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I took the exam on October 9th and received the results on Oct 31st.

About me: A non-US citizen IMG, after 6.5 years in Med school and 1 year internship.

3 months before (while still in my internship): signed up to take exam.

2.5 months before: Got a hold of first aid 2013 and started to read a few pages a day (5-10 pages, sometimes none).

2 months before: Signed up for Uworld 2 months subscription. Still Read a few pages of first aid daily and now also took a few questions on Uworld (between 5-10, sometimes none).

1 month and 9 days before: My month of vacation from internship started so most of my attention now was for studying. Started doing blocks of 46 questions. Was about half way through Uworld and half way through first aid. My average at this point on uworld 46 qs was ~60% a block.

4 weeks before: Finished first Aid. Was about half way through Uworld. Didn't know what to do next as I didn't think going over first aid again right now would help me remember anything I didn't remember for the first time. Came across DIT.

DIT (took 16 days approx): I didn't study for 12 hours a day during DIT like they said, it was too much for me. I watched the videos and maybe do one block of 46qs from uworld a day, sometimes not even that. Somewhere in the middle there I completed Uworld for the first time with 70% correct.

Finished DIT with about 8 days left: Read first aid again - 80 pages a day. Wrote notes while reading for things I didn't remember.

3 days before: Finished reading first aid. I had originally planned on going over uwolrd twice - and was getting about 85% in each block when I started. But I saw that I won't be able to make it so I only did blocks of 46qs of incorrects. There were about 600 questions and I did it in 2 days. I didn't leave a question unturned and made sure I got all of them correct. It also kind of simulated the exam because of doing so many questions in one day (for 2 days in a row).

1 day before: finished going over mistakes from previous day. Went over my notes for 2 hours, made sure I know all the equations. Stopped studying at 5.30 PM, went to the mall, saw some tv and tried not to think of the exam.
Didn't sleep so well before because I was nervous.

Exam day: Got there early and started early. Took break after each block. Finished all the blocks before time had elapsed. Last block was very difficult. I finished all the questions but I had a few that I marked that I didn't have time to go over for the second time. The others felt fair. Compared to Uworld - the easy questions are much easier. Other than that pretty much the same.

So: First aid*2, DIT, Uworld*1.5 (all+incorrect)
I think that what worked well is that I actually went over First Aid 3 times in a short period of time - read it, than DIT (because that's basically what they do) and than read it again very close to the exam.

My strengths for this exam were my relative clinical experience - as you know this exam becomes more and more clinically oriented.

My main weakness was that a long time has passed since I came across basic science (~4.5 years).
I think that luck probably played a roll in this as well...
I tried listening to Goljan in bed but I fell asleep after about 3 minutes each time so gave up.
I didn't do any nbme exams.

Good luck to you all!
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Congrats.... great post.....I am also in a similar kind situation... exam in 20days....read FA once....will finish UW first read in one week and take one nbme....then i am planning to do FA again...do you have any suggestion for me....
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Just calculate in advance how many pages you can read daily to still make it efficient. 80 pages a day was pretty hard for me. My studying hours were from 10AM to 2AM. But some days I had a good pace and even went out with friends.
Also plan on what you will do after finishing your reading.
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Just calculate in advance how many pages you can read daily to still make it efficient. 80 pages a day was pretty hard for me. My studying hours were from 10AM to 2AM. But some days I had a good pace and even went out with friends.
Also plan on what you will do after finishing your reading.
if at all i finish 2nd read of FA; i am planning to do UW wrong qs....is it ok?
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Well this is what I did. It also depends on how many incorrects you have when you start and how much you can do each day.
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Congrats. Nbmes?
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I didn't do any nbmes, just FA, DIT and UW.
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Congrats, great score, mashallah

Can you tell me how you studied for biochem??? and how long did it take you??

Everyone is saying Kaplan book and videos for biochem, do you think i should do that???

P.S: i dont have alot of time.
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Congrats, great score, mashallah

Can you tell me how you studied for biochem??? and how long did it take you??

Everyone is saying Kaplan book and videos for biochem, do you think i should do that???

P.S: i dont have alot of time.
Like I wrote, I only studied from first aid,dit and uworld. My real studies of Biochem took place at 1st and second year of med school which was about 6-7 years ago. And the emphasis was very different from first aid, we had to understand concepts and didn't have to memorize things like the TCA cycle etc. I can't say that what I studied so long ago helped but on the other hand in might have gave a good basis without realizing it.
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looks like u not only had a very strong base as u had d courage to skip texts nd NBME (!) , u r very lucky and kinda genius too ...it is kinda miracle u did .Congrats on such an amazing great score that normally can be achieved by others after giving very hard efforts !!
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How was biostat in exam?.....is FA and UW enough for biostat?
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Ashok1 - thanks. I think that my clinical experience probably gave me the edge. In addition I took CK a year ago where I felt that the questions there were longer and more exhausting. So I also had the part of exam experience, timing and language (English is not my first language) covered. The reason I had courage was that a friend of mine took the exam 2 months before me and studied less than me. And though he scored less than me he gave enough confidence to sign up. I do read around here and realize that people study much more, however, correct me of I'm wrong, they study that as part of the curriculum of med school - which for me was 3 years. And you're right I had luck, many of my guesses were probably correct and I was surprised by the score.<br />
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Short - fa in enough for biostat in terms of the material they cover however only after DIT did I realize I didn't really understand it fully. DIT were really helpful in some fields for me but not in all of them. They definitely helped in terms of giving me structure.
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congrats!!

i have a q...what percentage from the test does FA + Uworld covers?
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congrats!!

i have a q...what percentage from the test does FA + Uworld covers?
That's a tough one. No one actually knows the exact answer to that but it's safe to say that most of it..every one gets a different set of questions. FA is a book that's great for memorizing because they really chew the material for you. If you remember FA completely as well as UNDERSTAND what's behind the concepts than I think you're in a good place. Uworld is great for adding some depth to your knowledge as well as training you for the exam experience.
For the questions that are not there - some are in the other books and some are q's that are just plain difficult and not meant to be answered by 99% of people. I remember having a question - I read it 3 times and still didn't understand what they're talking about! Also some are pilot questions..
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