell... I was getting an average low 80s on the rx... But it varied from subject to subject aswell.... I just used it as an accessory qbank to practice questions while i made my initial concepts from kaplan, didn't really put too much time into its explainations... Good luck
thanks for your reply, does 80s means 80% ? or 80th percentile?

this is my first qbank, but i have got only 54% in beh sc, a way disappointed

i am confused what should i do.... should I read the kaplan beh sc once again or just let it go....

any suggestion would be highly appreciated
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thanks for your reply, does 80s means 80% ? or 80th percentile?

this is my first qbank, but i have got only 54% in beh sc, a way disappointed

i am confused what should i do.... should I read the kaplan beh sc once again or just let it go....

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I was getting 80%...really these scores don't matter much, use nbmes to nail down a prediction... Although i must say in Behavioral i wasn't getting much hogh scores either... I think u shud get done with this first along with fa, then when u do uworld ul cover lots of your weaknesses... N still even after that something is bothering you then you should go back to review ur kaplans for that specific topic...
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Hey. First of all many many congrats on ur amazing score...
I need help....I gave nbme11 and scored sooo low that I think am going in depression.....I scored 184.... My exam is in Jan....plz guide me how should I proceed with my prep and how do I improve my score....
I was doing uworld and had been scoring around 65 to 75%....
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Hi loads n loads of congrats .......need help plz!! I ve my exam in 3wks did 60% uw bt have v liw scores 62%......i do make blunders min 4 to max10.....v depressed wt to do ve already took extension regarding biochem n pharma i 4get alot wt to do plz plz tell me.....m gona take nbme 13 in nxt 2 days will let u knw abt my score :,(
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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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Heeyyyy congrats for such a great score....m new to all the preparation...ryt nw m doing kaplan videos and notes...but i feel i want to solve a few questions simultaneously. Can u suggest a q bank for that...and usmlerx and kaplanq bank..u did online ones or just offline questions???
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Hello barcaboy! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Great score!

I am planning for step 1 in oct-nov-dec 2014, hopefully. what is the best time for me to do kaplan q bank or uw q bank. when shoud i buy it from online? should i practice it from now or after reading kaplan & fa?

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barcaboy ..i just a piece of advice regarding u world ..as i have started with it .. but i m not able to finish even one block a day
. explanation n taking notes take me so long that i m not able to go through FA .. i dnt know where is the actual defect .. y i m not finishing in 6 hrs as ppl take half day but i m not able to manage
. I have done FA once only but just superfacial .. what u suggest how to go thrugh it ..n how to manage time .. will be thankful ..
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Hey. First of all many many congrats on ur amazing score...
I need help....I gave nbme11 and scored sooo low that I think am going in depression.....I scored 184.initial nbmes My exam is in Jan....plz guide me how should I proceed with my prep and how do I improve my score....
I was doing uworld and had been scoring around 65 to 75%....
Hey i think your uworld scores r pretty awsome given that this is your first try. I can certainly give you my piece of advice but i need to know how much uve studied thus far... Btw initial nbmes can be demoralizing, you have to keep ur chin up and keep going forward...
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Hi loads n loads of congcompared to .......need help plz!! IJust focus one my exam in 3wks did 60% uw bt have v liw scores 62%......i do make blunders min 4 to max10.....v depressed wt to do ve already took extension regarding biochem n pharma i 4get alot wt to do plz plz tell me.....m gona take nbme 13 in nxt 2 days will let u knw abt my score :,(
Hey the scores are not as important in uw as compared to the concepts you gain . Just focus on understanding stuff and see what you get on the nbme... All the bes!!
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Heeyyyy congrats for such a great score....m new to all the preparation...ryt nw m doing kaplaquestions deos and dont nd notes...but i feel i want to solve a few questions simultaneously. Can u suggest a q bank for that...and usmlerx and kaplanq bank..u did online ones or just offline questions???
I think thats a great strategy, did the same myself.... I would say do any of the 2 but keep ur focus on practicing questions and don't dwelve too much on their explainations as youl cover the stuff in uworld... Id recommend rx online
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I think thats a great strategy, did the same myself.... I would say do any of the 2 but keep ur focus on practicing questions and don't dwelve too much on their explainations as youl cover the stuff in uworld... Id recommend rx online
Thanx barcaboy...all the best for your prep ahead...
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Thank u bracaboy.... I was really upset....
Hmmm so far I have read Kaplan except for anatomy and behavior once and then started off with uworld along with scattered read of FA....I haven't finished even half of it...going through explanations take a lot of time....and exam is in Jan....I plan to do a lot per day but manage to do only part of it...
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Hello barcaboy

thats such an amazing score many many congratulationsss you can celebrate to the most hardcore now!!!!

thts like my beyond achievable dream score; which i know is not in my reach;

i've been preparing ineffectively for a while; how was your daily schedule? like what time u started and breaks for how long???

presently my exm is scheduled for dec 30..but last 2 weeks in the assessments i 've took which were uworld self assessment form 1 i scored 186...

and last sunday i took kaplan simulation exam and i got 54% overall.

have you done any of those? which is the exam more like nbme or uworld?

i started uworld and dit a month back..i'm not even close to being done yet... uworld my average is 58% so far. DIT i'm doing to get me thru first aid one reading at least once. b/c i get bored of doing fa alone. i fall asleep.

how many blocks did u do per day in uworld the last month? if i postpone my exam to mid january? do you thinki ts better? is there any way i can improve or get more done? or should i give dec 30!?

is it necessary to usmlerx if i've already done kaplan qbank and uworld 2x????

if you could please advice me that would be great thanks

also i'm plannin to give an nbme once i finish DIt..i have 140 videos to go and i also wanted to finish pathoma before my exam..i'm on ch.7 now but its getting too much to do 2 blocks uworld ; revise pathoma and dit is impossible in one day right?

how should i do ? finish DIT then spend a week on pathoma? what you say???
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I have a concern .. I finished all of my Kaplan videos and books except biostats and behavioural science .. I am gonna do them in the end.. I am trying to revise collaborating FA with Kaplan .. But since FA is system vise and not subject wise .. I'm revising for instance for lung I do FA anat,physio,patho and pharma .. Is this a good way? Or should I do the Kaplan subject wise revision.. I'm really confused .. Please help
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Hello barcaboy! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Great score!

I am planning for step 1 in oct-nov-dec 2014, hopefully. what is the best time for me to do kaplan q bank or uw q bank. when shoud i buy it from online? should i practice it from now or after reading kaplan & fa?

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barcaboy ..i just a piece of advice regarding u world ..as i have started with it .. but i m not able to finish even one block a day
. explanation n taking notes take me so long that i m not able to go through FA .. i dnt know where is the actual defect .. y i m not finishing in 6 hrs as ppl take half day but i m not able to manage
. I have done FA once only but just superfacial .. what u suggest how to go thrugh it ..n how to manage time .. will be thankful ..
Hey I know it's a tough situation to be in but honestly it's very difficult to give you an accurate idea of how you can speed up....I would say take your time as the more important thing is to understand the explainations very well...if you have any specific questions I'd be glad to help
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Thank u bracaboy.... I was really upset....
Hmmm so far I have read Kaplan except for anatomy and behavior once and then started off with uworld along with scattered read of FA....I haven't finished even half of it...going through explanations take a lot of time....and exam is in Jan....I plan to do a lot per day but manage to do only part of it...
Could u plz tell me how should I go about my prep?
I think u need to organize and make a plan for the next month or so, bearing in mind your speed and all...like give a thorough read of fa followed by uworld...if you keep switching too much and be irregular with your study tools then ur not moving forward much....try to read stuff faster and motivate yourself to focus focus focus....you have good time to prepare really well, let me know if you have any specific questions
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Hello barcaboy

thats such an amazing score many many congratulationsss you can celebrate to the most hardcore now!!!!

thts like my beyond achievable dream score; which i know is not in my reach;

i've been preparing ineffectively for a while; how was your daily schedule? like what time u started and breaks for how long???

presently my exm is scheduled for dec 30..but last 2 weeks in the assessments i 've took which were uworld self assessment form 1 i scored 186...

and last sunday i took kaplan simulation exam and i got 54% overall.

have you done any of those? which is the exam more like nbme or uworld?

i started uworld and dit a month back..i'm not even close to being done yet... uworld my average is 58% so far. DIT i'm doing to get me thru first aid one reading at least once. b/c i get bored of doing fa alone. i fall asleep.

how many blocks did u do per day in uworld the last month? if i postpone my exam to mid january? do you thinki ts better? is there any way i can improve or get more done? or should i give dec 30!?

is it necessary to usmlerx if i've already done kaplan qbank and uworld 2x????

if you could please advice me that would be great thanks

also i'm plannin to give an nbme once i finish DIt..i have 140 videos to go and i also wanted to finish pathoma before my exam..i'm on ch.7 now but its getting too much to do 2 blocks uworld ; revise pathoma and dit is impossible in one day right?

how should i do ? finish DIT then spend a week on pathoma? what you say???
Hey thanks a lot...listen, you can certainly achieve whatever score you aim for, your mind and body will work you towards it provided that you have the right sort of motivation...

I didn't do dit so I can't advice you on it...as far as nbmes i think it's very important to do all nbmes as they r very accurate and also help you prepare for the real thing....

For the last month or so you have to go all in, like 10 to 12 hours a day...and as far as postponing is concerned that really depends on the score your aiming for and what ur getting in your nbmes...

Good luck and let me know if I can help in any way..
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I have a concern .. I finished all of my Kaplan videos and books except biostats and behavioural science .. I am gonna do them in the end.. I am trying to revise collaborating FA with Kaplan .. But since FA is system vise and not subject wise .. I'm revising for instance for lung I do FA anat,physio,patho and pharma .. Is this a good way? Or should I do the Kaplan subject wise revision.. I'm really confused .. Please help
No need to be confused, if it's helping you understand the concepts then you know that this is the right way to do this...I think either way is fine, but whatever works for you...best
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Thanks alot .
I will definitely ask if i need help ..
but i m just dazzling bcuz i cant manage uworld n FA together thats y frieking .. xam in feb INSHALLAH..
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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...

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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Hey !!! congrats
I 've my step 1 on 30th dec..... i'll tell u about my preparationand would like u 2 guide me....
I first read all kaplan notes along with videos and intermittently did question from kaplan Q bank subjectwise ...... Then i read FA and started doing uworld 2012 offline sometime with my timer on ....sometime not in time mode......and kept on adding extra material in my note copy which was missing in FA or i had a tendency to do mistake .........then did offline NBME 5, NBME 6 offline ...........now again doing my third revision of FA ....intermittently if i 've any confusion i revise my Kaplan book also and add on to my note.......

So by now in question ......i've done only offline uworld 2012 subject wise with explanation , Kaplan Q bank , NBME 5 & 6 usmle rx part of it (2block ).....and 've done NBME 15 online little long back ( didnt do well would not like to tell u that score )......

Plannning to take self assessment UWorld online on 19th and may be NBME 13 also.......
I feel i 've good concept and doing well overall... need to increase my speed little more as ,i 'm around 5- 10 minutes delayed .....

Please guide me barcaboy
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but i m just dazzling bcuz i cant manage uworld n FA together thats y frieking .. xam in feb INSHALLAH..
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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 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...

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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hey.that's a great score..hearty congratulations.

i am studying goljan for pathology. i am unaware of pathoma. can u please guide me on this,on what to follow. waiting for ur reply

thank u and A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
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many congrats ,

i want to know what is a good approach for pathoma, to do the text first and then watch video or watch video first,
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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...

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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hey.that's a great score..hearty congratulations.

i am studying goljan for pathology. i am unaware of pathoma. can u please guide me on this,on what to follow. waiting for ur reply

thank u and A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
hey, thanks alot, i am sorry for the late reply i have been away lately.. i think both goljan and pathoma are equally good provided you read the one you choose pretty well. the thing with pathoma is that its a little more concise so saves you some time, while goljan does have lots of low yield stuff that you have to bear with. good luch
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Hey !!! congrats
I 've my step 1 on 30th dec..... i'll tell u about my preparationand would like u 2 guide me....
I first read all kaplan notes along with videos and intermittently did question from kaplan Q bank subjectwise ...... Then i read FA and started doing uworld 2012 offline sometime with my timer on ....sometime not in time mode......and kept on adding extra material in my note copy which was missing in FA or i had a tendency to do mistake .........then did offline NBME 5, NBME 6 offline ...........now again doing my third revision of FA ....intermittently if i 've any confusion i revise my Kaplan book also and add on to my note.......

So by now in question ......i've done only offline uworld 2012 subject wise with explanation , Kaplan Q bank , NBME 5 & 6 usmle rx part of it (2block ).....and 've done NBME 15 online little long back ( didnt do well would not like to tell u that score )......

Plannning to take self assessment UWorld online on 19th and may be NBME 13 also.......
I feel i 've good concept and doing well overall... need to increase my speed little more as ,i 'm around 5- 10 minutes delayed .....

Please guide me barcaboy
hello tashish...i am sorry for a late reply, i am assuming my reply will be futile at this point as you probably must have sat the exam by now. I wish you luck, i am sure you must have aced it. If i can help in any other way, il be glad!!
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many congrats ,

i want to know what is a good approach for pathoma, to do the text first and then watch video or watch video first,
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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