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My step 1 exam will be after a week from now.
Since 5 days, i took NBME 15 and scored 217

i studied FA 3 times and Medessential
Watched Kapaln videos for Behavoir science,Genetics
Watched all course of DIT 2012
did UW online and offline and scored 70%
did Kaplan Q bank 2010 offline
and did USMLERx 3000 questions offline

i aimed to score 240+
so i'm v. disappointed
esp. i can't extend my eligibility period coz i already extened it so i'm at the end of my extended eligibility period.

any advice or help plz?
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215 is not a bad score...juz work on ur weak areas .
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My step 1 exam will be after a week from now.
Since 5 days, i took NBME 15 and scored 217

i studied FA 3 times and Medessential
Watched Kapaln videos for Behavoir science,Genetics
Watched all course of DIT 2012
did UW online and offline and scored 70%
did Kaplan Q bank 2010 offline
and did USMLERx 3000 questions offline

i aimed to score 240+
so i'm v. disappointed
esp. i can't extend my eligibility period coz i already extened it so i'm at the end of my extended eligibility period.

any advice or help plz?
Mayby thats because your BASICS are week?????
How did you study for Physiology?
Do more NBMES ONLINE!!! ...go throught them after that again offline and review each Q.
Which ever areas you weak in....WORK on it!!!
Keep on doing Q's everyday!!! DO them ONLINE!!!
You want to get the BEST resource that is updated.....Not offline which was downloaded who knows when!!!
Good luck
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Mayby thats because your BASICS are week?????
How did you study for Physiology?
Do more NBMES ONLINE!!! ...go throught them after that again offline and review each Q.
Which ever areas you weak in....WORK on it!!!
Keep on doing Q's everyday!!! DO them ONLINE!!!
You want to get the BEST resource that is updated.....Not offline which was downloaded who knows when!!!
Good luck
i studied physiology from First Aid 2011 and Medessentials
and solved UW & Usmle Rx & Kaplan Q bank

i did NBME 15 Online

what source of Questions you advice me to do in this very short period of time?Thank you Doctor
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215 is not a bad score...juz work on ur weak areas .
Really Doctor, i don't Know how to work more on my weak points?
need advice please
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My step 1 exam will be after a week from now.
Since 5 days, i took NBME 15 and scored 217

i studied FA 3 times and Medessential
Watched Kapaln videos for Behavoir science,Genetics
Watched all course of DIT 2012
did UW online and offline and scored 70%
did Kaplan Q bank 2010 offline
and did USMLERx 3000 questions offline

i aimed to score 240+
so i'm v. disappointed
esp. i can't extend my eligibility period coz i already extened it so i'm at the end of my extended eligibility period.

any advice or help plz?
Hi jacko87,

Based on what you've written above, I believe there are some things that could have been done a bit differently, but at this point you are so close to your exam that making any type of adjustment won't likely yield any significant changes, strictly a time constraint matter...

With that said... you will probably pass your exam based on the NBME result, however in all honesty a 20+ point jump will be difficult.

I will lay out some changes you could make in case you decide to pay the fee to re-extend your eligibility period...

1st - Where are your weaknesses? Based on your NBME and your UW feedback you should notice a pattern of weakness - for the last week you should focus strongly on your weakest areas. Although I typically have my students re-take an NBME after working on their weaknesses to ensure they brought them up adequately, you don't really have the time.

NOTE: You mentioned in a previous post you don't know how to work on your weaknesses... look for the feedback on the NBME (the chart) and anything below or at borderline performance is a weakness. Look at your UW and Rx questions to find which disciplines are your poorest scores, those are subjects to focus on.

2nd - You mentioned that you used Kaplan for behavioral and genetics. Kaplan is nicely detailed and a good starting point to truly dive into the basic sciences if you need to build a foundation - but what about the other more highly tested areas like Pharm, Physio, pathophysio, path? A great knowledge of those areas, since they are highly tested, is something to strongly consider doing.

3rd - UW: How did you approach USMLE world questions? The ideal way is to do them in timed mode, 46q's at a time... doing this will build your stamina and increase your efficiency. After doing a timed block, going back and reviewing and mastering the information will help you build your knowledge.


I realize a lot of this isn't useful unless you have a month or so more time, but if you want to do your best in the last week and improve anything, focus on your weaknesses and on the 3 P's (pharm, physio, Path) - a majority of your questions will stem from these disciplines in some form or another... I wish you had posted sooner, but this is about all I can suggest for you at this point.

Keep working hard until test day and stay confident, you are at least near 220.


Best of luck!

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