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View Poll Results: Time needed for Graduates to prepare for USMLE Step 1?
< 3 months 34
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Default Time needed for International Medical Graduates to prepare for USMLE Step 1

In addition to voting in the poll above please post your reply with details so that we get a grasp of the real situation.

Please note that this thread and poll is for graduates only, mainly IMG grads
For time needed by medical students check this poll Timed Needed for Medical Students to prepare for USMLE Step 1

Please follow this format (which is a true example of my USMLE step 1 experience)

Time needed: 14 Months
Average study hours per day: Eight
Scored: 235/98 (u can leave blank if you don't want to tell)
Years since graduation at time of test: 2 years

Also check the following links for the other steps:
time needed for Step 2 CS preparation
time needed for Step 2 CK preparation
time needed for Step 3 preparation

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Time needed: 16 Months
Average study hours per day: 12
Scored: 222/91
Years since graduation at time of test: 4 years
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Time needed: 3 Months
Average study hours per day: 10
Scored: 247/99
Years since graduation at time of test: Medical Student

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Time needed: 8 Months
Average study hours per day: 8
Scored: 237/99
Years since graduation at time of test: 2 years
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Time needed: 5 Months
Average study hours per day: 8
Scored: 245/99
Years since graduation at time of test: 3 years
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I posted a thread with a great guide for medical students scheduling of USMLE Step 1 preparation here' the link
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Time needed: 6 Months
Average study hours per day: 10
Scored: 229/95
Years since graduation at time of test: 2 years

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My total study duration was 5 months..6 hrs a day..not everyday continously since i did it along with my third yr subjects..but last two months worked upto 10 hrs a day..scored 237/98..i am medical student doing my final yr now.
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time needed- 4 months
hours per day- 8
score- 247/99 test taken on 9th september 2009
year of graduation- 2009
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time needed- 7 months
hours per day- 8
score- 238/99 test taken in November 2009
year of graduation- 2007
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This is pretty crazy long times. My school doesn't even let you take more than 4.5 months and most people do it in 2-3 months.

What schools are you guys from, especially those that say 8 months or more?
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This is pretty crazy long times. My school doesn't even let you take more than 4.5 months and most people do it in 2-3 months.

What schools are you guys from, especially those that say 8 months or more?
It's mentioned in the first post that this poll is for graduate not medical students.

I created a poll for medical students here
Timed Needed for Medical Students to prepare for USMLE Step 1
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time needed 6 months
247/99
6-7 hours a day
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Time needed: 7 Months
Average study hours per day: 9
Scored: 243/99
Years since graduation at time of test: 2 years
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Time needed- 5 months
Average study hour/day- 6-7hours
scored-230/99
year since graduation -8 yrs
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Time needed: 4.5 Months
Average study hours per day: 4 or 5 at max
Average Time spent watching TV Serials: 3-4 :P Lol
Scored: 249/99
Years since graduation at time of test: 5 Month :P

I believe people reading this thread can have an estimation of the timeline but should NOT follow it as everyone has a different aptitude.

Good Luck and Cheers Buddies and Don't forget First Aid If you wanna Ace this beast ... Lol
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6 monthis enough for study atleast 10 hours a day
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It would be nice also to know under what conditions? I mean... "old" IMG were working or just preparing the exam...this can be a bias in making a conclusion.

I would like to make the question that: the years for graduation are inversely proportional to the score?
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Time to prepare: 8 months
Average study time: 5 hours per day
Score: 237/84
Time from graduation when test taken: 11 years
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IMG, from pakistan
time taken; 4 months,
average hours of study; 3-5 at max
other activities; post graduate training, part time private job, could get only 7 days leave from my hospital for the exam n none from the private job
Score;212
Years since graduation; 6 yrs
so i would say if u can give it a little more time thn u can easily score higher.
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Time needed: 10 Months (Till Aug when I take the exam)
Average study hours per day: 2-3hr/d (Nov-Apr, was working full time)
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Years since graduation at time of test: 4 1/2 years
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time needed: 8mths
average study hrs/d: 2-3 ( work 2 jobs)
score: not taken exam yet
yrs of graduation: 10
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time taken:6months
score:256
yog:same year
hours/day:10 concentrated hours
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Time needed- 10 months
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Time needed: 7 months
Average Study: 8 hours
Score: 268/91
Time since Graduation: 2 years
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10 months ..years since grad ; 2 years
step1 229/83
avge stdy hours/day ;8
i believe the best duration is 8 months on the avage
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Time needed: 4.5 Months
Average study hours per day: 4 or 5 at max
Average Time spent watching TV Serials: 3-4 :P Lol
Scored: 249/99
Years since graduation at time of test: 5 Month :P

I believe people reading this thread can have an estimation of the timeline but should NOT follow it as everyone has a different aptitude.

Good Luck and Cheers Buddies and Don't forget First Aid If you wanna Ace this beast ... Lol

i dont get it.. how people score well by giving it just 4-5 months...
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i dont get it.. how people score well by giving it just 4-5 months...
some are really good ... some are students or had been recently graduated so remember stuff well than a person who is graduated for more than a decade .... and in the end some are lucky and had their prayers worth ....

it doesn't matter because every person is different in the end ....know your potential and act accordingly ...but remember you don't know your limits until you have been pushed beyond them.
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some are really good ... some are students or had been recently graduated so remember stuff well than a person who is graduated for more than a decade .... and in the end some are lucky and had their prayers worth ....

it doesn't matter because every person is different in the end ....know your potential and act accordingly ...but remember you don't know your limits until you have been pushed beyond them.
it seems to be a full pregnancy for most though

but i think 4-5 months if you focus 10hrs a day will be enough if your yog is less than 5 and you have been active in the medical field too.
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it seems to be a full pregnancy for most though

but i think 4-5 months if you focus 10hrs a day will be enough if your yog is less than 5 and you have been active in the medical field too.
Lol .... yeah but it depends upon the priorities one have .... i mean most of the girls out here tend to study for the steps after marriage and hence their priorities change all of a sudden ...kids , husband ,in laws and whatsoever .... so they will require more time ....

That goes for a guy as well .... marriage + job + family matters ... and then to study with a clear mind....so the chances of attempting the step in 4-5 months seems bleak ...but again it depends upon ones capability
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Time needed: 7 Months
Average study hours per day: Mon - Fri 6 hours Sat 4 hours
Scored: 235
Years since graduation at time of test: 1 year
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Hi USMLE forums..
First of all, I would like to thank you all for this great forum and for all those who shares us with their experiences.
I wonder how can a very old IMG mother with a lot of responsibilities .. study for step 1
Will u pls. Help me setup a plan and what r the fundamental study resources ...
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Time needed:11 Months
Average study hours per day: 8
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Time needed:11 Months
Average study hours per day: 8
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Thank u very much Akash for ur kind reply.
Will u plz tell me what kind of resources u studied...!?
I have already Kaplan lecture notes and First Aid (not up to date editions....does this really matter??).
Now I am planning to get those materials (based on my search through out the net!):
1.Kaplan videos,
2.Kaplan Q bank, or Uworld?? (Which is best??)
3.Microbiology made ridiculously simple,
4.Neuromanatomy made ridiculously simple,
5.Clinical Physiology made ridiculously simple,
6.Lange Pharma cards,
7.Lange Biochemistry and Genetics cards,
8.Pathoma,
9. Behavioral science BRS.
Do u think I can made it w such a heavy load according to ur plan???
Thank u so much
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Thank u very much Akash for ur kind reply.
Will u plz tell me what kind of resources u studied...!?
I have already Kaplan lecture notes and First Aid (not up to date editions....does this really matter??).
Now I am planning to get those materials (based on my search through out the net!):
1.Kaplan videos,
2.Kaplan Q bank, or Uworld?? (Which is best??)
3.Microbiology made ridiculously simple,
4.Neuromanatomy made ridiculously simple,
5.Clinical Physiology made ridiculously simple,
6.Lange Pharma cards,
7.Lange Biochemistry and Genetics cards,
8.Pathoma,
9. Behavioral science BRS.
Do u think I can made it w such a heavy load according to ur plan???
Thank u so much
Old edition kaplan lec notes can be used.. doesnt matter.. purchase the new first aid that will come in this jan.. Revise first aid atleast thrice.
I read kaplan lec notes for all subjects except patho.. for which i did goljan.

uworld qbank is the best.. U can also go for usmle rx or kaplan qbank.
do as many mcqs as you can..
as per one study the more Qbanks u solve, higher score you get.

Plan up ur studies according to your speed.. you are the best judge for your capacities..

just dont take this exam lighly.. it is a competitve exam..
all the best.
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Old edition kaplan lec notes can be used.. doesnt matter.. purchase the new first aid that will come in this jan.. Revise first aid atleast thrice.
I read kaplan lec notes for all subjects except patho.. for which i did goljan.

uworld qbank is the best.. U can also go for usmle rx or kaplan qbank.
do as many mcqs as you can..
as per one study the more Qbanks u solve, higher score you get.

Plan up ur studies according to your speed.. you are the best judge for your capacities..

just dont take this exam lighly.. it is a competitve exam..

all the best.



Dear Akash,
Thank u very much for ur helpful advices..again..some more Q
Did u read Q banks w Kaplan lecture notes alone w/out audios? And no need for other books???
Pathology by Goljan or Pathoma ??
How did u start ur study ..by systems ..(e.g. CVS:Anatomy, PHysiology,Pathology....etc.), or by subjects ( Anatomy, Physio...and so on)???
I know it is a serious issue ..so I am here in this forum to seek help and advice from sincere and expert friends like u...my very kind and sincere regards.
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Time needed: 10
Average study hours per day: 8-9
Scored: 243
Years since graduation at time of test: 2 years
Used Kaplan Videos/notes.
First aid
For pathology I ready Goljan RR book once. And Saw pathoma Videos (80% of them).
I did 80% of USMLE rx qbank (helped tremendously to solidify or memorized FA). Did all of Kaplan Qbank offline while doing my first review.
Ended up doing usmle world qbank at the end (all of it).
What would I do different if I had to do it again?
Instead of doing 3 qbanks I would do 2 (Usmle world twice (or at least the incorrect ones twice) plus another one being Kaplan or Usmlerx.)... and I would do more NBMEs... For sure!! I dont care if you do them online or offline... but I saw similar Qs on NMBS that appeared in my exam.
Good luck to All!
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Time needed: 3 Months
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what was ur plan ?
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The USMLE Step 1 is designed to assess medical science knowledge and concepts taught during the preclinical years at a typical medical school. Therefore, medical students who studied diligently during their first- and second-year coursework end up minimizing the stress and workload of a USMLE Step 1 review. Regardless, most students start intensive examination preparation on a full-time basis (ie, 6-8 hours of studying per day) approximately 4-6 weeks before the actual examination date. Due to differences in their medical education/training and curriculum as well as the time that often lapses since the completion of basic science coursework, international medical graduates (IMGs) usually need 2-4 months of study before taking the USMLE Step 1.
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hi, How you managed it in such a short time ,being a student at the same time?
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6-9 months .. also depends in how many hours per Day
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My total study duration was 5 months..6 hrs a day..not everyday continously since i did it along with my third yr subjects..but last two months worked upto 10 hrs a day..scored 237/98..i am medical student doing my final yr now.
That's amazing! so It's doable in that much time?
Because my situation is pretty similar.
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6 months if u have basics i guess
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it would vary from person to person
it is all about studying smart, this concept i am still understanding
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thanks
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I did 7 months of intense study plan. Everyone must be prepared for hard work.
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My total study duration was 5 months..6 hrs a day..not everyday continously since i did it along with my third yr subjects..but last two months worked upto 10 hrs a day..scored 237/98..i am medical student doing my final yr now.
I just came to second year should I study something that will be useful for step 1
Can u please suggest me some books for preparing and when should I write the exam
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thanks to all of you guys
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