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Old 12-04-2014
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Hi guys,

first of all after taken the test let me say that many on this forum are alarmists.

I read a lot of posts about how it was mind consuming.. and honestly it is.
But this due to the 9 hours!
Don't let you be scared from that guys posting about their super alien test!
It's all about how you will react to the 9 hours. Be rested!

Yes, probably it is the most difficult test in the world but becouse assumes that you are able to organize your time, your spare time and definitively your life.
Imho it is all in the last line.
If you are able to organize yourself, you are perfectly able to take the test and to rox it! You will rock it!

Manage your time without freak out, keep on with your study, be prepared and keep on dreaming!
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thanks for the encouraging words. can u share how u went around preparing for step 2? kaplan. mtb.. tiki taka . what was ur base book? kaplan or did u put all ur uw notes into mtb??
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Yes, I can.
First let me re-underline the role of organizing your time..
Moreover I have to clarify that what I am saying is not supported by fact at the moment..
I mean that I am still waiting for my results

I used the kaplan lectures, mtb2 and 3, uworld qbank and also the kaplan qbank to rise the % in 2 areas where I was weak.
The nbme and Uwsa for evaluation.

Yes, it is a lot of material and but this is not the point. You should make a study program tailored on yourself. You have to know your weakest area and plan for filling the gap.

We don't have the same target, like we have differents point of view.

My baseline was a good score on step1 (not an alien one), 3 months and 15 dd (without the possibility to delay the test) and the will to have a chance.
So if you have the opportunity, plan your study near the step1 but with a more elastic period. Becouse during life some events are not easy predictable and could really make the difference.

If your are not annoyed and you goal is a good score continue to read

I studied from 6 to 12 Hrs/day for six days/weak, 2 quiz/day trying to don't burned out.
At the end of August I started reading all the lectures. Only after, I started Uworld (crucial in your preparation).
Rapidly I realized that I WAS weak in Pedia and Gyn. So I bought also a month of kaplan q bank and while i was studying pedia/Gyn lecturs again I took 1 quiz/day random/timed focused on Pedia/Gyn until I finished them.
This is the only way I suggest you to use Kaplan qbank.
Be sure to read the explanation and to take notes. I used a simple copybook.
Then I read MTB2 (for IM) and MTB3( for the rest) and I finished twice UWORLD q bank.
There is no way out and you have to go through MTB at least 2 times.
But the very important tool in your PREPARATION is UWORLD! You have to know those explanations.
As I said I took notes the first time and then I used the copybook like another source to study during the day. This will boost your quiz experience.
Only in the end of my period I used the nbme/UWSA to evaluate my level.



At the very end I can say that all this stuff gave me a chance to take the test.

The test is another part of your journey but it is feasible.
My goal was to control all of the 8 blocks without running out and it is possible.

I only hope that this will pay off.
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u will get a great score.
abt ur plan, u mentioned that u made notes, so what did u base ur notes on? something extra from kaplan?? i heard uw has so much extra info than mtb.
u did mtb after u had already started uw.
also what did u do in last few weeks? mtb again n again? or kaplan notes?

what i am messed abt is that i want to keep one source which i will go to in last weeks, kaplan is great but it has essays written in it. n mtb is way too short. some ppl say gyn obs is good in kaplan. what abt peds? from whr to do that? should i write whole uw into mtb? eg,peds.. is awful in mtb 3 or 2.

too many ques,right? i read so many experiences to get a clue in what direction to head,still no avail.
thanks for reading if u r still here.
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I definitevely recommend MTB in the last weeks.

About Peds/Gyn as I said before I started reading lectures becouse they give you a comprehensive overview.
At a first sight the MTBs might seems the lectures'summary and this is real still at the end.
But after all this is what you need after months of quiz.

The qz are the real turning point of your preparation.It was at least 60% of my day plan.
So I recommend to write down your notes on a copybook in a "snapshot" mode. First becouse a part of learning is to distinguish what is important for you.Moreover after the first pass of UW you will have an entire book to recall what you consider crucial.

IMHO a capybook is better then write in a mini calligraphy in a book made for another purpose.

All the best
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Yes, I want to confirm that. Even though i haven't got my results back as of yet but i didn't find the test unusually super hard or totally out of the world. It is hard, no doubt and true there were quite a few absurd Qs but there were absurd Qs on Step 1 as well so it's not something new. Time is essence. If you read up ur Q stem quickly and extract the information you need to, you'll have no problem with time. In the first 4-5 blocks i finished before time and had time to review atleast half the Qs i marked, but towards the end i always completed just right on time. Which means no time for review sadly. I was extremely exhausted towards the end. Praying for a decent score now

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Yes, I want to confirm that. Even though i haven't got my results back as of yet but i didn't find the test unusually super hard or totally out of the world. It is hard, no doubt and true there were quite a few absurd Qs but there were absurd Qs on Step 1 as well so it's not something new. Time is essence. If you read up ur Q stem quickly and extract the information you need to, you'll have no problem with time. In the first 4-5 blocks i finished before time and had time to review atleast half the Qs i marked, but towards the end i always completed just right on time. Which means no time for review sadly. I was extremely exhausted towards the end. Praying for a decent score now
thanks for nice review.
do u believe mtb and uworld r enough to get 250 above?
how much images(histology,mri.ct etc) and step 1 qs were thr?
and wat u recommend for behavioral?
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IMO if you do MTBs and uworld (atleast twice) nicely, you'll cover most of the stuff. I have personally seen many people scoring 250+ with just these resources. So, if you're just sticking to them, make sure you do everything thoroughly and plunge into deeper levels of uworld. There were a handful of slides but were doable. Not that many MRIs/CTs but heme slides, antenatal U/S, some micro related slides and CXRs. Yes, there were a couple of step 1 Qs.. not that many though. Some were doable, others i just guessed and moved on. actually ethics wasn't heavily tested on my exam but psychiatry was. I was familiar with what they were asking and it seemed easy but i still have doubts as to what was the answer because the options were all very close. :/ Anyway.. for psychiatry you can see Kaplan book. MTB and u world cover nicely but on my exam i had a lot of psych Qs. apart from mtb+u world, I went through step 1 Behavioural sciences (just the first 2 chaps + patient-physician relationship+ethics portion) because i had done it a lot of times from there. Also went through step 1 FA for behavioural and biostasts.
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no kaplan for anythng othr than psy??
no videos no notes?

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IMO if you do MTBs and uworld (atleast twice) nicely, you'll cover most of the stuff. I have personally seen many people scoring 250+ with just these resources. So, if you're just sticking to them, make sure you do everything thoroughly and plunge into deeper levels of uworld. There were a handful of slides but were doable. Not that many MRIs/CTs but heme slides, antenatal U/S, some micro related slides and CXRs. Yes, there were a couple of step 1 Qs.. not that many though. Some were doable, others i just guessed and moved on. actually ethics wasn't heavily tested on my exam but psychiatry was. I was familiar with what they were asking and it seemed easy but i still have doubts as to what was the answer because the options were all very close. :/ Anyway.. for psychiatry you can see Kaplan book. MTB and u world cover nicely but on my exam i had a lot of psych Qs. apart from mtb+u world, I went through step 1 Behavioural sciences (just the first 2 chaps + patient-physician relationship+ethics portion) because i had done it a lot of times from there. Also went through step 1 FA for behavioural and biostasts.
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Well that pretty much worked for me. i haven't got my results back yet so i can't say anything confidently. Its just that i had watched kaplan videos and goljan audios for step 1 and had all the concepts fresh so i decided to read MTBs directly and do uworld. Wherever you feel you're weak, you should supplement for sure. In the end, i didn't want to spread myself too thin, like i did in step 1. If you have time and you like those KLN and its videos then go ahead and do them. they are good for concept building Many people, specially those who are fresh off step 1, go through MTBs and uworld only and achieve great results. But in the end it varies from person to person.
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