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Default 5 weeks to study for Step1, Is that abnormal?

I'm quite confused,

At my medschool and every single medical school my friends go to, the most anybody is studying for Step1 is 6 weeks, and I am taking 5 weeks. I see everyone on here talking about taking months and months, how is this even possible?

My medschool (top tier) only gives us 7 weeks off to study, so even if you took zero vacation you would still only have 7 weeks (nobody does this).

I'm just confused why my experience with Step 1 studying in real world is so drastically different than every single thing I've read on here.

FYI: My entire step1 study is go thru First Aid twice, do all of UWorld, and listen to Goljan
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I'm quite confused,

At my medschool and every single medical school my friends go to, the most anybody is studying for Step1 is 6 weeks, and I am taking 5 weeks. I see everyone on here talking about taking months and months, how is this even possible?

My medschool (top tier) only gives us 7 weeks off to study, so even if you took zero vacation you would still only have 7 weeks (nobody does this).

I'm just confused why my experience with Step 1 studying in real world is so drastically different than every single thing I've read on here.

FYI: My entire step1 study is go thru First Aid twice, do all of UWorld, and listen to Goljan

Most people here who took months and months, like myself, are IMGs. For example i took step 1 6 years after doing the basic sciences at med school, which is very different to someone who has just finished the basic sciences in a school which likely taught it in a more USMLE oriented way.

Also, congratulations on being in a (top tier) med school :P
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I'm glad somebody finally opened this thread since I have been asking myself the same question for quite some time now.

I only studied two days and scored 299.

My way of studying consisted of standing in front of the window of a book store and staring at the First Aid Cover. Then I sacrificed a bunch of goats, sheep and my Dr. House - DVD - collection to please the gods and went right in the exam where I was in a handstand all the time and operated the mouse with my feet.
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Dear Medguy123 ..
I have a question for you ..
Do u compare a medical school in Iraq with another one in the US ..
I needed months to go through Goljan only ..and I barely remember anything now ..


So be thankful to be one of the lucky students who studied in the US
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Well, like he says, if med schools are arranged in tiers, he's at the top

Go medtoptierguy
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I honestly meant no disrespect with that, I just am new to this and have seen that people posting have often said things like "top tier," "mid-tier" yadda yadda yadda

I was not posting to brag or say that it ONLY takes me 5 weeks to study - I was posting because I'm stressed because 5 weeks feels like NOTHING to learn all this material, and I am jealous that other people are taking months to learn it! That's what it feels like I need!

One last thing I will say, is that unless I live in a medical universe completely unlike anything the rest of you live in - why are people not happy about getting things like a 240? Some of my best friends have placed into top residencies like ortho or Neurosurg with ~240 at top places in the US.

This whole website confuses me/ stresses me out, I think my one day trial with it may conclude after this post. Good luck everybody!
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I honestly meant no disrespect with that, I just am new to this and have seen that people posting have often said things like "top tier," "mid-tier" yadda yadda yadda

I was not posting to brag or say that it ONLY takes me 5 weeks to study - I was posting because I'm stressed because 5 weeks feels like NOTHING to learn all this material, and I am jealous that other people are taking months to learn it! That's what it feels like I need!

One last thing I will say, is that unless I live in a medical universe completely unlike anything the rest of you live in - why are people not happy about getting things like a 240? Some of my best friends have placed into top residencies like ortho or Neurosurg with ~240 at top places in the US.

This whole website confuses me/ stresses me out, I think my one day trial with it may conclude after this post. Good luck everybody!
Most of the guys here are legit IMGs that need visas and stuff. Many of them have already done all their clinical work in their respective home countries, so they need to take a bit longer to prep for Step I.

I'm a US citizen who goes to a Caribbean school. I took about 6 weeks to prep, and my score was ok. According to the most recent "Charting the Match" data, most non-US IMGs need very high scores to even have a chance at matching (well, I think it was in the 230's for IM). A USIMG's score was something in the low 220's.
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