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Old 04-27-2014
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Hi guys,

I am current doing some heavy rotations at medical school. However, I am set to take my step 1 in August. I have had to balance step 1 studying with my medical school learning. So, I have been preparing in a very Ďpart-timeí fashion for > 5 months. This included doing the following:
  • First aid 2012: Going through it at 2 to 3 times by now.
  • Goljan: Listening to Goljan audio once without taking notes.
  • Pathoma: Watching the videos and going through the book once.
  • DIT: Watching all the videos to the end, once.
  • UWorld: I have only done about 200 questions so far. My most recent averages are in the realm of 40 to 60%. They are not very consistent at the moment. I have to also mention that these questions were done a while back before I finished DIT and pathoma. I feel like DIT has really helped make sense of a lot of the concepts and create a structure in my head. I definitely think I should see more improvement now.
  • I havenít done any of the NBMEs or self-assessments just yet.

My target score is a 250, only because I would be happy enough with a 240 or 230. I like to aim high so that I can force myself to work harder and then itís not the end of the world if I am even -20 points from the target score.

Iíd like advice on what to do next. I have a thoroughly annotated first aid from different resources (FA2012 + Pathoma + DIT + Some UWorld; but not Goljan; I just listened to his audios).
  1. What should I do next? How should I approach the remaining 3 months to bring up my UWorld averages and become more consistent? Just keep reviewing my now annotated FA + doing questions?
  2. My other concern is that Iím just not good at remembering stuff. If I look over something, next day Iíll forget it. I have to extra length to try and remember stuff. When I look at my annotated FA, thereís so much good stuff within it, but how do I go about essentially memorizing all of it? Any help or advice with this?
  3. I realize that I am using FA2012. Would it be a good idea to go through FA2014 and add any changes or additions from that to my annotated FA?
  4. What averages should I be aiming for on each block of 46 questions on UWorld?
  5. Anything else?

It is definitely going to be tricky since I am doing my rotation stuff as well. I will get a good 6 to 7 weeks of free time before the exam to do some final prep in August.

This is such an important test in anyoneís life. I truly appreciate any help or guidance I can receive from you guys.

Thank you
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Hi guys,

just wanted to resurface this.

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I would suggest you to do an NBME test to see what your score would be by now. Afterwards, start studying from the subjects that are your weakest points and do ALL the uworld while revising...
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I would suggest you to do an NBME test to see what your score would be by now. Afterwards, start studying from the subjects that are your weakest points and do ALL the uworld while revising...
Thank you!

Is there a link which talks about the different NBME options out there and various ways to access it?

What sort of scores should I be aiming for on UWorld blocks if my target is to get 250?

I've been told by others to try and go through FA2014 instead as 2012 was the worst edition in many years. Should I bother with it since I only have limited time?

Any other advice? from anyone?

Thank you
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Well, I have not taken the steps yet,but i have read many threads about it. I would suggest go through the 2014 edition,if it is matter of money you can still find it from somewhere to download, but i do not know for sure if there is a difference. When i am done with 2nd revision i will take the NBME6 and 11...All of them they say are accurate...ONLY THE nbme will assess your performance...don't count on uworld...of course if you have above 70% you are perfect BUT ONLY nbme can predict your score...so, try to take these first and see how it's going...so,i you need 250 you should also score high in NBME...
i hope i made some things clear a little...and 3 months is a lot of time...you can improve many fields...
Good luck...
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