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as the forum is gettin too dull i have decided to start a thread for all December test takers..
Feel free to share your practice test scores, your prep plans and yea lets make this thread happening..

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as the forum is gettin too dull i have decided to start a thread for all December test takers..
Feel free to share your practice test scores, your prep plans and yea lets make this thread happening..

hope to hear from youll..
I was planning on taking it November, but i guess i won't be ready...so prob it'll be December. My UW % is 75% second round. Took NBME 4 and got a 226...still have UWSA and NBME 7 to take....

How about you?
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as the forum is gettin too dull i have decided to start a thread for all December test takers..
Feel free to share your practice test scores, your prep plans and yea lets make this thread happening..

hope to hear from youll..

Hi..I also wish to take ck in december. but still half way in uworld1st time. doing mtb simultaneously. getting around 50percent overall till now.would like to stay in touch
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takin it on december 3rd.

Finished with UW and i have done all NBMEs except for 4 which i will be takin on 25th November..

Did UWSA day before yest and got a 265..

Tensed coz i am gettin mixed reviews. Wanna score more than step 1(255)
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...Ohh..nice..you seem to be quite on track
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takin it on december 3rd.

Finished with UW and i have done all NBMEs except for 4 which i will be takin on 25th November..

Did UWSA day before yest and got a 265..

Tensed coz i am gettin mixed reviews. Wanna score more than step 1(255)
heycan you give me a brief review of what you have already done and what you are gonna do for ck prep?
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So far this is what I have done
NBME 6: 254
UW 70% done, 1st pass all random timed: 78%
Did Kaplan Qbank all random timed before starting Uworld, got a 68% all random timed, felt tougher than uworld.
Taking CK December 12th. Planning on taking UWSA, a full length kaplan sim test and maybe another NBME after finishing Uworld. Doing 2 blocks a day, hopefully I'll be done by next week.
Good luck to everyone, hopefully we can keep this thread alive for support and tips!
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Hi..I also wish to take ck in december. but still half way in uworld1st time. doing mtb simultaneously. getting around 50percent overall till now.would like to stay in touch
Hey dsp, your overall for uworld is a little low. I know everyone has their own strategy but I would recommend maybe doing a good but quick read of all mtb2, get a good grip of the basic concepts first and continue with uworld afterwards, I know many people use uworld as a learning tool rather than to test your knowledge but I think it is most helpful when it is used for both. Be sure to read every explanation carefully, even the ones you got right.
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So far this is what I have done
NBME 6: 254
UW 70% done, 1st pass all random timed: 78%
Did Kaplan Qbank all random timed before starting Uworld, got a 68% all random timed, felt tougher than uworld.
Taking CK December 12th. Planning on taking UWSA, a full length kaplan sim test and maybe another NBME after finishing Uworld. Doing 2 blocks a day, hopefully I'll be done by next week.
Good luck to everyone, hopefully we can keep this thread alive for support and tips!
FIbroblast you are doing really well. how long did kaplan qbank take? and is it worth taking?
I have thisdeadline till dec n so far I still have half uworld left. so .plus revision.
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Hey dsp, your overall for uworld is a little low. I know everyone has their own strategy but I would recommend maybe doing a good but quick read of all mtb2, get a good grip of the basic concepts first and continue with uworld afterwards, I know many people use uworld as a learning tool rather than to test your knowledge but I think it is most helpful when it is used for both. Be sure to read every explanation carefully, even the ones you got right.
you are absolutely right and that s what I am worried abt. may be I should take a break from uworld and read mtb for a while. I intend to take around dec 20th. and I am only half done. Can you tell me when is th ideal time to take nbme?
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Thanks for starting this thread.

taking CK on dec 22. so far finished kaplan notes and videos. UW FINISHED- 68 percent average. MTB 2-3 finished.

How far out is it recommended to take the NBME exams and UWSA?
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you are absolutely right and that s what I am worried abt. may be I should take a break from uworld and read mtb for a while. I intend to take around dec 20th. and I am only half done. Can you tell me when is th ideal time to take nbme?
I don't think there is an ideal time to take an NBME it all depends. I think you could take one now to see where your at, and work on your weak subjects. Don't worry if you get a crappy grade on NBME, apparently they are not as predictive as the ones for step 1 but I think they are still useful. Then do another NBME when you are done with Uworld and do UWSA which may more predictive than the NBME. I am not sure I would recommend Kaplan, I believe it has been updated however the explanations are not as good and it is not as high yield. In your case I would probably recommend against it because your exam is soon. Focus on MTB and uworld, If you have the time go through your wrong questions. The most important factor to make these kind of decisions is to see how much time you've got. I had plenty of time so that is why I did kaplan qbank before starting uworld. Questions are the priority nevertheless, maybe give MTB a quick read so you are comfortable with all of the specialties and keep doing uworld, and maybe try an NBME when you are at 75% and another one at the end. Or do one now like I said before and pay special attention on your weak areas.
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Thanks for starting this thread.

taking CK on dec 22. so far finished kaplan notes and videos. UW FINISHED- 68 percent average. MTB 2-3 finished.

How far out is it recommended to take the NBME exams and UWSA?
If you are all done with Uworld I would recommend taking one NBME now, and UWSA 1 or 2 weeks before to boost your confidence, at least that's what I'm planning on doing!
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heycan you give me a brief review of what you have already done and what you are gonna do for ck prep?
i have done Medine from SUTM and trust me i love the book, OBG from kaplan including the videos, Peds from kaplan (forced myself towards this coz i jus hate it), Psych from kaplan coz its one amazing book to read from and youll have everything u need in there and finally biostats from FA step 1. i was doin UW simultaneously did it twice already. Now started off with MTB 2 (not dat gr8) and MTB 3(hate this book).

Plannin to start with kaplan just to get hold of questions length.. Is it worth it?? atleast at this point of time..

UWSA is a good test with nice question format which will trip u off if attention is not paid.
NBMEs are easy but marking is a bit on a tighter scale..

14 deys to go..
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as the forum is gettin too dull i have decided to start a thread for all December test takers..
Feel free to share your practice test scores, your prep plans and yea lets make this thread happening..

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hey guys ''

Exam 28 Dec.
my studies has not been upto the mark fro Ck (unlike step-1)
on & off i did UW first (without reading kaplan notes )& finished 68%.
then i did Kaplan Obs & Gyne' & surgery (oh i loved surgery book)

now Reading MTB 2& 3 & redoing UW ..
i will take Nbme next month i hope it does not break my confidence..
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Hi all! I am going to take my step 2 on dec 17. Can any one advice m about the nbme sequence. I mean which one to take first and so on?
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I don't think there is an ideal time to take an NBME it all depends. I think you could take one now to see where your at, and work on your weak subjects. Don't worry if you get a crappy grade on NBME, apparently they are not as predictive as the ones for step 1 but I think they are still useful. Then do another NBME when you are done with Uworld and do UWSA which may more predictive than the NBME. I am not sure I would recommend Kaplan, I believe it has been updated however the explanations are not as good and it is not as high yield. In your case I would probably recommend against it because your exam is soon. Focus on MTB and uworld, If you have the time go through your wrong questions. The most important factor to make these kind of decisions is to see how much time you've got. I had plenty of time so that is why I did kaplan qbank before starting uworld. Questions are the priority nevertheless, maybe give MTB a quick read so you are comfortable with all of the specialties and keep doing uworld, and maybe try an NBME when you are at 75% and another one at the end. Or do one now like I said before and pay special attention on your weak areas.
Thanks dear@!.I started uworld randomly but scored low so now doing system wise aftr reding that part in mtb. It helps a lil n scoring near average. So I think I ll finish uworld once and then take nbme!
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i have done Medine from SUTM and trust me i love the book, OBG from kaplan including the videos, Peds from kaplan (forced myself towards this coz i jus hate it), Psych from kaplan coz its one amazing book to read from and youll have everything u need in there and finally biostats from FA step 1. i was doin UW simultaneously did it twice already. Now started off with MTB 2 (not dat gr8) and MTB 3(hate this book).

Plannin to start with kaplan just to get hold of questions length.. Is it worth it?? atleast at this point of time..

UWSA is a good test with nice question format which will trip u off if attention is not paid.
NBMEs are easy but marking is a bit on a tighter scale..

14 deys to go..
Well our preparation material s quite different I guess .and yes you can go for kaplan qbank since yo are doine with uworld twicealready!
let us know how you re doing. Good luck!
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Well our preparation material s quite different I guess .and yes you can go for kaplan qbank since yo are doine with uworld twicealready!
let us know how you re doing. Good luck!
but is it goin to confuse me wth the concepts which i have learnt from UW?
And now its jus 14 days and im just exhausted..

If u say that it is really that good then ill start of in a day or two..

Gonna take NBME 4 on 24th or 25th..

I hope we all get thru this EVER EXHAUSTING process of unlimited suffering with ease..
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but is it goin to confuse me wth the concepts which i have learnt from UW?
And now its jus 14 days and im just exhausted..

If u say that it is really that good then ill start of in a day or two..

Gonna take NBME 4 on 24th or 25th..

I hope we all get thru this EVER EXHAUSTING process of unlimited suffering with ease..

i thought i will Do kaplan Qbank n then UW ' did not happen
so i asked a guy Who scored very Good on boths Steps, i can post link about his experience he said ' kaplan Qbank after UW made him drift away from high yield, it was good pratice for long questions though''

its up to you.
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Can any one Post indictaion of U/S & VCUG in UTI peads?

UW & MTB both are different from each other,

can any one post in detail / proper points please?
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but is it goin to confuse me wth the concepts which i have learnt from UW?
And now its jus 14 days and im just exhausted..

If u say that it is really that good then ill start of in a day or two..

Gonna take NBME 4 on 24th or 25th..

I hope we all get thru this EVER EXHAUSTING process of unlimited suffering with ease..
Umm. if I were at your place I wouldnt take a whole new question bank just before 14 days of my exam!..but it depends on you
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My exam is in end of dec. Did uworld 2 times..scoring above 70..did nbme 6 last night..failed badly..don't know what to do..before doing nbme i was satisfied with my preparation but this nbme has really shaken my confidence.
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My exam is in end of dec. Did uworld 2 times..scoring above 70..did nbme 6 last night..failed badly..don't know what to do..before doing nbme i was satisfied with my preparation but this nbme has really shaken my confidence.
How badly? Just read from ur primary source the topics you scored low and do u world for those topics as well... Im taking NBME 7 next week...
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I got 179..shattered badly..when i do uworld it feels like i know my stuff..i dont know how to proceed further
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I got 179..shattered badly..when i do uworld it feels like i know my stuff..i dont know how to proceed further
It happens to me too... I get 80% in u world and then drop to about 210 in NBME...im just redoing u world for the 3rd time and reading all my notes.... all i can say is work ur ass off and hope for the best :S
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Yes that's what I am also doing. Doing uworld and mtb again..but the thing is I want regain my confidence again cause I am quite sure that my preparation is not that bad. Any suggestions of trying any other self assessment at this time to regain my confidence?
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Yes that's what I am also doing. Doing uworld and mtb again..but the thing is I want regain my confidence again cause I am quite sure that my preparation is not that bad. Any suggestions of trying any other self assessment at this time to regain my confidence?
I would recommend study for at least a week, and maybe take NBME 4...or go ahead and take UWSA!...As i said, im taking NMBE 7 next week (don't think is good do boost confidence :/) and then ill end with UWSA!
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Thanks for your suggestion.. I'll take nbme 4 after a week or so. Hope it won't disappoint me.
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I got 179..shattered badly..when i do uworld it feels like i know my stuff..i dont know how to proceed further
ohh. umm. see dont loose hope. lets find out the problem n solve it together. .you still have a month. why dont you do this:read mtb of a specific system of a subject and then quick review of th same questions from uworld. make a time table and finish th whole course once like this(also pay more attention to those parts you did poorly on nbme).it will probably take 10 to 15 days. then take another nbme..
you ll definitely gain confidence if you go system wise and sbject wise this time
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I would recommend study for at least a week, and maybe take NBME 4...or go ahead and take UWSA!...As i said, im taking NMBE 7 next week (don't think is good do boost confidence :/) and then ill end with UWSA!
nbme7 underpredicts a lil. at least that swhat I have heard. May be go for either 4 or 6.
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nbme7 underpredicts a lil. at least that swhat I have heard. May be go for either 4 or 6.
I already did 4 a 6 ...and im the like that. I rather know the worst case scenario. :P SO if NBME 7 gives me a passing score, even if its low...im good .. Hope UWSA gives me the boost ill need at the end.
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I already did 4 a 6 ...and im the like that. I rather know the worst case scenario. :P SO if NBME 7 gives me a passing score, even if its low...im good .. Hope UWSA gives me the boost ill need at the end.
Damn it is becoming more stressfull as the big day is coming closer..

Do u guys recommend me to go over the FA step 1 completely in this week before the test? I have done step1 in december 2013 exactly a year ago.. I dont remember anything in details except for patho some physio pharma (appropriate for step 2) and immuno..
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Damn it is becoming more stressfull as the big day is coming closer..

Do u guys recommend me to go over the FA step 1 completely in this week before the test? I have done step1 in december 2013 exactly a year ago.. I dont remember anything in details except for patho some physio pharma (appropriate for step 2) and immuno..
I don't think going over all of FA step 1 is a good idea. I did go over stats, the RR at the end, and immuno. Other than that...just keep reviewing UW and MTB or FA
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Is there any whatsapp group for sharing tips, MCQ and HY topics? Iv seen a some but are either full or done with the CK.
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Is there any whatsapp group for sharing tips, MCQ and HY topics? Iv seen a some but are either full or done with the CK.

i joined one but they all taking exam next year , (most of them)
if one of you can make a whatsapp group ,, we all have exam in same month ,we can discuss any topic,

just a suggestion, if every one feels comfortable
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Damn it is becoming more stressfull as the big day is coming closer..

Do u guys recommend me to go over the FA step 1 completely in this week before the test? I have done step1 in december 2013 exactly a year ago.. I dont remember anything in details except for patho some physio pharma (appropriate for step 2) and immuno..

i swear i am in same boat,
last time FA was in dec 2013,
i thought i will do FA but i take 6 hour to do UW block ........

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[QUOTE=o157h7;581753]Damn it is becoming more stressfull as the big day is coming closer..

May i Know what was your % in UW 1st 2nd & 3rd read?
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i swear i am in same boat,
last time FA was in dec 2013,
i thought i will do FA but i take 6 hour to do UW block ........

i have this image some one posted for FA topics
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thanks a lot for the topics it is an amazing list of to-dos...

the first time i did uw was around 78-80%.. but then wat i did was to read each and every block all over again.. now i have started the third time and did 15 blocks of random timed mode.. lingering around 97% hoping to finish it before the end of this month with 3 blocks per day..

i remember u when i was doin my step 1...when are u plannin to gve the exam?
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I have my exam on 18th dec in a few weeks i had already failed my ck before in july got 199. I was actually passing it on UWSA with 224 yet i felt in the real exam i lacked time and strategy to be honest, i had done uworld only once with 62%. I'm working part time 10hrs aday till 1st of dec. I'm only doing UWORLD so far annotating everything i can and doing blocks on timed tutor subject wise mode in order to grasp concepts better and then i intent to do times random the 2nd time. my average is so far 75% and i have roughly 20% of uworld left.

Did NBME 1 on 16th nov: 223

I haven't done step1 yet either but i try reading FAstep1 on concepts i'm weak at....

I'm really in need of help of how to do or what to do next.
I have to do another round of Uworld 4blocks random, timed, read and revise MTB and UW notes 2 times, is that enough?

I have only done UWorld so far, taking notes of every question and for weaker concepts read FAStp1


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i joined one but they all taking exam next year , (most of them)
if one of you can make a whatsapp group ,, we all have exam in same month ,we can discuss any topic,

just a suggestion, if every one feels comfortable
yes we can do that!. if everybody s fine with it
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I have my exam on 18th dec in a few weeks i had already failed my ck before in july got 199. I was actually passing it on UWSA with 224 yet i felt in the real exam i lacked time and strategy to be honest, i had done uworld only once with 62%. I'm working part time 10hrs aday till 1st of dec. I'm only doing UWORLD so far annotating everything i can and doing blocks on timed tutor subject wise mode in order to grasp concepts better and then i intent to do times random the 2nd time. my average is so far 75% and i have roughly 20% of uworld left.

Did NBME 1 on 16th nov: 223

I haven't done step1 yet either but i try reading FAstep1 on concepts i'm weak at....

I'm really in need of help of how to do or what to do next.
I have to do another round of Uworld 4blocks random, timed, read and revise MTB and UW notes 2 times, is that enough?

I have only done UWorld so far, taking notes of every question and for weaker concepts read FAStp1


Do you think i have enough time? would you suggest any other rather better book? do you think i should delay my exam?
How can you do nbme 1? 1 has been changed to 6 now
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Hey !!!

my ck exam is at the end of december . I would like to know if anyone here is interested in going thrugh the mistakes of uw. That way we can actually know what mistake we are doing. anybody interested please let me know. thank you.

Good luck to all..!!!
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Oh Sorry i meant NBME 6... :$
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thanks a lot for the topics it is an amazing list of to-dos...

the first time i did uw was around 78-80%.. but then wat i did was to read each and every block all over again.. now i have started the third time and did 15 blocks of random timed mode.. lingering around 97% hoping to finish it before the end of this month with 3 blocks per day..

i remember u when i was doin my step 1...when are u plannin to gve the exam?

i see'' that is very Good %age,
you remember me from step-1 ?? i see , yeah i took step-1 iby decm 2013,then passed CS & i was supposed to Apply for this year s Match, but due to turbulence of Life & personal matters, i
just could not, & i even could not study for ck & , in rush to take exam in two months i ended up starting UW without reading a single Book, &

Ended up not taking exam , other wie i thought i will do kaplan Qbanks + usmle secrest/ flash cards & what not,
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that FA list i shared ( you are welcome ) i do not think i can do that as time is running out.

here i am , i did just UW first read 68% n now 2nd read % is going very Good masha Allah,

lets see What nbme tells next month,

Exam is 28th December,
yours?

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yes we can do that!. if everybody s fine with it
so '' I am Cool with it'' as i need some one to discuss any Concept i find difficult , Who wants to start Whatsapp Group?
lets decide / or i you guys can PM me your Numbers, no big deal
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Same here was aiming for this years application but i just couldnt..was studying on and off until ramadan where i took it really seriously coz i felt i was just drifting away from books..

Anyway Mine is on DEC 3rd.. too near..

It is becoming too stressfull that i feel i am just forgettin details..

i feel sometimes step 1 was easier.. My NBMEs were upto da mark like early 250s and late 240 (still have NBME 4 to do).. UWSA was 265 last week.. But i dunno started to lose confidence!!

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my ck exam is at the end of december . I would like to know if anyone here is interested in going thrugh the mistakes of uw. That way we can actually know what mistake we are doing. anybody interested please let me know. thank you.

Good luck to all..!!!

hey, I am interested. Kindly let me know what and how you want to go about it!
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I was looking for someone who can just discuss the mistakes of uworld daily as discussion helps us in knowing what kind of mistakes we are doing, also it helps us to strengthen our concepts.
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I was looking for someone who can just discuss the mistakes of uworld daily as discussion helps us in knowing what kind of mistakes we are doing, also it helps us to strengthen our concepts.
added you on skype.
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So i picked my date for the test. It'll be the 22 of december. That gives me about a month to review. Any suggestions? I finished UW for the 3rd time already....should i do it again or should i just go ahead and read my notes and FA CK only? Im taking NBME 7 next week, and UWSA 2 weeks before the test.
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Same here was aiming for this years application but i just couldnt..was studying on and off until ramadan where i took it really seriously coz i felt i was just drifting away from books..

Anyway Mine is on DEC 3rd.. too near..

It is becoming too stressfull that i feel i am just forgettin details..

i feel sometimes step 1 was easier.. My NBMEs were upto da mark like early 250s and late 240 (still have NBME 4 to do).. UWSA was 265 last week.. But i dunno started to lose confidence!!

InshaAllah our prep rewards us


MASHA ALLAH your Nbmes are Good, its Good to keep a little fear ,its gonna give you Edge, & you wont get comfortable.

your exam is very Close , All the Best

we All going to survive this BEAST ! iA
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Same here was aiming for this years application but i just couldnt..was studying on and off until ramadan where i took it really seriously coz i felt i was just drifting away from books..

Anyway Mine is on DEC 3rd.. too near..

It is becoming too stressfull that i feel i am just forgettin details..

i feel sometimes step 1 was easier.. My NBMEs were upto da mark like early 250s and late 240 (still have NBME 4 to do).. UWSA was 265 last week.. But i dunno started to lose confidence!!

InshaAllah our prep rewards us
You are all set man, keep your cool and don't lose confidence, you will do great based on your scores. You are almost done, stay focused. My exam is on december on 12th and I can't wait to get it over with!
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So i picked my date for the test. It'll be the 22 of december. That gives me about a month to review. Any suggestions? I finished UW for the 3rd time already....should i do it again or should i just go ahead and read my notes and FA CK only? Im taking NBME 7 next week, and UWSA 2 weeks before the test.
Maybe try a different qbank? I really do not think going over uworld a 4th time is a good use of your time. I did kaplan qbank before uworld, and even though it may be lower yield, many topics overlap and the question stems are longer so I think that is good practice since I've heard a lot of people complain about really long stems on CK. Best of luck!
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Maybe try a different qbank? I really do not think going over uworld a 4th time is a good use of your time. I did kaplan qbank before uworld, and even though it may be lower yield, many topics overlap and the question stems are longer so I think that is good practice since I've heard a lot of people complain about really long stems on CK. Best of luck!
I don't think i want to give it a try with just one month to go (due to price :S). Would it be worth it doing it offline? Iv never had issues with time, im a fast reader. Any other suggestion? cause i don't think going over world again will do any dif either :S
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I don't think i want to give it a try with just one month to go (due to price :S). Would it be worth it doing it offline? Iv never had issues with time, im a fast reader. Any other suggestion? cause i don't think going over world again will do any dif either :S
Can't comment on offline qbanks, never done one, if you can get your hands on a current one I think is worth a try. I believe that if your knowledge base is solid, the more questions you do the better! Seems to me that you are well prepared for this, maybe you should have taken the exam earlier

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exam on 10th december
Usmle world subscription expired yesterday scored 91% in 1st go , 94 % in 2nd go
i am going to do 20 cases by CF , uworld revision with my friend who has got it ,
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any suggestions what else to do , targetting 260+ iA
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I think you should do another pass of UW.. It is not enough for an acceptable residency..
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exam on 10th december
Usmle world subscription expired yesterday scored 91% in 1st go , 94 % in 2nd go
i am going to do 20 cases by CF , uworld revision with my friend who has got it ,
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any suggestions what else to do , targetting 260+ iA
Holy crap, 91% on the first go? You are probably all set for a 260 man. I am also planning on doing the 20 cases, anyone else can comment on those videos? are they good?
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Holy crap, 91% on the first go? You are probably all set for a 260 man. I am also planning on doing the 20 cases, anyone else can comment on those videos? are they good?




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20 cases i did few videos , i loved it
many things i did not know learned from that videos ( did just 2 so far)

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9 days to go.. gonna take NBME 4 probably the day after tmw..

Any suggestions for this coming week?

Doin UW again 54% remaining so far, MTB 2 almost done with Medicine, MTB 3 OBG done, Reviewing surgery from Kaplan coz i feel it helps u in managing diagnostic questions, Psych peds and biostats is remaining.

Is secrets worth a go? or should i stick with wat iam doing now?
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9 days to go.. gonna take NBME 4 probably the day after tmw..

Any suggestions for this coming week?

Doin UW again 54% remaining so far, MTB 2 almost done with Medicine, MTB 3 OBG done, Reviewing surgery from Kaplan coz i feel it helps u in managing diagnostic questions, Psych peds and biostats is remaining.

Is secrets worth a go? or should i stick with wat iam doing now?
I agree that Kaplan is very good for OB/GYN and Surgery, I even watched the old 2007 videos and they hold up fairly well, the teachers are good. I really don't know much about secrets. You are going to do great, keep it up. What was your uworld percentage if you don't mind sharing and have you done any other nbmes? I did nbme 6 and don't know if I should do another one after I finish uworld (8% to go) what do you guys think? I think you should stick with the sources you are already familiar with this close to your test
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Usmle world subscription expired yesterday scored 91% in 1st go , 94 % in 2nd go
i am going to do 20 cases by CF , uworld revision with my friend who has got it ,
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How many wrong questions did you get on NBME 7?
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exam on 10th december
Usmle world subscription expired yesterday scored 91% in 1st go , 94 % in 2nd go
i am going to do 20 cases by CF , uworld revision with my friend who has got it ,
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any suggestions what else to do , targetting 260+ iA
Your are doing really great.. Can i know your study plan plz and which materials you used?
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What I've been doing so far is whenever I come across a drug I don't remember very well because of the mechanism or a side effect I look it up in FA. So far it has worked to make some pharma stuff fresh again in my mind. I think the most important thing for CK if the qbanks are accurate are side effects, first line uses and a couple of exceptions, not so much mechanisms except for a few psych questions I've come across in uworld asking for schizophrenia or Alzheimer meds and their mechanisms.
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Hi! I just took nbme 4 today and got 190. I am really worried coz my exam is on dec 17. Prepared from uworld and mtb 2. Very confused
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What I've been doing so far is whenever I come across a drug I don't remember very well because of the mechanism or a side effect I look it up in FA. So far it has worked to make some pharma stuff fresh again in my mind. I think the most important thing for CK if the qbanks are accurate are side effects, first line uses and a couple of exceptions, not so much mechanisms except for a few psych questions I've come across in uworld asking for schizophrenia or Alzheimer meds and their mechanisms.
Have an idea about the high yield topics for pathophysiology/mechanism of the diseases?
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I think this is a tough question. The best prep for pathophys/mechanisms is taking step 1 first in my opinion. If you are taking step 2 ck before step 1, kaplan lecture notes for step 2 ck may be good in that aspect, mtb is not good for pathophysiology because I think that book was written for people who already took step 1 and have a good grasp of the basic mechanism for the highest yield diseases. Make sure you read every explanation for the questions in uworld their explanations are very good even if you have not taken step 1 before. 190 is a little low, NBMEs are supposedly not as predictive for step 2 as they are for step 1 but I think you may be risking it a little bit. Consider taking UWSA after maybe doing an intensive read of your weak subjects, use your NBME to see what subjects you are weak in. Consider as a last resort postponing your test.
As for general high yield pathophysiology I would say cardio, resp and endocrine are the biggest, make sure you know your basic physiology and pathology for those systems, I am 99% done with uworld and I felt these were being tested heavily.
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I think this is a tough question. The best prep for pathophys/mechanisms is taking step 1 first in my opinion. If you are taking step 2 ck before step 1, kaplan lecture notes for step 2 ck may be good in that aspect, mtb is not good for pathophysiology because I think that book was written for people who already took step 1 and have a good grasp of the basic mechanism for the highest yield diseases. Make sure you read every explanation for the questions in uworld their explanations are very good even if you have not taken step 1 before. 190 is a little low, NBMEs are supposedly not as predictive for step 2 as they are for step 1 but I think you may be risking it a little bit. Consider taking UWSA after maybe doing an intensive read of your weak subjects, use your NBME to see what subjects you are weak in. Consider as a last resort postponing your test.
As for general high yield pathophysiology I would say cardio, resp and endocrine are the biggest, make sure you know your basic physiology and pathology for those systems, I am 99% done with uworld and I felt these were being tested heavily.
Thanks so much for your detailed reply and important piece of advice. I really appreciate it!
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hello everybody and good luck on ck

decided to write post here, cause i'm feeling really down right now. started UW several days ago and my average is 61 %, 34 percentile, feel like crap, have gone through MTB 2 & 3 twice

should i stop UW for a while and concentrate on reading for maybe 10 days or so.

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decided to write post here, cause i'm feeling really down right now. started UW several days ago and my average is 61 %, 34 percentile, feel like crap, have gone through MTB 2 & 3 twice

should i stop UW for a while and concentrate on reading for maybe 10 days or so.

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NO....forget about UW %....keep doing it, but make sure you are taking notes and reading EVERYTHING....right and wrong questions....You will improve...keep going!
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decided to write post here, cause i'm feeling really down right now. started UW several days ago and my average is 61 %, 34 percentile, feel like crap, have gone through MTB 2 & 3 twice

should i stop UW for a while and concentrate on reading for maybe 10 days or so.

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61% is not that bad, I think anything above 60 is a great start. Just get through the bank and be thorough, read every explanation even for the "easy" ones or the ones you got right. Sometimes the easy ones have the best explanations and high yield concepts. You'll see your percentages get better as long as you keep reading and reviewing every question. Also not everything is knowledge, work on your test taking skills, try to see through the bullcrap and sort out the relevant info on each question. Most of the time they are asking the same thing but in different ways! I believe qbanks are not necessarily predictive of how well you will do on the test, it is just a great learning and practice tool for the test.
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In CK it all depends on how you like to read....i did both MTB and FA, and like more FA....but it doesn't really matter....pick one and use with UW...
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Actually i did mtb a lot of times and read uworld explanations thoroughly but still failed in nbme so now i wanna change my strategy and i dont know what to do now
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Can anyone suggest which nbme to take besides nbme 4? I wanna choose between 6 and 7
Are you only doing one more? Do you still plan on doing UWSA? If thats the case i would do NBME 7 then UWSA!...but if you could do all 3, i would go NBME 7.....NBME 6.....UWSA. Good luck.
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Are you only doing one more? Do you still plan on doing UWSA? If thats the case i would do NBME 7 then UWSA!...but if you could do all 3, i would go NBME 7.....NBME 6.....UWSA. Good luck.
Thanks. Yes I am gonna do one more before taking USWA in the end.
nbme 4 was ruined
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Thanks. Yes I am gonna do one more before taking USWA in the end.
nbme 4 was ruined
How much did you get NBME 4? And what are your weak areas?
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How much did you get NBME 4? And what are your weak areas?
got just 190. I am totally lost and have a very vague idea about my weaknesses.

I found my self struggling with time management during the whole test except for the last block, so couldnt concentrate on the question types . I feel there was a lot asked about the mechanisms and since i didnt take step 1, thats my obvious weakness.. Internal med was there mostly
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How much did you get NBME 4? And what are your weak areas?
got just 190. I am totally lost and have a very vague idea about my weaknesses.

I found my self struggling with time management during the whole test except for the last block, so couldnt concentrate on the question types . I feel there was a lot asked about the mechanisms and since i didnt take step 1, thats my obvious weakness.. Internal med was there mostly
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hey guys

I recently had to take out bigger student loans and put myself into massive debt and I got one shot to do well on this exam or I'm finished.
I'm not asking anyone for a single dose of sympathy just some advice on what I should do next.

Exam is booked Dec. 17th can't change it no matter what.

I started off reading MTB and UW subject wise as my first source nothing else (Ex. Cardio in MTB and cardio questions in UW making notes) scoring 56% the first time. Then I did UW again the second time scoring 76% and then I took UWSA scored 234. Then due to some unforunte effects someone close to me passed away so I had to take some time off. Took 3 weeks off.

Came back did Usmle Rx maybe 40% of the questions scoring 75%. Then I did MTB again with USMLE Secrets.

Took NBME 7 did really bad scored 217, went back reviewed somethings and took NBME 6 a week later got 221.

I started to panic on what to do next, went through my Uworld notes then took NBME 4 and scored only 227 a week later so 3 weeks in a row of bad scores. I had to extend my exam 5 days before (lost a lot of money).

In between I did the free questions scored 89%.

Then I went through my notes again started Uworld questions again, this is my 3rd time scoring 81%. (14 Blocks so far)

I got 16 days to go while having to work 8 hours a day. I'm still grateful for what I have and how God has still given me a shot.

Recently got Yale-G book. Should I read it?

What should I do guys, need some serious advice.

Power through uworld? is it worth taking UWSA again?

Good Luck everyone, I don't want anyone doing bad, I just pray we all make it.
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Good luck with studies, I see a very prepared people here so I wanted to see if someone can give me an advice for my situation.
I am an IMG, did Step 1 with decent score 2 months ago, I am taking the exam on Dec 22, I started UW random-timed and is my primary source for info. My average is 77% i am left with 12% of questions. I am doing UWSA after I finish the Qbank(approx. Monday). Going to start reading KLN next week.
-My weak areas (lowest scores) are Biostatistics and Surgery, where do you think I can read this subjects to master them?
-If I have time to do one NMBE Which one do you recommend?
-What is a good time frame to do the Free 150 Q's before the exam?

thanks for your help, very appreciated.
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Good luck with studies, I see a very prepared people here so I wanted to see if someone can give me an advice for my situation.
I am an IMG, did Step 1 with decent score 2 months ago, I am taking the exam on Dec 22, I started UW random-timed and is my primary source for info. My average is 77% i am left with 12% of questions. I am doing UWSA after I finish the Qbank(approx. Monday). Going to start reading KLN next week.
-My weak areas (lowest scores) are Biostatistics and Surgery, where do you think I can read this subjects to master them?
-If I have time to do one NMBE Which one do you recommend?
-What is a good time frame to do the Free 150 Q's before the exam?

thanks for your help, very appreciated.
1. I would not read KLN
2. Read FA CK or MTB 3 for Surgery, and FA Step 1 for Biostatistics
3. NBME 4
4. 2 or 3 days before the test.

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hey guys

I recently had to take out bigger student loans and put myself into massive debt and I got one shot to do well on this exam or I'm finished.
I'm not asking anyone for a single dose of sympathy just some advice on what I should do next.

Exam is booked Dec. 17th can't change it no matter what.

I started off reading MTB and UW subject wise as my first source nothing else (Ex. Cardio in MTB and cardio questions in UW making notes) scoring 56% the first time. Then I did UW again the second time scoring 76% and then I took UWSA scored 234. Then due to some unforunte effects someone close to me passed away so I had to take some time off. Took 3 weeks off.

Came back did Usmle Rx maybe 40% of the questions scoring 75%. Then I did MTB again with USMLE Secrets.

Took NBME 7 did really bad scored 217, went back reviewed somethings and took NBME 6 a week later got 221.

I started to panic on what to do next, went through my Uworld notes then took NBME 4 and scored only 227 a week later so 3 weeks in a row of bad scores. I had to extend my exam 5 days before (lost a lot of money).

In between I did the free questions scored 89%.

Then I went through my notes again started Uworld questions again, this is my 3rd time scoring 81%. (14 Blocks so far)

I got 16 days to go while having to work 8 hours a day. I'm still grateful for what I have and how God has still given me a shot.

Recently got Yale-G book. Should I read it?

What should I do guys, need some serious advice.

Power through uworld? is it worth taking UWSA again?

Good Luck everyone, I don't want anyone doing bad, I just pray we all make it.
I would go over UW again, paying attention to details and reading wrong and right answers explanations. Don't do UWSA again, in such a short time frame its useless for predicting your score. A 217 on NBME 7 is not that bad....it underestimates ur score about 20 points. But still, go over UW again. Forget about Yale-G. Read your own notes.
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Hey bluivy6,
I agree with FollowingDream, just keep using the resources you are already familiar with. Don't panic about NBME they are apparently not as predictive as they are for Step 1. With your numbers I am sure you will pass this test no problem! I don't know about the Yale book but I again recommend against using a completely different resource this close to the test. UWSA again is a waste of your time, you already know those questions, I am not an advocate of doing the same qbank over and over, but I am planning on doing some wrong questions just so I keep doing questions until my test. Maybe work on the questions you got wrong and pay special focus to your weak subjects. Most of all stay confident, stay positive.
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Good luck with studies, I see a very prepared people here so I wanted to see if someone can give me an advice for my situation.
I am an IMG, did Step 1 with decent score 2 months ago, I am taking the exam on Dec 22, I started UW random-timed and is my primary source for info. My average is 77% i am left with 12% of questions. I am doing UWSA after I finish the Qbank(approx. Monday). Going to start reading KLN next week.
-My weak areas (lowest scores) are Biostatistics and Surgery, where do you think I can read this subjects to master them?
-If I have time to do one NMBE Which one do you recommend?
-What is a good time frame to do the Free 150 Q's before the exam?

thanks for your help, very appreciated.
I think your numbers are looking pretty good, I did nbme 6 and scored 254, I found it to be a decent assessment, topics are similar to what you find on uworld but asked in slightly different ways. As for surgery I did kaplan, but this close to the test I am not sure I would recommend it, maybe look it over see if it helps, It is actually not a long read. But I guess MTB 2 and 3 are enough, haven't used FA for CK so I can't comment on that book. Biostats do FA like Following said I think, if you are very very weak maybe consider reading kaplan but I doubt it since you are fresh from step 1.
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anyone take NBME 3 at all?
is it good?
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All nbmes are good..have u guys tried "firecrackers" i heard it is so good??
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can anyone tell me? should we read FA step 2 ck for any particular topic? which is not sufficient in MTB and u world. any suggestions for FA?
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M scoring 67% in uworld 60% done...can anyone tell me how can i improve my score n is it safe to take uwsa on this score or should i revise mtb first
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Hey mysha, I haven't used FA CK at all can't comment on that. 11 days left for my test, I will do UWSA and maybe another NBME this week. I am not sure what form to use I am leaning towards form 7 and see what my worst case scenario could be, apparently form 7 underpredicts by a lot or form 4 which seems to be a pretty standard form. What do you guys think? any suggestions for these 11 days? Planning on doing 20 cases, maybe do a couple of wrong question blocks in uworld, revising my notes and go over my weak subjects in MTB3. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Hopefully everyone is doing great, let's kill this freaking beast once and for all.
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M scoring 67% in uworld 60% done...can anyone tell me how can i improve my score n is it safe to take uwsa on this score or should i revise mtb first
Hey virgo, look at your weak subjects in your main or sub-divisions and maybe take a day or two for revising those topics. I would say just keep doing uworld and review every question and read every explanation, specially the easy ones you may have got wrong. Uworld is both and assessment and a learning tool it is up to you how you use it so don't worry that much about your percentage, worry about how much you are learning!
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Hey mysha, I haven't used FA CK at all can't comment on that. 11 days left for my test, I will do UWSA and maybe another NBME this week. I am not sure what form to use I am leaning towards form 7 and see what my worst case scenario could be, apparently form 7 underpredicts by a lot or form 4 which seems to be a pretty standard form. What do you guys think? any suggestions for these 11 days? Planning on doing 20 cases, maybe do a couple of wrong question blocks in uworld, revising my notes and go over my weak subjects in MTB3. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Hopefully everyone is doing great, let's kill this freaking beast once and for all.
Thanks. i tried 4, its easy but my time managment was poor, no idea about 7. planning to take it soon.
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Hey mysha, I haven't used FA CK at all can't comment on that. 11 days left for my test, I will do UWSA and maybe another NBME this week. I am not sure what form to use I am leaning towards form 7 and see what my worst case scenario could be, apparently form 7 underpredicts by a lot or form 4 which seems to be a pretty standard form. What do you guys think? any suggestions for these 11 days? Planning on doing 20 cases, maybe do a couple of wrong question blocks in uworld, revising my notes and go over my weak subjects in MTB3. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Hopefully everyone is doing great, let's kill this freaking beast once and for all.
i think you are Going Good,
did you do 150 quetsions on usmle web site , i heard people liked them
you had Good Nbme results i think doing Nbme-7 is a Good idea,
20 cases , i wanted to them aswell Man, but i have 40% UW left (2nd read) & i am very slow reader, barely finish a block & mtb a day,
i wish i could do more.. should i start doing more blocks & skip explanations :/? the pace i am going with is dead slow & no i can't read fast gives me anxiety or fear of what i ve missed haha
& Fibroblast simulate 8 hour exam in last week, once !
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Thanks. i tried 4, its easy but my time managment was poor, no idea about 7. planning to take it soon.
Mysha, i read few exam experiences People liked FA

if i was 6 months away from my exam i would do it!
why not!
but if you are close to exam UW & MTbs are enough,


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Mysha, i read few exam experiences People liked FA

if i was 6 months away from my exam i would do it!
why not!
but if you are close to exam UW & MTbs are enough,


Agree with vita, I don't think adding a new source close to your test is the best idea. Be thorough with UW and use MTBs to review subjects you may be weak in.
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