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Took Step 1 about a month and a half ago, got my score back about a month ago. Followed this forum sometimes so figured I would contribute. These are basically my posts from SDN, but figure I would post them on here as well for the people who don't follow the SDN forum. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.


Overal-not bad at all. Thought it was actually WAY easier than any of the NBME exams as well as usmleworld. Maybe 2-3 questions each block I was unsure about-the rest I felt were gimme's. Had plenty of time each block-usually finished with about 5 minutes to spare. I'd say maybe 2 of the blocks I continued to check over my answers until the last second. My advice: just know first aid. There were only 1-2 questions total that were on step that could be found in Goljan and not in first aid. Just know first aid and DO QUESTION BANKS. I ended up doing usmleworld, all 7 NBME's, Kaplan, usmlerx, and robbins rapid review questions. Here are my stats:

NBME 1 7 weeks out: 260
NBME 2 6 weeks out 260
NBME 3 5 weeks out 260
NBME 4 1 month out 271
NBME 5 3 weeks out 260
NBME 6/7 same day 2 weeks out 264/266 2 weeks out
USMLE WORLD self assessments 2 weeks out 265

USMLEWORLD stats 100% completed random, timed 85%
Kaplan random timed (did this one first)-~78%
UsmleRx and robbins rapid review were around 83%

My goal for what I would be okay with is 250. But my hope is to get above a 260.

Again-focus on first aid. Goljan for me was incredibly low yield. You are better knowing every single detail in first aid instead of learning things in Goljan. Do questions banks!!! And having a year of clinical rotations helps too =)


Ok so here is my advice for step: My usmle score was 269/99. Main advice is DO MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF QUESTIONS!! Not once did I read/study Goljan rapid review, Goljan audio or BRS physiology. I spent the vast majority of my time doing questions. I know its hard to tell on forums which people are just geniuses but let me tell you I am NOT one of those people. In terms of intrinsic IQ/memorization skills I am very average for a medical student. I have to study much harder to get the same grades as those “genius” people in my med school class.'



Refer to my previous posts for what I was scoring on NBME's, uworld percentage etc.

More Hx-I have had about a year of clinical experience before taking the step.Yes it helped a little bit. When I first started clinics I studied my ass off
but still performed very average on shelf exams (70’s range). But my last clinic (medicine) I switched to a new system where I only did questions to study and I did NO reading whatsoever-only questions. My shelf score for medicine=99. So, I continued this method for step and as you can see it paid off immensely.

No only do questions, but whenever you miss a question or learn something from a question write it down on a separate sheet of paper. This is SO important and valuable and high yield-because later on you can read over these notes (write maybe a sentence max for each question short notes-they add up quickly) and remember what you learned from a question a month or two ago.


Now yes you should still go through first aid because this is the most high yield of any source. But go through it fast-limit yourself to ONE WEEK going through first aid. No you are not going to learn even 50% of it in that week but you will learn a little bit and reinforce and learn more by doing questions. I used goljan/brs only to look up things I was unsure about from questions I did-I repeat-use these only as a reference! Question banks (except for uworld) are notorious for having errors so if you aren’t sure about something yes look it up in goljan/first aid/brs or Wikipedia (my personal favorite).
After the first week of going through first aid my advice is the following: do 200 questions a day. This is very doable and you will still have time to write
short notes for the questions you do. I would do the following question banks in this order


1st: UsmleRx-an easier question bank, has some errors but relatively fewish compared to other qbanks. In the explanation for the question it has the first aid page image to view. Good for learning more from first aid


2nd: Kaplan. Also fewish errors compared to other banks. Questions more picky but overall a good qbank.


3rd: robbins rapid review qbank. Would recommend purchasing online subscription so you can go back and do the questions you missed. DON’T purchase subscription to usmleconsult. This qbank is SO INCREDIBLY ERROR FILLED. I started doing this qbank and got frustrated after 1 day because of the incorrect questions and massive amounts of errors. I don’t care that goljan approved it, he has obviously never done a single question from this bank. It is a horrible question bank I repeat don’t waste your money. If anything your score will decrease by doing these questions because the answers are incorrect and the explanations are WRONG.


4th: Uworld. Do this one last so it is fresh. MARK the questions you got right but only because you guessed or weren’t really sure about the answer. Go back and do these in addition to the ones you missed.


While doing qbanks do ALL of the nbme’s, the free 150 as well as the two uworld assessments. In the beginning I did these tests every two weeks. Towards the end I did a couple of week including two full length test simulations


Ok that is my advice. Not saying this will work for everyone, but for me as a student who has a hard time memorizing information this is finally the system that worked for me. As you can tell I’m not one of those superstars that has always done amazing on shelf exams etc that test knowledge. (if anyone wants to know my MCAT score was 34). After doing average on shelf exams I took a risk and changed the way I study and it has paid off. Please let me know if you have any questions about this method-but I think many people would benefit from studying this way.


Seriously almost every question I had on my actual exam I felt like I had encountered a question testing similar concepts before. I had very few WTF questions but had I not done so many questions I would have had many many more WTF questions. A theme I saw on usmle forums is people who
were scoring around 270ish all did at least 3 or 4 question banks-not just
uworld.


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Wow....congratulation, never seen this high score before....
I assume you are american medical student, so this study method probably works for you, but not for IMG. However I agree that doing more questions is higly corelated to getting higher score....
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Good luck
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can u detail what u used for each subject.. anatomy neuroanatomy genetics.. etc etc.. and advice when to start q banks.. first read, subject wise.. how .thanks
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LatinGeorge- you are missing the entire point of my post. I didn't use ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR ANY SUBJECTS. just do questions. stop relying on Book A for anatomy, book B for immunology etc because that wont get you any additional question right on the exam. Just do massive amounts of questions and memorize as much of FA as you can. no additional books needed unless maybe your goal is a 280-then if you have 6 months to study you could throw in a bunch of extra books in addition to all of the quesiton banks.
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hey congrats dude......great score nd nice nd very helpful post
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LatinGeorge- you are missing the entire point of my post. I didn't use ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR ANY SUBJECTS. just do questions. stop relying on Book A for anatomy, book B for immunology etc because that wont get you any additional question right on the exam. Just do massive amounts of questions and memorize as much of FA as you can. no additional books needed unless maybe your goal is a 280-then if you have 6 months to study you could throw in a bunch of extra books in addition to all of the quesiton banks.
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Great post ever, thank you very much, I was thinking about this for a long time, but never take a risk to do so, because nobody shared what consequence it will have. I'm very happy for u. Congrats. Brain needs challenge and problem solving, exercising to think and to find solutions, so it's best way. How long did u take for preparation overall?
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I don't know you and haven't seen any of your post before..but let me tell you this..I have the same bad memory stuff you said you had...and i don't actually consider myself to be that top-notch student that will ace the exam that easily..

All i am trying to say is that I AM TRULY HAPPY FOR YOU...CONGRATS ON YOUR SCORE (i dream of smthng like that)..ALL THE BEST IN YOUR FUTURE and with the rest of the usmle process
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dear congrats for geting such a awesome result,
i need ur help, wel now i m in final year of my medical school and i havnt given any step yet, but i want to prepare for steps from now onwards, but there is litle bit dificulty for me, is that in final year most of the subjects are of step 2 so in this situation its vry difficult for me to prepare for step 1 and study final year subjects both at the sam time, so wat wil u suggest me wheather i should prepare 4 step 1 or step 2? plz reply
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Hey Champion!

u have definitely crushed it.

It is commendable..........
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So I have a question. How long did it take you to go over all those qbanks? And would you recommend doing USMLE world twice?

My exam is on May 12 and I plan on finishing USMLErx by first week of april and then finish USMLE world by May.

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Hei
Thank you for such amazing experience!!!
Can you tell me how you did questions:
you read answer after each question or you read answers after a block of questions?
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And very interesting for me:
how many times you have did each qbank?
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And very interesting for me:
how many times you have did each qbank?
Thanks a lot!

I did each question bank only one time.
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Can you tell me how you did questions:
you read answer after each question or you read answers after a block of questions?
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I read the answer after I did the question-that way your mind is still on the question and you immediately know if you got it correct or not. I like doing that much better than waiting until the end to go over the questions.
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So I have a question. How long did it take you to go over all those qbanks? And would you recommend doing USMLE world twice?

My exam is on May 12 and I plan on finishing USMLErx by first week of april and then finish USMLE world by May.

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2 months for all of the qbank preparation. I would recommend doing uworld only one time. if you go through it a second time you will simply recognize the answers and not learn anything new in my opinion.
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hey congrats dude......great score nd nice nd very helpful post


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2 months for all of the qbank preparation. I would recommend doing uworld only one time. if you go through it a second time you will simply recognize the answers and not learn anything new in my opinion.
And which qbanks you would recommend doing several times?
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And which qbanks you would recommend doing several times?

NONE. do not do ANY qbank several times. do each one only once.
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NONE. do not do ANY qbank several times. do each one only once.
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What is your IQ?)))
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?? I have no idea I've never taken an IQ test.
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Congrats and really nice post ,

Wanna ask u : am currently doing UW , and am not doing great at path and micro mid 60s score in those .

So , what to do ?
And if u recommend me one else qbank to take , that would be great .

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Smile Congratulations! BTW what is robbins rapid review qbank?

That is an awesome score! The advice you gave is really helpful. I've read/heard so many opinions by now on how to study for step 1 and yours is I think the best. One question though, what is robbins rapid review qbank? There is Robbins material and then there is Rapid Review (Golgan) so I am not getting the combination nor do I see it online. You mention an online subscription but say not to get the usmleconsult subscription which is what both Robbins and Golgan seem to use when you use the online content from their books. Could you maybe post a link to this qbank? Thanks.
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Thanks for sharing. I plan to take step 1 exam in Dec this year.
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Hi Mary Jane,
Congratulations on your awesome score! Basically I wanna follow your study plan since it seems really smart and effective.
I know you said you did the qbank in 2 months, so is that for all 4 qbanks?? that sounds pretty tiring...

can you give me an idea how much time i will need for each bank,
ie. how much time for qbank, usmlerx, robbins, and uworld.
also how much time did your overall preparation take?

Thanks a bunch!
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its similar to what is happening to me, the more questions the higuer the score, thanks
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Ok guys iam planning to do three Qbanks,and two Qbooks


Usmleconsult
kaplan qbank
Usmleworld

Robbins qbook
Kaplan Qbook'


Tell what to avoid or not do ! or is this is too much !!
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If you are easily discouraged, do NOT read on..

maryjane, I would like to share my experience with STEP 1 as it was disastrous to say the least. I'm asking for help if anyone has any suggestions.

your plan sounds nice and everything, but here's what happened with me. I studied for about 2.5 months (i know it's not much but I am currently a final year RESIDENT and i need to get it over with to apply as an IMG ASAP). I did first aid (2010) and UWorld (100% of questions, but scores of 60% on average). granted i'm not the best guy in memorization, and i really hate the material which all contributed to my low score. as i mentioned i'm a resident so my study time has to come after a full day of work. i managed to have 10 days off before the exam to review.

anyway, did STEP 1 and at least 50% of the questions i had no idea about. it seemed a LOT harder than UWorld, and i felt that they asked about tiny tiny details which i never even saw in First Aid. but then again, i hadn't exactly memorized First Aid completely. Result is 179/70 (yeah it's a fail), which means (maybe fortunately) that I have to repeat it. but this also means that i have to spend an extra $1,000 and lose at least 2-3 months from my year when i could have been preparing for STEP 2s.

any suggestions on what to do next? keep in mind that i can't have a vacation to study. i'll probably have to cram it in 2 months again, maybe check my low yield areas on my report and concentrate on them more, but i dunno...

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I cant memorise many facts. thnx for sharing your expeience and congragulations
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Thanks so much for your advice MJ.
I'm not even breaking 200s on my practice tests. I'm averaging 1 61% on my Uworld. It's the 2nd time I'm doing it. I haven't been reading First Aid much lately, maybe that's the problem with me. It would be a dream to even think about getting a 260 something, haha, Omg.
I scheduled my Step 1 this November, in 3 weeks. I've been 'studying' for it for about a year now. I was hoping to just get it done with to escape my cycle of burning out & refreshing.
I feel like I have to study a few more months to get up to your practice test score levels. Seems pretty amazing for one to do well with just question banks. Wish me luck!
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i scored 285/99 my result came yesterday

just by watching kaplan videos and not even the kaplan lecture books

such that the first MCQ i ever answered was the first mcq of my step 1 exam>>>>>>>>


i hated first aid since the day i opened it and then never opened it

i loved the videos???and what i loved it paid me a lot happiness in return

Its actually not first aid for every one its just what suits you better to get
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i scored 285/99 my result came yesterday

just by watching kaplan videos and not even the kaplan lecture books

such that the first MCQ i ever answered was the first mcq of my step 1 exam>>>>>>>>


i hated first aid since the day i opened it and then never opened it

i loved the videos???and what i loved it paid me a lot happiness in return

Its actually not first aid for every one its just what suits you better to get
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U got 285 without opening a book or firstaid or solving uworld neither anyother question bank..... Are u on NZT or anything?? Come on!!
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hi, maryjane85
your post is very helpful, thanks a lot!

my question is: do you read all the explanations of the questions? even which you did right and were quite sure about? I saw you recommend 200q/d, but reading all the explanations are time-taking. sometimes I want to skip them but on the other hand don't want to miss anything. I'd like to know how you did. Thx!
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HI MJ.. thnks a lot for your superb post .. but one question.. and indeed its the question striking many of us who read ur post.. how to do questions... i mean doing 200 questions a day.. should we read the whole lengthy explanations... ( which would take a lot of time..) or just do the question and answer.. i mean kind of rotefying the mcq..( which way u can easily do the 200 questions a day..)
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User Name maryjane85
IMG AMG Status Res aspirant
Exam on 01/28/2011 Result on 02/17/2011
Result Pass Attempt No 1
2 Digit Score 99 3 Digit Score 269
USMLE WORLD Score 84% UW Percentage Completed 100%
NBME 1 score 7 weeks 260 NBME 2 score 6 weeks 260
USMLE CD score 97% 1 week Kaplan Q bank 78%, 100% completed
Kaplan Q book NA Kaplan Simulated score 262
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My Step 1 Experience: The real thing: 269/99 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Took Step 1 about a month and a half ago, got my score back about a month ago. Followed this forum sometimes so figured I would contribute. These are basically my posts from SDN, but figure I would post them on here as well for the people who dont follow the SDN forum. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Overal-not bad at all. Thought it was actually WAY easier than any of the NBME exams as well as usmleworld. Maybe 2-3 questions each block I was unsure about-the rest I felt were gimme's. Had plenty of time each block-usually finished with about 5 minutes to spare. I'd say maybe 2 of the blocks I continued to check over my answers until the last second. My advice: just know first aid. There were only 1-2 questions total that were on step that could be found in goljan and not in first aid. Just know first aid and DO QUESTION BANKS. I ended up doing usmleworld, all 7 NBME's, Kaplan, usmlerx, and robbins rapid review questions. Here are my stats: NBME 1 7 weeks out: 260 NBME 2 6 weeks out 260 NBME 3 5 weeks out 260 NBME 4 1 month out 271 NBME 5 3 weeks out 260 NBME 6/7 same day 2 weeks out 264/266 2 weeks out USMLE WORLD self assessments 2 weeks out 265 USMLEWORLD stats 100% completed random, timed 85% Kaplan random timed (did this one first)-~78% UsmleRx and robbins rapid review were around 83% My goal for what I would be okay with is 250. But my hope is to get above a 260. Again-focus on first aid. Goljan for me was incredibly low yield. You are better knowing every single detail in first aid instead of learning things in goljan. Do questions banks!!! And having a year of clinical rotations helps too =) Below is my post AFTER I found out my score: Ok so here is my advice for step: My usmle score was 269/99. Main advice is DO MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF QUESTIONS!! Not once did I read/study goljan rapid review, goljan audio or BRS physiology. I spent the vast majority of my time doing questions. I know its hard to tell on forums which people are just geniuses but let me tell you I am NOT one of those people. In terms of intrinsic IQ/memorization skills I am very average for a medical student. I have to study much harder to get the same grades as those ďgeniusĒ people in my med school class.' More Hx-I have had about a year of clinical experience b.


BLA BLA BLA......have you so much time ??????to post on so many websites
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here is what i have seen in usmlerockers
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Can you introduce what is USMLErx? I've searched it online and what I've found is that it is 50+ videos of high yield First AID
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So I have a question. How long did it take you to go over all those qbanks? And would you recommend doing USMLE world twice?

My exam is on May 12 and I plan on finishing USMLErx by first week of april and then finish USMLE world by May.

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Took Step 1 about a month and a half ago, got my score back about a month ago. Followed this forum sometimes so figured I would contribute. These are basically my posts from SDN, but figure I would post them on here as well for the people who don't follow the SDN forum. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
I am an IMG and I want to start studying for step1
I wonder if studying Kaplan pathology+ Qbanks is enough for a great score?
Or shall I buy a Rapid Review Pathology Goljan 3rd Ed. 2010 ???

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Thanks so much Maryjane, your story and result is so inspiring and I must confess that your advise is the best I've received so far and as a matter of fact, that was the method I already decided to use before reading your post which further strengthened my convictions.
I learn best by answering questions because it stimulates me and makes my brain more receptive to information.

Thank you so very much for sharing your experience, I wish you all the best in your subsequent step exams and in life generally.
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I was gonna post my Step 1 experience, but when I saw this thread...I think you got it all covered.

Congratulations...and good luck finding your calling
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I was gonna post my Step 1 experience, but when I saw this thread...I think you got it all covered.

Congratulations...and good luck finding your calling
PLEASE do kindly post yours also. thanks
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LatinGeorge- you are missing the entire point of my post. I didn't use ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR ANY SUBJECTS. just do questions. stop relying on Book A for anatomy, book B for immunology etc because that wont get you any additional question right on the exam. Just do massive amounts of questions and memorize as much of FA as you can. no additional books needed unless maybe your goal is a 280-then if you have 6 months to study you could throw in a bunch of extra books in addition to all of the quesiton banks.
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Congratulations Mary Jane OVER THE top score
but for IMGs i dont think itll be that good, ill take your suggestion of doing questions lots and lots, i would like to know also as someone mentioned did you checked the questions you were right?
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hello. In your post you said: "robbins rapid review qbank is good one but would recommend purchasing online subscription so you can go back and do the questions you missed. DONíT purchase subscription to usmleconsult!!!"
Please send me the link you referred because I didn't find it !
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Took Step 1 about a month and a half ago, got my score back about a month ago. Followed this forum sometimes so figured I would contribute. These are basically my posts from SDN, but figure I would post them on here as well for the people who don't follow the SDN forum. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.


Overal-not bad at all. Thought it was actually WAY easier than any of the NBME exams as well as usmleworld. Maybe 2-3 questions each block I was unsure about-the rest I felt were gimme's. Had plenty of time each block-usually finished with about 5 minutes to spare. I'd say maybe 2 of the blocks I continued to check over my answers until the last second. My advice: just know first aid. There were only 1-2 questions total that were on step that could be found in Goljan and not in first aid. Just know first aid and DO QUESTION BANKS. I ended up doing usmleworld, all 7 NBME's, Kaplan, usmlerx, and robbins rapid review questions. Here are my stats:

NBME 1 7 weeks out: 260
NBME 2 6 weeks out 260
NBME 3 5 weeks out 260
NBME 4 1 month out 271
NBME 5 3 weeks out 260
NBME 6/7 same day 2 weeks out 264/266 2 weeks out
USMLE WORLD self assessments 2 weeks out 265

USMLEWORLD stats 100% completed random, timed 85%
Kaplan random timed (did this one first)-~78%
UsmleRx and robbins rapid review were around 83%

My goal for what I would be okay with is 250. But my hope is to get above a 260.

Again-focus on first aid. Goljan for me was incredibly low yield. You are better knowing every single detail in first aid instead of learning things in Goljan. Do questions banks!!! And having a year of clinical rotations helps too =)


Ok so here is my advice for step: My usmle score was 269/99. Main advice is DO MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF QUESTIONS!! Not once did I read/study Goljan rapid review, Goljan audio or BRS physiology. I spent the vast majority of my time doing questions. I know its hard to tell on forums which people are just geniuses but let me tell you I am NOT one of those people. In terms of intrinsic IQ/memorization skills I am very average for a medical student. I have to study much harder to get the same grades as those ďgeniusĒ people in my med school class.'



Refer to my previous posts for what I was scoring on NBME's, uworld percentage etc.

More Hx-I have had about a year of clinical experience before taking the step.Yes it helped a little bit. When I first started clinics I studied my ass off
but still performed very average on shelf exams (70ís range). But my last clinic (medicine) I switched to a new system where I only did questions to study and I did NO reading whatsoever-only questions. My shelf score for medicine=99. So, I continued this method for step and as you can see it paid off immensely.

No only do questions, but whenever you miss a question or learn something from a question write it down on a separate sheet of paper. This is SO important and valuable and high yield-because later on you can read over these notes (write maybe a sentence max for each question short notes-they add up quickly) and remember what you learned from a question a month or two ago.


Now yes you should still go through first aid because this is the most high yield of any source. But go through it fast-limit yourself to ONE WEEK going through first aid. No you are not going to learn even 50% of it in that week but you will learn a little bit and reinforce and learn more by doing questions. I used goljan/brs only to look up things I was unsure about from questions I did-I repeat-use these only as a reference! Question banks (except for uworld) are notorious for having errors so if you arenít sure about something yes look it up in goljan/first aid/brs or Wikipedia (my personal favorite).
After the first week of going through first aid my advice is the following: do 200 questions a day. This is very doable and you will still have time to write
short notes for the questions you do. I would do the following question banks in this order


1st: UsmleRx-an easier question bank, has some errors but relatively fewish compared to other qbanks. In the explanation for the question it has the first aid page image to view. Good for learning more from first aid


2nd: Kaplan. Also fewish errors compared to other banks. Questions more picky but overall a good qbank.


3rd: robbins rapid review qbank. Would recommend purchasing online subscription so you can go back and do the questions you missed. DONíT purchase subscription to usmleconsult. This qbank is SO INCREDIBLY ERROR FILLED. I started doing this qbank and got frustrated after 1 day because of the incorrect questions and massive amounts of errors. I donít care that goljan approved it, he has obviously never done a single question from this bank. It is a horrible question bank I repeat donít waste your money. If anything your score will decrease by doing these questions because the answers are incorrect and the explanations are WRONG.


4th: Uworld. Do this one last so it is fresh. MARK the questions you got right but only because you guessed or werenít really sure about the answer. Go back and do these in addition to the ones you missed.


While doing qbanks do ALL of the nbmeís, the free 150 as well as the two uworld assessments. In the beginning I did these tests every two weeks. Towards the end I did a couple of week including two full length test simulations


Ok that is my advice. Not saying this will work for everyone, but for me as a student who has a hard time memorizing information this is finally the system that worked for me. As you can tell Iím not one of those superstars that has always done amazing on shelf exams etc that test knowledge. (if anyone wants to know my MCAT score was 34). After doing average on shelf exams I took a risk and changed the way I study and it has paid off. Please let me know if you have any questions about this method-but I think many people would benefit from studying this way.


Seriously almost every question I had on my actual exam I felt like I had encountered a question testing similar concepts before. I had very few WTF questions but had I not done so many questions I would have had many many more WTF questions. A theme I saw on usmle forums is people who
were scoring around 270ish all did at least 3 or 4 question banks-not just
uworld.


Good luck to everyone!


congrats on the great score.
can you please tell if you did the q banks in mix mode or did you subject/ system wise and what strategy did u do to tackle on to your weak areas.
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