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Embarrassed my step 1 exam within 18 days .. !! help please

my step 1 exam within 18 days ..
i have done the kaplan notes one time with kaplan videos then reviewed the note again then did the kaplan q bank then the Usmle world
then I'm reviewing the notes again right now and I'll finish reviewing 1 week b4 the exam (most of things ... except last 150 pages microbiology & Anatomy " which i reviewed them much earlier") to take the self assessment and the NMBE ..
then reviewing the lost micro and anatomy

i didn't :
1- 2 blocks left within UW
2- about 5-7 blocks i didn't review there answers
1- re answer the incorrect questions and the marked ones of UW
2- atlases of pathology and histology
3- i didn't 1st aid


as i have no time for any of them .. so if i need to do something I'll compromise my review for it

my Question ... : what not to do within the last list ? what to compromise ?

if any other suggestions please tell me

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Hi Betro,

You've come a long way my friend. We wish you all great success and you have been a nice member of our website.

Now, for the list you mentioned;
  • Do the missing 2 blocks of UW, it will take you half a day for that.
  • Forget about First Aid at this point.
  • Keep reviewing Kaplan notes until the last 2-3 days.
  • Do NBME now, I repeat now. See your score. If you are OK then you don't need to worry about any other points you mentioned. See this thread for NBME score correlations http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-ge...rrelation.html
  • Don't worry about not reading all explanations or not reviewing the incorrect answers, there's no problem with that at all.
Don't forget to post your exam experience once you do the exam
See you soon in our Step 2 CK Forum

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Hi Betro,

You've come a long way my friend. We wish you all great success and you have been a nice member of our website.

Now, for the list you mentioned;
  • Do the missing 2 blocks of UW, it will take you half a day for that.
  • Forget about First Aid at this point.
  • Keep reviewing Kaplan notes until the last 2-3 days.
  • Do NBME now, I repeat now. See your score. If you are OK then you don't need to worry about any other points you mentioned.
  • Don't worry about not reading all explanations or not reviewing the incorrect answers, there's no problem with that at all.
Don't forget to post your exam experience once you do the exam

i need to complete my review as i added a zillion hints and info's in the notes from the bankS b4 NMBE ... what do u think .. it will be misleading if i didn't review my added notes b4 NMBE .. right ??
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i need to complete my review as i added a zillion hints and info's in the notes from the bankS b4 NMBE ... what do u think .. it will be misleading if i didn't review my added notes b4 NMBE .. right ??
How long you will take reviewing these notes?

I don't want you to take NBME few days before the test. Because (God forbid) if you don't do well in NBME at that time it would be a frustrating experience.

Do one NBME now, if you for example correlate with 90 score you will be aiming at another NBME (as you review more and more) to be done few days before the exam in which your target is to correlate 95 for example.
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How long you will take reviewing these notes?

I don't want you to take NBME few days before the test. Because (God forbid) if you don't do well in NBME at that time it would be a frustrating experience.

Do one NBME now, if you for example correlate with 90 score you will be aiming at another NBME (as you review more and more) to be done few days before the exam in which your target is to correlate 95 for example.

i'll take it one week b4 as I'll finish my reviewing 8 days b4 !!
my last review subject will be pathology .. i cannot do nmbe without reviewing it .. right ?

if the result will be frustrating .. this is ana indication for postponing or something .. but if i did it now and frustration .. it will mislead me as I'll say when i finish my review I'll do better .. I'm just thinking with u .. I'm not defensing or I'm intending to do something .. so please i need Ur further thoughts about it

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i'll take it one week b4 as I'll finish my reviewing 8 days b4 !!!
my last review subject will be pathology .. i cannot do nmbe without reviewing it .. right ?

if the result will be frustrating .. this is ana indication for postponing or something .. but if i did it now and frustration .. it will mislead me as I'll say when i finish my review I'll do better .. I'm just thinking with u .. I'm not defensing or I'm intending to do something .. so please i need Ur further thoughts about it
Alright, I think you are right
You should not do it before finalizing your Patho review

But as you said, if you don't do well in NBME later then you have to postpone the exam
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I would just Don the NBME and re do the incorrect questions, you might regret you didnt do them after the exam
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I would just Don the NBME and re do the incorrect questions, you might regret you didnt do them after the exam

if ok .. what to not to do .. i haven't much time for all ??
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Do, the pathology atlas
Do the incorrect questions
Do the NBME
Do not do the 2 Blocks of UW world unless you have 3 red bull energy drinks a day

Anyways that what I would do
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Do, the pathology atlas
Do the incorrect questions
Do the NBME
Do not do the 2 Blocks of UW world unless you have 3 red bull energy drinks a day

Anyways that what I would do

nice one ..
u may not get me .. i don't have time for ALL or ANY of these .. so if necessarily I'll compromise my review to do any
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hay people .. more than 50 viewers .. no advices except form 2 :
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hay people .. more than 50 viewers .. no advices except form 2 :
I guess everyone is out studying
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Bedro how much was ur last NBME? Ever considered postponing the test?
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What do you want Betro?
Every body gave you excellent advice and still you are not satisfied!

If you don't have time then you have to sacrifice what's left to be done

The last 2 weeks should be devoted for review and consolidation of what you already know, never put new info into your brain at this time

So leave FA, and the last two blocks of your UW
Do NBME, review your Kaplan, review the incorrect UW

by the way tell how you did in the exam when you take it
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Do tell us your NBME score when you take it bedro.

Betweeen, you should do the online one alright? Dun save the money and do the offline NBME.
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Do tell us your NBME score when you take it bedro.

Betweeen, you should do the online one alright? Dun save the money and do the offline NBME.

yes i'll do it online withen 9 days .. pray for me
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yes i'll do it online withen 9 days .. pray for me
Cool! Surely will pray for you. In fact, I am actually quite anxious for you too. I think i kinda know how it will feel like.
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first thing try to be relax, you have done alot of things.
Review only kaplan notes, only the high lighted, circled and underlinned things off all the 7 books. It will also be best for you in this situation.
Be relax and confident!

One thing more. dont qiuz yourself now in these days by doing MCQs and renaing UW. only review the previous done things. Review kaplan lecture only!
Best of luck.
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sorry for being away for a while

i have done NBME 10 b4 the exam and i got :

520/800 or
227/300
95 as 2 digit score

and i have also done a Usmle world self assessment on the same day and i got 236/300


my result is about to appear within days as it passed 3 weeks form my exam day

I'd like to thank all who supported me during these days

and please pray for my result to be good
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We'll all pray for you and wish you a great score
Your NBME and UW scores seems promising and hope for the best
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wish you all the best ......
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i don't know why but bad things happened
i got 88 - 214

i don't know y

is that bad ?? for step 1
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i don't know why but bad things happened
i got 88 - 214

i don't know y

is that bad ?? for step 1
Cheer up and celebrate
An 88 score is not bad at all
More than 66% of US students who pass the exam score between 85 and 90. Which means while competing with them you have only 34% above you in addition to those 100 of students who failed.
You still have pretty good chances.
Don't let this down regulate your CK beat and continue your excellent efforts and you'll do great in CK and am sure your score will be higher.

Do not listen to all those fancy 99 stories, still these scores are not vastly frequent.

Having passed from the first attempt is another plus for you.

Wishing you all success my dear friend.
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good going!

you did a good job. kill step 2, no excuses. take out ur anger/frustration by workin really hard and acing this exam.

all the best
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Hey, congrats. you've done very well, I hope you do better in CS.

I just wanted to ask did you have the time to complete the blocks comfortably, or you have to leave a couple of questions in each block
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Hey, congrats. you've done very well, I hope you do better in CS.

I just wanted to ask did you have the time to complete the blocks comfortably, or you have to leave a couple of questions in each block
In my exam, I left one or two question in one or two blocks only but the problem was much bigger in the CK
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I'm asking because I had that problem in CK

Thanx
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I'm asking because I had that problem in CK

Thanx
Those two question should no longer be missed if you read this USMLE News here
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Focus on the areas you are pretty strong in and strengthen them. It is better to walk into the exam knowing 70-80% of the material extremely well than knowing 100% somewhat. You will score points on the areas you are really sure about.
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