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Hey guys I got my test result a couple of weeks ago and I just wanted to post my experience as a a way to give back to the community. It was very helpful for me to read posts about the experiences and methods other people used in order to make a plan that worked for me.

I am going to try to keep this as brief as possible and also would like to stress that I truly think there is no best method. The material is the same but everyone is different and you should cover it in a way that works for you and doesn't burn you out.

Take into account that everyone comes from different backgrounds and this I believe comes into play when taking these kinds of tests. I for example am an IMG that graduated 8 months ago, I spent one year before graduation doing basic research as part of the social service that is required in my country. Also in the year prior to that I had the chance to do observerships in the US as part of my training before graduating. Because of this I came into my preparation with cell biology concepts quite fresh in my mind, my biostats where also fairly decent. However I knew my grasp of the basic sciences was really bad in general, especially in microbiology and biochemistry.

This is very important, KNOW your weaknesses, and be honest with yourself.

Towards the end you should be fairly confident in ALL areas, not just your strong ones. Think of the subjects you dread the most and START with those even if they give you migraine headaches and make you want to build a giant fiery pyre with your books and destroy them with an axe as if you were in some sort of viking funeral.




So without further ado here is what I did:

Time of preparation:
7 months, I think that for IMGs this should be treated as a full time job, I think that 6-9 months for almost everyone is more than enough. Spend 8-10 hours a day, take breaks, go out with your friends every now and then after a long day of studying, maybe even have a couple of weeks of vacation during your preparation! I did it and it helped to keep me from going insane. Again, treat it as your job, and because it is a job you should also rest!

Materials used: (they are in the order I used them)

1. I started out with Kaplan LN and videos (the ones with the green background)
- I Read the chapter first and then saw the corresponding video, took notes on the side margins. I also read the corresponding chapter in Goljan before I went through the chapter in the Pathology LN. Kaplan Path videos at least these ones SUCK, the teachers are not very good, the notes are ok, because of this I recommend doing Pathoma as well (see number 3). For microbiology I read corresponding chapter in Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple because as I said before I felt quite weak in this area. I also went through the biochem videos twice because of the same reason. Make sure you UNDERSTAND the concepts presented by Kaplan, they are very high yield. Memorizing stuff should come second, and done towards the end of your prep.

2. DIT
-Painful and boring to watch, but I would still recommend using it if you have the time. A couple of good mnemonics and a good way to go through FA the first time. (I actually did not have the time to go through FA a second time I could only do half of it and then went through the subjects I thought I needed to revise more). Excellent for memorizing the boring stuff such as interleukins and tumor markers and crap like that.

3. Pathoma
-Pathoma rocks, I highly recommend it, especially If you have gone through Kaplan and FA (with or without DIT). It is an excellent review towards the end of your preparation since he integrates also some pharm and physiology. In my opinon Goljan is too time consuming and overrated. I did not do the Goljan audios, so I have no opinion on those.

4. Uworld
-This is a MUST, as you may already know. I took notes from the explanations on FA and on a separate notebook for some of the tables and diagrams. I did it all random timed 46 question blocks. Started doing 1 block everyday during the mornings and Pathoma in the evenings. Towards the end I started doing 2 blocks back to back. I went through all the explanations both for correct and incorrect questions.

These are the results of practice tests in the order I did them.
(Percentages represent how much of the qbank I had done before doing the practice test)

UWSA 1: 252 (50%)
NBME 16: 241 (70%)
NBME 15: 249 (94%)
UWSA 2: 263 (100%)
Free 150: 94% (did it one day prior)

Step 1 score: 247

Overall correct in Uworld: 71%, 80th percentile. All random timed 46q blocks.

I think NBME is the best predictor as far as my experience goes and reading others. UWSA tends to overpredict. Of course there are exceptions but always assume you are not the exception! Take into account your exam taking skills and how you handle yourself under stress.

Again I would like to emphasize that understanding is the key in order to get good results in a test like this. I felt that the test was fair and quite similar to NBMEs and Uworld. The test actually felt somewhat easier than the NBMEs.
I think that this test is 70% understanding, 20% memorizing, and 10% exam taking skills.

"See through the bullcrap"

This was my mantra for answering questions. Most questions usually ask very straightforward and basic concepts but the USMLE tries its hardest to hide it behind a clinical scenario or some sort of weird experiment, if you manage to see through all this you'll be fine. Sort out the fluff and READ CAREFUlLY. Don't be too eager or too slow, this is why doing a lot of timed blocks are key. Find a test taking strategy that works for you. DO NOT OVERTHINK, if the question seems is easy then it MOST LIKELY IS!

Stay confident and avoid posts about people that failed or people who are pessimistic about the test. Your mind should be clear and focused especially towards the end. I truly felt studying for this test made me a better and more well rounded physician because that is what matters in the end.

You are not alone in this, keep your family and friends close for moral support. Consider getting a study partner if you feel it will do you good. The test is totally doable even though sometimes it may feel like it's not. This test is sort of like a marathon, it is all about stamina and keeping your cool.

Feel free to ask any question but please do not quote the whole thing if you want to reply, it makes it hard to navigate through the forum. I could go on and on about my experience but I think this is what I consider the most useful information, hopefully you will find it helpful.

Finally try to enjoy the time studying for this, I know it is hard, but grasping concepts you did not know or understand before is actually fun (sometimes).
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First of all congrats for your score

This is a well written experience. Very helpful. My question is did you have time problem in exam? The questions were all clinical case oriented i guess. Were questions stems so confusing and really long especially compared to UW and Nbmes? I dont have time problem in uworld and generally i finish the block 15 minutes before allowed time. Time really makes me anxious so it may be weird to be asked about time but i am eager to learn how you used your time

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First of all congrats for your score

This is a well written experience. Very helpful. My question is did you have time problem in exam? The questions were all clinical case oriented i guess. Were questions stems so confusing and really long especially compared to UW and Nbmes? I dont have time problem in uworld and generally i finish the block 15 minutes before allowed time. Time really makes me anxious so it may be weird to be asked about time but i am eager to learn how you used your time

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Thanks Baris, I think I managed time well in the exam, most blocks I had 5-10 min. to spare at the end allowing me to go back to my marked questions. Most of them were clinical scenarios, however there were some questions with short stems that were almost like direct questions. For the really long questions I would suggest reading the question at the end first and then reading the whole stem. Difficulty was similar to NBMEs even easier at times. I know one can get anxious and sometimes rush through the stem but I recommend taking enough time to read carefully because otherwise you keep going back and forth and that makes you even more confused on the more difficult questions or easily overlook an important sentences buried within the stem. Hope this helps.
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Thanks Baris, I think I managed time well in the exam, most blocks I had 5-10 min. to spare at the end allowing me to go back to my marked questions. Most of them were clinical scenarios, however there were some questions with short stems that were almost like direct questions. For the really long questions I would suggest reading the question at the end first and then reading the whole stem. Difficulty was similar to NBMEs even easier at times. I know one can get anxious and sometimes rush through the stem but I recommend taking enough time to read carefully because otherwise you keep going back and forth and that makes you even more confused on the more difficult questions or easily overlook an important sentences buried within the stem. Hope this helps.
Thank you Fibroblast. İt really helped
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Hey guys I got my test result a couple of weeks ago and I just wanted to post my experience as a a way to give back to the community. It was very helpful for me to read posts about the experiences and methods other people used in order to make a plan that worked for me.

I am going to try to keep this as brief as possible and also would like to stress that I truly think there is no best method. The material is the same but everyone is different and you should cover it in a way that works for you and doesn't burn you out.

Take into account that everyone comes from different backgrounds and this I believe comes into play when taking these kinds of tests. I for example am an IMG that graduated 8 months ago, I spent one year before graduation doing basic research as part of the social service that is required in my country. Also in the year prior to that I had the chance to do observerships in the US as part of my training before graduating. Because of this I came into my preparation with cell biology concepts quite fresh in my mind, my biostats where also fairly decent. However I knew my grasp of the basic sciences was really bad in general, especially in microbiology and biochemistry.

This is very important, KNOW your weaknesses, and be honest with yourself.

Towards the end you should be fairly confident in ALL areas, not just your strong ones. Think of the subjects you dread the most and START with those even if they give you migraine headaches and make you want to build a giant fiery pyre with your books and destroy them with an axe as if you were in some sort of viking funeral.




So without further ado here is what I did:

Time of preparation:
7 months, I think that for IMGs this should be treated as a full time job, I think that 6-9 months for almost everyone is more than enough. Spend 8-10 hours a day, take breaks, go out with your friends every now and then after a long day of studying, maybe even have a couple of weeks of vacation during your preparation! I did it and it helped to keep me from going insane. Again, treat it as your job, and because it is a job you should also rest!

Materials used: (they are in the order I used them)

1. I started out with Kaplan LN and videos (the ones with the green background)
- I Read the chapter first and then saw the corresponding video, took notes on the side margins. I also read the corresponding chapter in Goljan before I went through the chapter in the Pathology LN. Kaplan Path videos at least these ones SUCK, the teachers are not very good, the notes are ok, because of this I recommend doing Pathoma as well (see number 3). For microbiology I read corresponding chapter in Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple because as I said before I felt quite weak in this area. I also went through the biochem videos twice because of the same reason. Make sure you UNDERSTAND the concepts presented by Kaplan, they are very high yield. Memorizing stuff should come second, and done towards the end of your prep.

2. DIT
-Painful and boring to watch, but I would still recommend using it if you have the time. A couple of good mnemonics and a good way to go through FA the first time. (I actually did not have the time to go through FA a second time I could only do half of it and then went through the subjects I thought I needed to revise more). Excellent for memorizing the boring stuff such as interleukins and tumor markers and crap like that.

3. Pathoma
-Pathoma rocks, I highly recommend it, especially If you have gone through Kaplan and FA (with or without DIT). It is an excellent review towards the end of your preparation since he integrates also some pharm and physiology. In my opinon Goljan is too time consuming and overrated. I did not do the Goljan audios, so I have no opinion on those.

4. Uworld
-This is a MUST, as you may already know. I took notes from the explanations on FA and on a separate notebook for some of the tables and diagrams. I did it all random timed 46 question blocks. Started doing 1 block everyday during the mornings and Pathoma in the evenings. Towards the end I started doing 2 blocks back to back. I went through all the explanations both for correct and incorrect questions.

These are the results of practice tests in the order I did them.
(Percentages represent how much of the qbank I had done before doing the practice test)

UWSA 1: 252 (50%)
NBME 16: 241 (70%)
NBME 15: 249 (94%)
UWSA 2: 263 (100%)
Free 150: 94% (did it one day prior)

Step 1 score: 247

Overall correct in Uworld: 71%, 80th percentile. All random timed 46q blocks.

I think NBME is the best predictor as far as my experience goes and reading others. UWSA tends to overpredict. Of course there are exceptions but always assume you are not the exception! Take into account your exam taking skills and how you handle yourself under stress.

Again I would like to emphasize that understanding is the key in order to get good results in a test like this. I felt that the test was fair and quite similar to NBMEs and Uworld. The test actually felt somewhat easier than the NBMEs.
I think that this test is 70% understanding, 20% memorizing, and 10% exam taking skills.

"See through the bullcrap"

This was my mantra for answering questions. Most questions usually ask very straightforward and basic concepts but the USMLE tries its hardest to hide it behind a clinical scenario or some sort of weird experiment, if you manage to see through all this you'll be fine. Sort out the fluff and READ CAREFUlLY. Don't be too eager or too slow, this is why doing a lot of timed blocks are key. Find a test taking strategy that works for you. DO NOT OVERTHINK, if the question seems is easy then it MOST LIKELY IS!

Stay confident and avoid posts about people that failed or people who are pessimistic about the test. Your mind should be clear and focused especially towards the end. I truly felt studying for this test made me a better and more well rounded physician because that is what matters in the end.

You are not alone in this, keep your family and friends close for moral support. Consider getting a study partner if you feel it will do you good. The test is totally doable even though sometimes it may feel like it's not. This test is sort of like a marathon, it is all about stamina and keeping your cool.

Feel free to ask any question but please do not quote the whole thing if you want to reply, it makes it hard to navigate through the forum. I could go on and on about my experience but I think this is what I consider the most useful information, hopefully you will find it helpful.

Finally try to enjoy the time studying for this, I know it is hard, but grasping concepts you did not know or understand before is actually fun (sometimes).
congrates fibroblast...can you throw a light on how did you plan ur self assesments during ur prep...how did you overcome ur weaknesses after self assesments...and most imp how did you manage ur time during last few weeks...thanku
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Congrats on such a great score! This was such a great post, especially the part of "seeing through the bs".
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hey finally i c your post.. was just wondering the other day that ur result must have come.. CONGRATS btw !! (:

i bugged u after ur exam & here i am again.. i hope u don't mind :/

well i did postpone my exam & now IA i will be giving in june end.. i just want to know what should be done in the last few weeks like 2 weeks prior?
only FA? or did u do some blocks from UW too?

also did u used to study your weak areas from FA or u skimmed through the whole bk?

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Hey there,
Thanks for sharing your experience, very well written indeed. Great score and I wish you the best of luck with the next step as well.
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Hey faith and pawandeep, I'll answer to both of you in the same post since you asked similar questions. To plan the self assessments I used the qbank as a reference, I planned to do one UWSA and one NBME around halfway through the qbank, then I did one full length exam towards the end of the qbank using one NBME and my last 3 question blocks of the qbank, this was like 2 or 3 weeks before the test. One week before the test I did the UWSA 2 in order to boost my confidence since I knew UWSAs tended to overpredict.
I used both the qbank and the tests to see where I stood on my weak areas, very early when I started the qbank I saw my path wasn't great so that is where I decided to do pathoma (this was actually I think one of my best decisions through my prep), I also rewatched selected Kaplan videos anatomy and a couple of neuro videos towards the end. I wanted to do a 2nd read of First Aid before the test but I ran out of time and ended up focusing only on what I felt were my weak areas and the ones I considered important.
Basically my last 2 weeks were a full length simulation, UWSA 2 and FA + a couple of Kaplan videos.
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congratulation on your great score & thank you for sharing your experience.

am thinking of doing DIT? when would be best to do it?! with FA 1st read, some says after Uworld?? am confused!!
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congratulation on your great score & thank you for sharing your experience.

am thinking of doing DIT? when would be best to do it?! with FA 1st read, some says after Uworld?? am confused!!
I did DIT after Kaplan and before Uworld, I used the qbank as a way to consolidate information because I found out I retained information better when trying to solve questions about things I already knew or have studied before, but I guess it depends on your learning style. As for me DIT was my proper first read I then annotated FA with information from Uworld or looked up the concept in FA while reading the explanations which kind of worked as a second read now that I think about it. My recommendation would be to do DIT before the qbank if you have the time.
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Firstly, congrats on ur score, great work


I want to give my exam in june last week
i scored UWSA 2- 254
and NBME 15- 232,

am i ready for a 260?
wat should i do to reach 260?
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Firstly, congrats on ur score, great work


I want to give my exam in june last week
i scored UWSA 2- 254
and NBME 15- 232,

am i ready for a 260?
wat should i do to reach 260?
kindly help

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It is really hard to tell, I would do NBME 16 as well and maybe another one and see what your average is. if your NBME average is not around 250 I would say the odds for getting a 260 on the real thing are low but since the test can vary a lot you never really know. I think that in order to get a high 250 or a 260 you really need to do 2 qbanks and go through FA at least 2 or 3 times in order to get right the more obscure questions. I would say that if your NBME average is not in the high 250s your chances to get 260 on the test are low. Do a couple more NBME under test like circumstances and see how you do on those and remember that for most people UWSA tends to overpredict.
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It is really hard to tell, I would do NBME 16 as well and maybe another one and see what your average is. if your NBME average is not around 250 I would say the odds for getting a 260 on the real thing are low but since the test can vary a lot you never really know. I think that in order to get a high 250 or a 260 you really need to do 2 qbanks and go through FA at least 2 or 3 times in order to get right the more obscure questions. I would say that if your NBME average is not in the high 250s your chances to get 260 on the test are low. Do a couple more NBME under test like circumstances and see how you do on those and remember that for most people UWSA tends to overpredict.
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Hey guys I got my test result a couple of weeks ago and I just wanted to post my experience as a a way to give back to the community. It was very helpful for me to read posts about the experiences and methods other people used in order to make a plan that worked for me.

I am going to try to keep this as brief as possible and also would like to stress that I truly think there is no best method. The material is the same but everyone is different and you should cover it in a way that works for you and doesn't burn you out.

Take into account that everyone comes from different backgrounds and this I believe comes into play when taking these kinds of tests. I for example am an IMG that graduated 8 months ago, I spent one year before graduation doing basic research as part of the social service that is required in my country. Also in the year prior to that I had the chance to do observerships in the US as part of my training before graduating. Because of this I came into my preparation with cell biology concepts quite fresh in my mind, my biostats where also fairly decent. However I knew my grasp of the basic sciences was really bad in general, especially in microbiology and biochemistry.

This is very important, KNOW your weaknesses, and be honest with yourself.

Towards the end you should be fairly confident in ALL areas, not just your strong ones. Think of the subjects you dread the most and START with those even if they give you migraine headaches and make you want to build a giant fiery pyre with your books and destroy them with an axe as if you were in some sort of viking funeral.




So without further ado here is what I did:

Time of preparation:
7 months, I think that for IMGs this should be treated as a full time job, I think that 6-9 months for almost everyone is more than enough. Spend 8-10 hours a day, take breaks, go out with your friends every now and then after a long day of studying, maybe even have a couple of weeks of vacation during your preparation! I did it and it helped to keep me from going insane. Again, treat it as your job, and because it is a job you should also rest!

Materials used: (they are in the order I used them)

1. I started out with Kaplan LN and videos (the ones with the green background)
- I Read the chapter first and then saw the corresponding video, took notes on the side margins. I also read the corresponding chapter in Goljan before I went through the chapter in the Pathology LN. Kaplan Path videos at least these ones SUCK, the teachers are not very good, the notes are ok, because of this I recommend doing Pathoma as well (see number 3). For microbiology I read corresponding chapter in Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple because as I said before I felt quite weak in this area. I also went through the biochem videos twice because of the same reason. Make sure you UNDERSTAND the concepts presented by Kaplan, they are very high yield. Memorizing stuff should come second, and done towards the end of your prep.

2. DIT
-Painful and boring to watch, but I would still recommend using it if you have the time. A couple of good mnemonics and a good way to go through FA the first time. (I actually did not have the time to go through FA a second time I could only do half of it and then went through the subjects I thought I needed to revise more). Excellent for memorizing the boring stuff such as interleukins and tumor markers and crap like that.

3. Pathoma
-Pathoma rocks, I highly recommend it, especially If you have gone through Kaplan and FA (with or without DIT). It is an excellent review towards the end of your preparation since he integrates also some pharm and physiology. In my opinon Goljan is too time consuming and overrated. I did not do the Goljan audios, so I have no opinion on those.

4. Uworld
-This is a MUST, as you may already know. I took notes from the explanations on FA and on a separate notebook for some of the tables and diagrams. I did it all random timed 46 question blocks. Started doing 1 block everyday during the mornings and Pathoma in the evenings. Towards the end I started doing 2 blocks back to back. I went through all the explanations both for correct and incorrect questions.

These are the results of practice tests in the order I did them.
(Percentages represent how much of the qbank I had done before doing the practice test)

UWSA 1: 252 (50%)
NBME 16: 241 (70%)
NBME 15: 249 (94%)
UWSA 2: 263 (100%)
Free 150: 94% (did it one day prior)

Step 1 score: 247

Overall correct in Uworld: 71%, 80th percentile. All random timed 46q blocks.

I think NBME is the best predictor as far as my experience goes and reading others. UWSA tends to overpredict. Of course there are exceptions but always assume you are not the exception! Take into account your exam taking skills and how you handle yourself under stress.

Again I would like to emphasize that understanding is the key in order to get good results in a test like this. I felt that the test was fair and quite similar to NBMEs and Uworld. The test actually felt somewhat easier than the NBMEs.
I think that this test is 70% understanding, 20% memorizing, and 10% exam taking skills.

"See through the bullcrap"

This was my mantra for answering questions. Most questions usually ask very straightforward and basic concepts but the USMLE tries its hardest to hide it behind a clinical scenario or some sort of weird experiment, if you manage to see through all this you'll be fine. Sort out the fluff and READ CAREFUlLY. Don't be too eager or too slow, this is why doing a lot of timed blocks are key. Find a test taking strategy that works for you. DO NOT OVERTHINK, if the question seems is easy then it MOST LIKELY IS!

Stay confident and avoid posts about people that failed or people who are pessimistic about the test. Your mind should be clear and focused especially towards the end. I truly felt studying for this test made me a better and more well rounded physician because that is what matters in the end.

You are not alone in this, keep your family and friends close for moral support. Consider getting a study partner if you feel it will do you good. The test is totally doable even though sometimes it may feel like it's not. This test is sort of like a marathon, it is all about stamina and keeping your cool.

Feel free to ask any question but please do not quote the whole thing if you want to reply, it makes it hard to navigate through the forum. I could go on and on about my experience but I think this is what I consider the most useful information, hopefully you will find it helpful.

Finally try to enjoy the time studying for this, I know it is hard, but grasping concepts you did not know or understand before is actually fun (sometimes).
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Hello, congrats!!

Did you read the LN only once?

I'm going through Kaplan, I'm doing it like you did (making annotations) and later read again. It's painful, slow and sometimes I try to remember well what I had read a week ago, but I can't recall it well, however at least I understand and keep the concept. What I'm thinking is to forget about that, finished Kaplan (2 week max per subject) and consolidate later with First Aid. I don't want to spend 4 weeks with a subject and later 3 or more weeks don't be able to recall so many things.

What do you recommend to me?
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Hello, congrats!!

Did you read the LN only once?

I'm going through Kaplan, I'm doing it like you did (making annotations) and later read again. It's painful, slow and sometimes I try to remember well what I had read a week ago, but I can't recall it well, however at least I understand and keep the concept. What I'm thinking is to forget about that, finished Kaplan (2 week max per subject) and consolidate later with First Aid. I don't want to spend 4 weeks with a subject and later 3 or more weeks don't be able to recall so many things.

What do you recommend to me?
I essentially did Kaplan once except for biochem, I understand how you feel but I think it is normal, for me the process of consolidating was through Uworld and I just went back to the lecture notes whenever I felt I had to revise a specific concept. Just get through all of Kaplan even if you sometimes feel you may not retain all of it you will consolidate the info with the qbank and FA and use de lecture notes as reference
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do u trust in revising what u have read or doing more and more questions?
I think the more the questions you do the better, you should set a limit on the amount of resources you use, towards the end of your prep I suggest you use only qbanks and FA and use the material you have already read such as Kaplan LN, Goljan or whatever you used as reference only
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This was such a great post. Great advice. Its so easy to feel over whelmed by the amount of material that is available and everyone has such different advice to give because everyone has essentially gone to a different school in a different country and has a completely different way to learn. But thank you for giving such genuine advice and putting things into perspective. Roughly how much time should one dedicate to doing UWORLD, FA twice and some NBME. I also want to do another question bank and I cant seem to decide between the online Kaplan Q bank or USMLE RX. Once again great post. Great luck for the match.
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Hi I am an IMG and I graduated a year ago. I have been preparing for step 1 for past 7 months. Did uworld with 57% first time and 65% second time. Read first aid from start to end more than 6-7 times. Did Qmax (75% only) with average 60% and didn't like it so much. Finished kaplan with 51% percent. I was planning to give the step in end of June but my last NBME (16) was only 300/185. Nbme (12) 2 weeks before that was 198. I am not satisfied with the results and I have some other things to focus on right now so I decided to postpone my exam for end of year as I will have 3-4 months of break from work and studies and I can dedicate time just to step. I am aiming for 240+. Please guys help me out what should be my plan and how should I approach this exam to break 240. And yes you can deduce my problems or ask me additional info for giving better advice. This is my first post so if I didn't do something right forgive me
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hey,

I read your post and I gotta say it was very informative. Thank you for sharing with us about your approach.

It definitely does help reading posts like this. Okay so im also an FMG and I'm thinking of writing the MLE's sometime next year because im still doing my internship as of now. I have a few questions regarding the preparation.

When you did anatomy, physiology and pathology did you approach these subjects by a systemic mannner? For instance take the cardiovascular system did you read about the heart in anat, physio and path or did you do each subject separately? Also most people know that Path is a huge portion in the exam would reading goljan along with listening to the audio notes suffice or should I have other books for it?
Thank you again for giving everyone your input. Congrats on getting an amazing score!
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It is really hard to tell, I would do NBME 16 as well and maybe another one and see what your average is. if your NBME average is not around 250 I would say the odds for getting a 260 on the real thing are low but since the test can vary a lot you never really know. I think that in order to get a high 250 or a 260 you really need to do 2 qbanks and go through FA at least 2 or 3 times in order to get right the more obscure questions. I would say that if your NBME average is not in the high 250s your chances to get 260 on the test are low. Do a couple more NBME under test like circumstances and see how you do on those and remember that for most people UWSA tends to overpredict.
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I got a 248 today on my nbme 16, my exam is on july 3rd, can you please tell me what i should to get a 260
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