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Ok guys, I'm seeking for advice, suggestion on how to proceed.
I just took UWSA1 and got raw score 290 which is 160 based on the report.
I have gone thru UWQbank once and have not gone through FA even once yet. I have only taken one assessment. I've done kpln LN one read. I have RX and UWordlq bank. I feel horrible coz I have been studying for so long. How should I proceed?
Thank you for your inputs.
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I know that the score was discouraging after all of your effort, but keep going! You'll keep improving. I think you have good materials for studying. I used exactly the same materials when I did Step 1 (as well as many others people, I'm sure). A learning stragety that I used is to go through UW by subject, in question/answer mode where you got answers immediately, and read answers + add notes to FA. This does take time though and it can be a drag going through so many questions and reading things, but it does force you to slow things down and learn as much as you can. I wonder how much time you have until your exam.

I went over FA quite a few times with the additional notes in place. It did get a bit messy though and my writing was a bit small. Maybe you can try that. You can maybe test out that strategy for a little bit and see if it helps with undertanding/recall, and if it doesn't maybe you can just ditch that!

FA became handy as a recall tool, but I think you need to try to understand the material as much as you can using bigger books and UW first. It's hard to learn stuff in FA without having a basic understanding of the material inside (although I did learn things just by reading bits in FA). I do think you need to make sure that you're studying actively and retaining as much as you can. Make sure that you get good rest and keep enjoying life too. Good luck!
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Forgot to say maybe you can try to focus on your weak areas first as much as you can at this stage of your prep.

And worst comes to worst, if you're still not happy with your scores, you can think about postponing your exam.
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I know that the score was discouraging after all of your effort, but keep going! You'll keep improving. I think you have good materials for studying. I used exactly the same materials when I did Step 1 (as well as many others people, I'm sure). A learning stragety that I used is to go through UW by subject, in question/answer mode where you got answers immediately, and read answers + add notes to FA. This does take time though and it can be a drag going through so many questions and reading things, but it does force you to slow things down and learn as much as you can. I wonder how much time you have until your exam.

I went over FA quite a few times with the additional notes in place. It did get a bit messy though and my writing was a bit small. Maybe you can try that. You can maybe test out that strategy for a little bit and see if it helps with undertanding/recall, and if it doesn't maybe you can just ditch that!

FA became handy as a recall tool, but I think you need to try to understand the material as much as you can using bigger books and UW first. It's hard to learn stuff in FA without having a basic understanding of the material inside (although I did learn things just by reading bits in FA). I do think you need to make sure that you're studying actively and retaining as much as you can. Make sure that you get good rest and keep enjoying life too. Good luck!
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. Thanks for your input. You are right, I will begin with the weak areas. Thanks again.
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