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Hey everyone , I am an IMG I just finished the exam and it was a really hard one, the majority of the questions were biochemistry, genetics and micro
Few neuro anatomy, statistics and hemato pathology


Guys don't do the same mistakes I've done in the past few months, I focused on the pathology and I didn't think about the biochemistry as a major part of the step 1, I was aiming for 270 for the general surgery residency program, now I only wanna pass I don't wanna repeat this exam ! It was a disaster ����������
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Hey everyone , I am an IMG I just finished the exam and it was a really hard one, the majority of the questions were biochemistry, genetics and micro
Few neuro anatomy, statistics and hemato pathology


Guys don't do the same mistakes I've done in the past few months, I focused on the pathology and I didn't think about the biochemistry as a major part of the step 1, I was aiming for 270 for the general surgery residency program, now I only wanna pass I don't wanna repeat this exam ! It was a disaster ����������
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Thanks for your post. What were your NBME Scores?
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thank you for your advice in regards to studying anna 1986!

I'm sure you scored well. Enjoy your break in the meantime.
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Hey everyone , I am an IMG I just finished the exam and it was a really hard one, the majority of the questions were biochemistry, genetics and micro
Few neuro anatomy, statistics and hemato pathology


Guys don't do the same mistakes I've done in the past few months, I focused on the pathology and I didn't think about the biochemistry as a major part of the step 1, I was aiming for 270 for the general surgery residency program, now I only wanna pass I don't wanna repeat this exam ! It was a disaster ����������
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First of all you faced the beast and i am pretty sure that you will get a good score. You said you aimed 270+ well this explains how hard you studied. Do you think Kaplan covers biochem micro and genetics well for exam? or the questions were whatthef. type questions and you would have no chance against them even if you studied kaplan biochem much more better?
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Gosh really bad time to give the test I think.
Mine on 28th was also pretty weird to say the least.
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Gosh really bad time to give the test I think.
Mine on 28th was also pretty weird to say the least.
Nbme might have changed their question pool. Whoever gave the exam in last month said the exam felt harder and weird. But lets look at the bright side. Curve will be probably low after this change.
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Nbme might have changed their question pool. Whoever gave the exam in last month said the exam felt harder and weird. But lets look at the bright side. Curve will be probably low after this change.
Every year this happens and every year people who take Step 1 are worrying. No one knows what they do exactly but I am almost certain they do all these changes in a way that it remains fair for everybody!
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Hey everyone , I am an IMG I just finished the exam and it was a really hard one, the majority of the questions were biochemistry, genetics and micro
Few neuro anatomy, statistics and hemato pathology


Guys don't do the same mistakes I've done in the past few months, I focused on the pathology and I didn't think about the biochemistry as a major part of the step 1, I was aiming for 270 for the general surgery residency program, now I only wanna pass I don't wanna repeat this exam ! It was a disaster ����������
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Hey anna.
Thanks for sharing your experience. hopefully you did well.

i've seen polls about best book for biochem and micro, but which book do you think would cover most of questions came up on your exam regarding these 2 subjects?
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Nbme might have changed their question pool. Whoever gave the exam in last month said the exam felt harder and weird. But lets look at the bright side. Curve will be probably low after this change.
yes Definitely think so!
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I gave mine on 27th may. I felt it to be easier than nbme 16 and 15. The score is scaled from mean. So we should hope for the best. I didnt feel I could have studied more to get more correct.
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Hey everyone, i checked some of the answers i found a lot of points in Deja review of usmle step 1 and usmle road maps , the details were also discussed in some Uworld answers but not presented in the same way actually i felt like they have decided to do their questions opposite to what you see in uworld like instead of giving you a questions thats repeated a lot in uworld they are giving you questions about the exclusion in the answers which wasn't discussed in details in FA , FA is good in the body systems but not in the biochemistry, genetics and microbiology , i advice you to focus on kaplans notes and road map series, i am grateful that a lot of my guessed answers in the biochemistry were right


By the way the weirdness in these questions were how they presented them like it was a mystery and look for the magic key ( a lot of questions were about rats and mice on an lab experiments they give you an idea about solution X that was injected which did that changes in the mice " sometime it is either DNA mutations and cell membrane changes or it is physiological vital signs changes or mixed blood lab results u see urine and liver tests and pathological changes " and they injected solution Y which did the opposite or which do similar changes to the rats group and they want you to guess the enzyme that was deficient in the mice under the experimental x ) !! And in all the time your mind still processing X and Y and what is left in your time for this questions so you guess and move on to find out that those mice have cousins in the next questions 😭😂


My NBME scores

About 4 months ago before i start preparing ..

237

6 weeks before 245
Uworld 257

2 days before the exam
Uworld 265


To be honest i don't give these exams big value , because in your mind you are not in the real test so you don't do as good as in the real exam, may be it is me only who feel this way about them


I hope all of you do great in your upcoming exams
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Every year this happens and every year people who take Step 1 are worrying. No one knows what they do exactly but I am almost certain they do all these changes in a way that it remains fair for everybody!
I really want to be agree with you but this is not a fair exam at all. I have friends from my school who studied this exam together. They were scoring same in uworld their nbmes had +5 -5 difference. Well at the end both passed. But one of them got 234 the oher one 259. I think uworld at least knows 30-40 percent of real questions.( Maybe not the all question stems but concepts they are testing). When the question pool changes it takes time for uworld to edit their qbank data.

But anyway lets study hard and hope for the best
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I really want to be agree with you but this is not a fair exam at all. I have friends from my school who studied this exam together. They were scoring same in uworld their nbmes had +5 -5 difference. Well at the end both passed. But one of them got 234 the oher one 259. I think uworld at least knows 30-40 percent of real questions.( Maybe not the all question stems but concepts they are testing). When the question pool changes it takes time for uworld to edit their qbank data.

But anyway lets study hard and hope for the best
Those two people are absolutely not representative.... to what it comes down to in the end.: A mean of 227+/- with an SD of 22+/- , and this is for every exam. This by itself already tells you that it is a fair exam cause the Mean and SD most often don't vary or only slightly.

This exam is fair cause the curve is probably adjusted to the amount of correct answers among your peers. I think that a very hard exam can give you the same score compared to an easier one even though you missed 15-20 more questions... that is my personal point of view.

And again: The question pool changes every year, and in my understanding: Every new question that is added will be tested as an experimental one, no matter if it is an easy or a hard one. People always think that only the hard ones are experimental, but to make it a fair exam I think that all new questions will be tested before they are officially in the pool. No one really knows how the exam is graded or what a "change in the question pool" means.

All I know is that hard work and dedication will get you your desired score.
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Those two people are absolutely not representative.... to what it comes down to in the end.: A mean of 227+/- with an SD of 22+/- , and this is for every exam. This by itself already tells you that it is a fair exam cause the Mean and SD most often don't vary or only slightly.

This exam is fair cause the curve is probably adjusted to the amount of correct answers among your peers. I think that a very hard exam can give you the same score compared to an easier one even though you missed 15-20 more questions... that is my personal point of view.

And again: The question pool changes every year, and in my understanding: Every new question that is added will be tested as an experimental one, no matter if it is an easy or a hard one. People always think that only the hard ones are experimental, but to make it a fair exam I think that all new questions will be tested before they are officially in the pool. No one really knows how the exam is graded or what a "change in the question pool" means.

All I know is that hard work and dedication will get you your desired score.
As i said lets hope for the best. I actually stress myself about imaginary stuff. I dont even know whether i ll face hard or easy one. So no need to worry before exam
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Hey everyone , I am an IMG I just finished the exam and it was a really hard one, the majority of the questions were biochemistry, genetics and micro
Few neuro anatomy, statistics and hemato pathology


Guys don't do the same mistakes I've done in the past few months, I focused on the pathology and I didn't think about the biochemistry as a major part of the step 1, I was aiming for 270 for the general surgery residency program, now I only wanna pass I don't wanna repeat this exam ! It was a disaster ����������
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I know what you mean, I took mine on May 20th, 1 week before de exam I took NBME 16 and got 247 so I was pretty confident the day of the exam. That was, of course, up until I started my first Qblock. The questions were really weird, nothing like the NBMEs or UWorld, also I got way too many Step 2 CK like questions, "What is the next best step....". I'm really worried, and on top of all that there's the delay in the score reporting. I'll post my results when I get them, if I don't die waiting haha.
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I know what you mean, I took mine on May 20th, 1 week before de exam I took NBME 16 and got 247 so I was pretty confident the day of the exam. That was, of course, up until I started my first Qblock. The questions were really weird, nothing like the NBMEs or UWorld, also I got way too many Step 2 CK like questions, "What is the next best step....". I'm really worried, and on top of all that there's the delay in the score reporting. I'll post my results when I get them, if I don't die waiting haha.
I know what you mean i even got three obstetric questions one was placenta previa , the other two ectopic pregnancy and placenta abruption , i hope you get high score, i am really worried , update me when you get your result.
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I know what you mean i even got three obstetric questions one was placenta previa , the other two ectopic pregnancy and placenta abruption , i hope you get high score, i am really worried , update me when you get your result.
Hi Anna!! I hope you will get what you want. Dont worry it is normal to feel that way after exam.

Would you mind to share us your uworld cumulative? Did you do it random and timed mode? How many times did you do it?I really want to know how exam takers used uworld .
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Hi Anna!! I hope you will get what you want. Dont worry it is normal to feel that way after exam.

Would you mind to share us your uworld cumulative? Did you do it random and timed mode? How many times did you do it?I really want to know how exam takers used uworld .
I did it by subjects and on timed tutor mood, i did it twice in every subject
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Hi Anna!! I hope you will get what you want. Dont worry it is normal to feel that way after exam.

Would you mind to share us your uworld cumulative? Did you do it random and timed mode? How many times did you do it?I really want to know how exam takers used uworld .
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I did it random and timed.
Finished at 79%
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I did it random and timed.
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Wooow it is a great cumulative pravnamerchant. I completed %60 of uworld. I have 77 cumulative. I know it is a learning tool. But most of people have more than 75 cumulative score 240+. Please update us after you take your result.
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same here took exam on 27 may:
as fellows said
genetics, biochemistry, a lot of what is the next thing to do, a lot of accidents in the exam and raas system, i have 5 questions about urinary incontinence ( yes i had step 1 exam), child psychology.
a lot of weird experiments and throw a gene in the middle.

also Aliskiren (anti-renin) beware and chaperones and i-cell disease.

but also there was a bunch of easy questions most of them direct.

it's all about understanding the concepts.

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Wow thank you so much for this post. I took my exam 5 days ago and it was incredibly hard. I've never seen harder and weirder questions. And you saying that you felt the same makes me feel that I'm not alone in this.
I took five NBMEs the lowest being 256 and the highest being 264. I'm an IMG and I was aiming for 260+ score. After I took the real exam I'm just wishing to get >240 because it was extremely hard, even harder than all the NBMEs and UW combined.
I got at least 35 anatomy qs, I did both kaplan and high-yield anatomy and I could only answer 10 of these anatomy qs with certainty.
The GI pathology qs were very long and and not easy at all.
Genetics was also very weird.
The rest of the exam was basically like the medium and hard UW qs.
I hope that the question pool really changed to harder qs because that would mean I'm not an idiot which is what I've been feeling since I took my exam
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Wow thank you so much for this post. I took my exam 5 days ago and it was incredibly hard. I've never seen harder and weirder questions. And you saying that you felt the same makes me feel that I'm not alone in this.
I took five NBMEs the lowest being 256 and the highest being 264. I'm an IMG and I was aiming for 260+ score. After I took the real exam I'm just wishing to get >240 because it was extremely hard, even harder than all the NBMEs and UW combined.
I got at least 35 anatomy qs, I did both kaplan and high-yield anatomy and I could only answer 10 of these anatomy qs with certainty.
The GI pathology qs were very long and and not easy at all.
Genetics was also very weird.
The rest of the exam was basically like the medium and hard UW qs.
I hope that the question pool really changed to harder qs because that would mean I'm not an idiot which is what I've been feeling since I took my exam
the anatomy questions i had were. shoulder girdle muscles ( CT scan ) and identify which number was injured, another one is ct scan direct hernia and asking about boundaries, another one coronal brain section. i had 3 questions about portal triad in gastrohepatic ligament.
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Hey guys I hope u all r good after exam,.. i wana ask that is anatomy important for exam? If I do anatomy from UW,FA .. Will it be enough?.? I m very worried cuz my exam is in 2 months and my anatomy is really bad..plz guide
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Hey my dear, please don't depend on FA or UW , the last exams so far are not close to what we see in those two rapid review sources, they have changed the questions presentation in a way that you really need to understand the basics subjects in details and by the way it is now more in the clinical side, anatomy for me was like the MRCS part 1,interesting and easy, mainly they present a radiological picture or a case with a significant injury that affect nerve or blood supply , i think the anatomy's main questions were about the brain blood supply and its relation to the brain injury and aneurysms , brachial plexus and UL injuries, The anatomy of the inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, blood supply of the pancreas, stomach and liver ( i had a question about a mass that is capsulated in the right upper quadrant that is pressuring on the gall bladder and causing jaundice and severe episodes of vomiting, at the end they ask you about the safest way to dissect that mass : the answers are blood supplies related to the GB, Liver and stomach, so you will need to think about the one with less blood loss and won't affect the surrounding anatomy ), anatomy of the LL, anatomy of the thyroid and tracheostomy. I don't think i left anything �� sorry it is just that anatomy is really important and at the same time don't give it more than 3 days because biochemistry, genetics and micro are the big deal focus on them .
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hiii guys,
I feel relieved after reading this thread , my exam was pretty weird tooo my last nbme online was 250. But now I'm afraid I won't even pass. and 3 weeks is wayyy to long to wait.
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I feel relieved after reading this thread , my exam was pretty weird tooo my last nbme online was 250. But now I'm afraid I won't even pass. and 3 weeks is wayyy to long to wait.
hey join the club :-)
for all us guys after 13 May they said 9th july on the website as our score day so that makes it 4 weeks!
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for all us guys after 13 May they said 9th july on the website as our score day so that makes it 4 weeks!
Yeah the wait is horrible especially for those who took their exam in mid may
But I remember reading that most scores will be reported on 9th of July so would it mean that the remaining score could be reported earlier ? I'm still hoping that there is a chance .
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guys you scared hell out of me. There should be some correlation with nbmes. İsnt it step 1 exam?

As far as i can see being familiar with CT s and MR s is much more important than reading kaplan book and first aid for anatomy? Am i right?
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can u guys plz tell some good source for those CTs & MRIs??
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Hi guys. Don't you think that such histeria occurs each single year and everybody scared and confused after this exam. I personally think it's useless to scare each other how difficult it was. My test was on June 2 and also was weird, but I think our feelings are typical for period of waiting.
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All CTs and MRIs that you need are in UW and Kaplan anatomy. Don't waste your time on side sources.
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All CTs and MRIs that you need are in UW and Kaplan anatomy. Don't waste your time on side sources.

I beg to differ.
Every exam is different so its hard to generalise.
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guys you scared hell out of me. There should be some correlation with nbmes. İsnt it step 1 exam?

As far as i can see being familiar with CT s and MR s is much more important than reading kaplan book and first aid for anatomy? Am i right?
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Yeah the wait is horrible especially for those who took their exam in mid may
But I remember reading that most scores will be reported on 9th of July so would it mean that the remaining score could be reported earlier ? I'm still hoping that there is a chance .


Yup!
My friend gave hers on 13th May and she got her result already.
Hope we get lucky too, I cant focus on anything else and am wasting time watching TV :-(

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my exam was on 9th ( yesterday )
I have a terrible feeling. The real exam is nowhere close to the Nbmes or uwsa.
As everyone else have posted even I felt anatomy and biochemistry were very weird and few questions in other subjects as well...
I went to the exam hoping for a 240 but now I have no idea. Am scared if my dream can come true.
The wait will kill me and have to prepare for ck in another 2 n half months to apply this year ..
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Yup!
My friend gave hers on 13th May and she got her result already.
Hope we get lucky too, I cant focus on anything else and am wasting time watching TV :-(

Can you share how your friend felt about the exam and what were her Nbme scores and the real score..
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my exam was on 9th ( yesterday )
I have a terrible feeling. The real exam is nowhere close to the Nbmes or uwsa.
As everyone else have posted even I felt anatomy and biochemistry were very weird and few questions in other subjects as well...
I went to the exam hoping for a 240 but now I have no idea. Am scared if my dream can come true.
The wait will kill me and have to prepare for ck in another 2 n half months to apply this year ..
Ya same feeling here.
So what were your NBMES?

Two of my friends got 5-6 points less than their NBMEs and they found the exam hard.
Lets hope for the best.
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Ya same feeling here.
So what were your NBMES?

Two of my friends got 5-6 points less than their NBMEs and they found the exam hard.
Lets hope for the best.
Let's hope for the best..
Nbme 15 234
Nbme 16 237
Nbme 11 245
Uwsa 1 250
Uwsa 2 256
My exam went horribly bad.. At a point of time wanted to walk out if I had a chance... Donno what to expect
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My exam was on 3 June. First block was really hard with many questions I have never heard about. Other block were more like NBME and UW.
My NBMEs are:
NBME 15: 256
NBME 13: 254
NBME 12: 256
NBME 11: 254
NBME 16: 251
NBME 7: 249
After the real exam I have no idea how far my score is from NBMEs. Don't panic guys. All that you've done is done. You can't change it. Change your perception of this.
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NBME 15 245
NBME 16 247

Very True Dr.Roman
Good luck to all of us!
I have started a 9th July thread please lets continue over there

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NBME 16 247

Very True Dr.Roman
Good luck to all of us!
Maybe we should start a 9th July thread soon and keep in touch.
Good idea. 30 may is a bit confusing
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my exam was at 29th of may....and it was not even close to u world...75 percent the questions were either research based<deep concepts>or very straight forward...tricky clinical anatomy was heavily tested...exam pattern is changing guys.......stick to kaplan notes
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What did u meant by changing pattern?? Plz explain u said stick to kaplan notes are u sure about that? What should we do as some of us following this thread didn't gave exam yet..
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Ya same feeling here.
So what were your NBMES?

Two of my friends got 5-6 points less than their NBMEs and they found the exam hard.
Lets hope for the best.
Did u have the boy with a bat in the garage question? What did u answer?
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No Nimit did not have that question.
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I did my exam on 19 may .It was really tough! Many weird qs esp anatomy.I had 3 questions about urinary incontinence!.And yes I got that question asking about the bat in garage (Rabies) .What did you answer it ??
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I did my exam on 19 may .It was really tough! Many weird qs esp anatomy.I had 3 questions about urinary incontinence!.And yes I got that question asking about the bat in garage (Rabies) .What did you answer it ??
Hi,

Yes I also had 3-4 questions on urinary incontinence. For the Bat question, I answered to report if any unusual behaviour.

What did u answer?

Just to crosscheck, Did u have questions on Metronidazole action, questions on Perimenopause?

Good Luck

Have u received any info about your results?
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Yes I also had 3-4 questions on urinary incontinence. For the Bat question, I answered to report if any unusual behaviour.

What did u answer?

Just to crosscheck, Did u have questions on Metronidazole action, questions on Perimenopause?

Good Luck

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I do not really remember about metronidazole.I can recall a qs asking about acyclovir mechanism of action and micofungin mechanism.
As per USMLE website ,the results are on July 9th .Right ?
What did you feel about the exam in general ? I guess only 30-40% can be answered from Kaplan or FA or Uworld.
The qs type was very indirect and weird.
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I do not really remember about metronidazole.I can recall a qs asking about acyclovir mechanism of action and micofungin mechanism.
As per USMLE website ,the results are on July 9th .Right ?
What did you feel about the exam in general ? I guess only 30-40% can be answered from Kaplan or FA or Uworld.
The qs type was very indirect and weird.
Yes I agree that the exam was difficult and in most of the questions, I could only narrow down to 2 choices either of which could have been right (50% chance each). For the same reason, I took more time and only could finish either dot on time or max 2 -3 mins before time. They made it very difficult by posting questions which could very well have 2 probable answers and the no of your right guesses will relate to ur scores.

I had the micafungin question as well and the acyclovir MOA was for me Valgancyclovir in a pt with renal transplant - MOA asked.
Yes the results are on 9th July as per my wife's info who just told me.

What is ur assumption about experimental questions. I am banking that my wrong answers are most to the experimental questions.

Keep in touch.

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Yes I agree that the exam was difficult and in most of the questions I could only narrow down to 2 choices either of which could be right (50% chance each) For the same reason, I took more time and only finish on dot on time or max 2-3 mins before time. They made it very difficult by posting questions which could very well have be answered by 2 options and the no of your right guesses will relate to ur scores.

I had the micafungin question as well and the acyclovir MOA was for me Valgancyclovir in a pt with renal transplant - MOA asked.
Yes the results are on 9th July as per my wife's info who just told me.

What is ur assumption about experimental questions. I am banking that my wrong answers are most to the experimental questions.

Keep in touch.
It is a known fact that many questions are experimental.Lets hope that many of those weird qs will be experimental and not scored.Are you an IMG ? where did you take the exam ?
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It is a known fact that many questions are experimental.Lets hope that many of those weird qs will be experimental and not scored.Are you an IMG ? where did you take the exam ?
Yes I am an IMG. I took my exam in London. I am in UK presently.

How about u?
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Yes I am an IMG. I took my exam in London. I am in UK presently.

How about u?
Iam from Jordan (middle east).
Have you done step2CK yet
?Are you planning to apply to 2015 match ?
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Have you done step 2 CK yet?

Are you planning to apply to 2015 match ?
I am taking step 2 CK in September/October and hoping to get matched in 2015. I am taking step 2 CS in July.

When r u taking step 2 CK.

It looks our questions were similar. Where did u prepare step 1 from?

What materials do u have for step 2 CK?

I have everything for step2. All Kaplan 2014 , Becker's videos etc. But it looks like that none of these actually convert into good scores. U need to just practice exams and have your basics solid.
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I am taking step 2 CK in September/October and hoping to get matched in 2015. I am taking step 2 CS in July.

When r u taking step 2 CK.

It looks our questions were similar. Where did u prepare step 1 from?

What materials do u have for step 2 CK?

I have everything for step2. All Kaplan 2014 , Becker's videos etc. But it looks like that none of these actually convert into good scores. U need to just practice exams and have your basics solid.

For step 1, I used FA (2010;an old edition i knw ) ,UWorld , BRS for patho and physio , kaplan for anatomy,biochem,genetics and molecular and also for pharma.I used BRS for behavioural ,biostat and ethics.

For step 2 I am planning to do MTB 2 and UWORLD qbank.Not sure even if ill do kaplans.

I even dunno if I will be able to apply for this year's match.To be ECFMG certified before ERAS opens on 15 September,I should sit for CK no later than the beginning of August.
Be careful ,for IMGs many prefer to be cerifited by the time the ERAS opens.Program Directors will less likely consider your application if you are not certified .
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1. MICRO... but stuff like Coxiella burnetti
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3. Pregnancy (all random stuff that is not in FA14... they showed up... luckily I also did DIT which covers them)
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For step 1, I used FA (2010;an old edition i knw ) ,UWorld , BRS for patho and physio , kaplan for anatomy,biochem,genetics and molecular and also for pharma.I used BRS for behavioural ,biostat and ethics.

For step 2 I am planning to do MTB 2 and UWORLD qbank.Not sure even if ill do kaplans.

I even dunno if I will be able to apply for this year's match.To be ECFMG certified before ERAS opens on 15 September,I should sit for CK no later than the beginning of August.
Be careful ,for IMGs many prefer to be cerifited by the time the ERAS opens.Program Directors will less likely consider your application if you are not certified .

Yes I am in a race to quickly give the step 2 CK. I am therefore starting the prep soon.
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guys what are your advices for us who havent given the exam yet? What would you do to be better prepared for this exam?

İf 50% of questions could be answered from fa i would rate it considerably high. Fa is a very basic highest of high yields review book.
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İf 50% of questions could be answered from fa i would rate it considerably high. Fa is a very basic highest of high yields review book.
Pay additional attention to anatomy and biochemistry. I used Kaplan, FA and UW for anatomy, was not enough in my test. May be it's a good idea to read HY Gross anatomy. Kaplan biochemistry is ok, but need to be revised before exam
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What did u meant by changing pattern?? Plz explain u said stick to kaplan notes are u sure about that? What should we do as some of us following this thread didn't gave exam yet..
pattern changing mean they r not using buzz words for a typical synarios.....they make it research type question and then ask about the mechanism of action of drug
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i gave my exam on 29th may.. found my exam extremely tough and LENGTHY!!!.. did not have time to review my marked qs!!.. first 6 blocks were extremely unfamiliar with lots of anat qs,lab experiments, qs on most probable risk factors, qs on route of infection transmission in micro, and 3-4 qs on urinary incontinence which i screwed up .. there were many direct qs.. too direct like types of cyt p450 ezy.. even ethics qs were confusing.. but over all, i was feeling the time pressure to complete answering all qs due to LENGTHY qs!!.. except my last block was which was just like NBMEs in which i managed to have time for review... weird weird exam.. tensed about the results now..
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i gave my exam on 29th may.. found my exam extremely tough and LENGTHY!!!.. did not have time to review my marked qs!!.. first 6 blocks were extremely unfamiliar with lots of anat qs,lab experiments, qs on most probable risk factors, qs on route of infection transmission in micro, and 3-4 qs on urinary incontinence which i screwed up .. there were many direct qs.. too direct like types of cyt p450 ezy.. even ethics qs were confusing.. but over all, i was feeling the time pressure to complete answering all qs due to LENGTHY qs!!.. except my last block was which was just like NBMEs in which i managed to have time for review... weird weird exam.. tensed about the results now..
Hey what are your nbme scores?
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I gave mine on 28th may and it was very difficult. My NbME scores were NBME 11 230, nbme 13 224 and nbme 15 232. Hope I pass the exam.
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i gave my exam on 29th may.. found my exam extremely tough and LENGTHY!!!.. did not have time to review my marked qs!!.. first 6 blocks were extremely unfamiliar with lots of anat qs,lab experiments, qs on most probable risk factors, qs on route of infection transmission in micro, and 3-4 qs on urinary incontinence which i screwed up .. there were many direct qs.. too direct like types of cyt p450 ezy.. even ethics qs were confusing.. but over all, i was feeling the time pressure to complete answering all qs due to LENGTHY qs!!.. except my last block was which was just like NBMEs in which i managed to have time for review... weird weird exam.. tensed about the results now..
I gave it on 28th and had all the same topics as you mentioned!!
phew, anyway good luck to all of us.

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phew, anyway good luck to all of us.
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i gave my exam on 29th may.. found my exam extremely tough and LENGTHY!!!.. did not have time to review my marked qs!!.. first 6 blocks were extremely unfamiliar with lots of anat qs,lab experiments, qs on most probable risk factors, qs on route of infection transmission in micro, and 3-4 qs on urinary incontinence which i screwed up .. there were many direct qs.. too direct like types of cyt p450 ezy.. even ethics qs were confusing.. but over all, i was feeling the time pressure to complete answering all qs due to LENGTHY qs!!.. except my last block was which was just like NBMEs in which i managed to have time for review... weird weird exam.. tensed about the results now..
Same feelings here..my exam too was on 29th may . Hope we get through this
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Hey everyone , I am an IMG I just finished the exam and it was a really hard one, the majority of the questions were biochemistry, genetics and micro
Few neuro anatomy, statistics and hemato pathology


Guys don't do the same mistakes I've done in the past few months, I focused on the pathology and I didn't think about the biochemistry as a major part of the step 1, I was aiming for 270 for the general surgery residency program, now I only wanna pass I don't wanna repeat this exam ! It was a disaster ����������
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Just got my score today! 242! NBME 16 said 247. I'm so happy since the exam was so much harder than the NBME's

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Just got my score today! 242! NBME 16 said 247. I'm so happy since the exam was so much harder than the NBME's

Congratulations! that's ana amazing mark
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Congratulation i am so happy for you ❤️
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Hey Anna.....did you get your score??
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