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Hi all,

First of all i wanted to thank all of the forum administrators and members who have been a great source of inspiration n help to me, right from the beginning of application process till the day i actually took my exam..

As most of the ppl keep on uploading their exam experience here, i wont repeat the same stuff...just a few points i wanted to mention

1. It was my first experience of taking an exam of this sort, as i hadnt taken my step 1 before ck...!! n to all those who are taking their ck before step 1, i would like to say that it was not that difficult. Though there were some questions which required background knowledge, uworld covered them quite sufficiently. I didnt read anyother stuff from step 1 material..( Not recommending it, just saying that u can survive without that)

2. Practise uworld, online timed mode at least for 10 days, n get to know ur speed...This was the biggest mistake i did. I didnt practice timed blocks...so had a shaky start...had to randomly mark answers to 2 very lengthy questions i skipped in my first block, coz i was short of time...! The max i could save was 1 n a half min before my blocks ended.

3. Manage break time, n dont let it go wasted. 1 hr is quite a time, if managed properly. I divided my tests as 2 blocks-break-2 blocks-break and then after that took a 5 min break after each block. It helps to wash ur face, n stretch ur legs...Didnt feel like eating, so didnt take any lunch break...n with 2 of prayers n so many breaks, still saved 20 min of my break....!!

4.NBme form 4 predicted 230 for me n uwsa predicted 240...so both were gud predictors of my actual score..

5. Audio clips were clear n loud, so were the pictures...clear n coloured.

6. As all of u already know, dont leave any question unanswered as u move, even if u dont know it. Just answer it n mark for review.

i thought my exam was tougher than uworld, n questions were more vague, with incomplete supporting evidence...i was sure i was going to fail it....


Now some usual stuff....

Prep time: 3.5 months
Prep material: kaplan lecture notes, half of kaplan q bank, uworld, conrads cases of ethics.
Didnt do mtb or FA coz of shortage of time...
uworld average at the end 72%
Nbme form 4: 230, uwsa 240

Good luck to all of u...!!
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congratulations n thx for the tips. good luck in step 1 and MATCHING.

ps: are u an american graduate? u only spent 3.5 mths in prep, was tht full time or with internship?
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I took my exam 10 days back, I am waiting 4 my results, I feel every word u said is right. The exam, in some questions, is very difficult and the data can't point clearly to a specific disease, but rather to 2 at least.... u can't imagine how far is these 2 disease so u become confused how both could be the answer. While some questions are actually very easy, and because they come after a very complicated q, u even spend more time in searching for a non-existing trick.
If God will, I will post my experience after 2 more weeks of patience.
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hi there,

congratulations n thx for the tips. good luck in step 1 and MATCHING.

ps: are u an american graduate? u only spent 3.5 mths in prep, was tht full time or with internship?

thanx
no im not an american graduate. I did my graduation from pakistan
then did my internship. After i was done with that, i thought of taking step 2 ck....
i didnt do anyother job while studying...approx studying hrs were 4-5 hrs daily,but in the end i increased my time to 7-9 hrs approx..!
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I took my exam 10 days back, I am waiting 4 my results, I feel every word u said is right. The exam, in some questions, is very difficult and the data can't point clearly to a specific disease, but rather to 2 at least.... u can't imagine how far is these 2 disease so u become confused how both could be the answer. While some questions are actually very easy, and because they come after a very complicated q, u even spend more time in searching for a non-existing trick.
If God will, I will post my experience after 2 more weeks of patience.
yes u are very right, i also found that in many questions, the evidence was suggestive of atleast 2 dx....while some other questions were quite easy....!!! anyways best of luck for ur result
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Congratulation man, this is really great
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hi i have one question tho? did u only attempt NBME4? only one NBME? so does that mean that not all 4NBME forms are needed necessarily?

thank u very much in advance.
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hi i have one question tho? did u only attempt NBME4? only one NBME? so does that mean that not all 4NBME forms are needed necessarily?

thank u very much in advance.
you are the one to make this decision for u, and the score u get in ur nbme may help u decide, how many to take..
Actually i didnt take nbme till a few days before my ck, because i always felt i was not prepared...!! n dreaded taking it thinking that i might end up losing my confidence....then upon urging of some friends...i finally had the courage to take it, 4 days before my exam.
Infact i was quite tense and studying normally, but as soon as i got 230 in form 4, i relaxed...n actually stopped studying....!! so some how it had a negative impact upon me....
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you are the one to make this decision for u, and the score u get in ur nbme may help u decide, how many to take..
Actually i didnt take nbme till a few days before my ck, because i always felt i was not prepared...!! n dreaded taking it thinking that i might end up losing my confidence....then upon urging of some friends...i finally had the courage to take it, 4 days before my exam.
Infact i was quite tense and studying normally, but as soon as i got 230 in form 4, i relaxed...n actually stopped studying....!! so some how it had a negative impact upon me....
wow... ok... thanks for being honest. i dun think ill wait till the last minute but yes, ill do an NBME to decide if i should apply for the exam date or not.
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@aasiafzal.................do u recommend kaplan qbank...i mean can we skip it or did u find it very useful compared to ur mains?????
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@aasiafzal.................do u recommend kaplan qbank...i mean can we skip it or did u find it very useful compared to ur mains?????
yes i think kaplan q bank is a very good q bank, provided u have time. I could not do IM from kap q bank because of lack of time...
but i especially found paeds questions interesting, in kap q bank...they also cover some topics that uworld hasnt covered e.g immunization etc...

so i would definetly recommend it if u have time.( but if u r short on time, do uworld only...it is a MUST)
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yes i think kaplan q bank is a very good q bank, provided u have time. I could not do IM from kap q bank because of lack of time...
but i especially found paeds questions interesting, in kap q bank...they also cover some topics that uworld hasnt covered e.g immunization etc...

so i would definetly recommend it if u have time.( but if u r short on time, do uworld only...it is a MUST)
ok thanks....would do the qbook 1st n incase of time would go to qbank...
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ok thanks....would do the qbook 1st n incase of time would go to qbank...

dont know anything about q book...just went through sum segments of q bank in my prep n they r gud...!!


how i compare them is that uworld concentrates on high yield stuff, n repeats n revises it many times, so that we eventually remember it...whereas kap q bank, also covers minute details n is quite thorough,...,n also covers low yield stuff...to the extent that sumtimes u start to get irritated..
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hey congrats asiaafazal
U too r done with it. I would like to ask u few questions.
did the ethics book help u ?do u recommend that ?

u have already made clear that without basics too u score well, but I m scared abt it a lot as I have done it long time back, did u see lots of questions related to it?

and for audioclips can we rely on whatever we have in uworld or something more?
since the questions r lenghty n confusing between 2 or 3 choices,do u suggest anything specific for it ? I know I m asking too much questions but I will be really grateful to u if u can answer them for us:sorry::sorry::sorry:

ok one more last onefor all those weird questions u saw in exm , suppose if u had time in prep. where would u have focussed more ?
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dont know anything about q book...just went through sum segments of q bank in my prep n they r gud...!!


how i compare them is that uworld concentrates on high yield stuff, n repeats n revises it many times, so that we eventually remember it...whereas kap q bank, also covers minute details n is quite thorough,...,n also covers low yield stuff...to the extent that sumtimes u start to get irritated..
did u do online or offline kaplan qbank ?
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hey congrats asiaafazal
U too r done with it. I would like to ask u few questions.
did the ethics book help u ?do u recommend that ?

u have already made clear that without basics too u score well, but I m scared abt it a lot as I have done it long time back, did u see lots of questions related to it?

and for audioclips can we rely on whatever we have in uworld or something more?
since the questions r lenghty n confusing between 2 or 3 choices,do u suggest anything specific for it ? I know I m asking too much questions but I will be really grateful to u if u can answer them for us:sorry::sorry::sorry:

ok one more last onefor all those weird questions u saw in exm , suppose if u had time in prep. where would u have focussed more ?
1. To be frank, ethics buk didnt help much....the questions about ethics in my exam were not directly covered by that buk...but still before doing that buk, i didnt have much idea about american guidelines in many fields of ethics....so it is a gud book to provide u the basic n rough idea of rules involved....n rest u'll have to use ur imagination...
most of the ethics questions were like...'what should the dr say in the following circumstance' type....n in these type of questions, there wont be any strict rules provided by any buk to help u..!!

2. I dont exactly remember how many of the questions required background knowledge....but uworld safely covered them i think....dont remember much...but if u want to do sumthing, u can do a bit microbio from FA step 1....!

3. About lengthy n confusing questions..., practise as many questions as u can, n improve ur speed....try to learn how to skim a very long question quickly..what i used 2 do was, if a question was very long, i would just read the last line...n see if they r asking dx or management or sumthing else....Another thing i practised was that for very lengthy questions with lab values, i used to scan the labs first to find the abnormal value n then read the scenario in that context....

4. If i had more time, i would have done another revision of kaplan lecture notes esp IM...!!

5. i did kap q bank offline, only half of it......then uworld online...!!

Hope i answered all of ur questions in detail...feel free to ask any question...! ill be happy if i can be of any help....
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wow ..congrats aasia...it just seems like yesterday that i talked to u n u said u wer egoing to appear for ur exams pretty soon but pre pnot complete and not sure how u would do...but gr8 score)
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keep us posted on step 1 forum..will be giving my exams soon. n hopfully joining u no step one forum!!
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thanks a lot asiaafzal
yes u have answered all of them very well.
ok one more please, what strategy u followed for the last 1 month of ur prep n what do u advise us from ur experience?
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thanks a lot asiaafzal
yes u have answered all of them very well.
ok one more please, what strategy u followed for the last 1 month of ur prep n what do u advise us from ur experience?

i had 3.5 months prep time....so if u ask me,i couldnot prepare that well, i did kaplan lec notes along with kaplan q bank in first 2 months, a 2nd rev of kap lec notes in another 15 days, then started uworld in last month, was done with it in 20 days approx, then reviewd my wrong questions for 5days....could not study in last 5 days....
revised my uworld notes on last day...!!
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@aasia. congrats.....that is a great score...
can u tell me the date ,u appeared for ur step 2 ck...i myself appeared on 11th of october,,but no results yet//???
& nice 2 have u from PAK...myself from IOK...!!!!!!
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@aasia. congrats.....that is a great score...
can u tell me the date ,u appeared for ur step 2 ck...i myself appeared on 11th of october,,but no results yet//???
& nice 2 have u from PAK...myself from IOK...!!!!!!
hmm thx a lot...!! i appeared on 6th oct....!! ull get ur results on 3rd or 4th wed....!!! so it'll be soon
gud 2 hear from u 2....!!best of luck for ur results....!!
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Congrats on huge score...wat do u think is the main thing,that should b emphasised during prep?how many times did u do kaplan lectures?n can u send me the link for offline kaplan qbak?
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plus how were the abstract n research questions in ur exam?
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hmm thx a lot...!! i appeared on 6th oct....!! ull get ur results on 3rd or 4th wed....!!! so it'll be soon
gud 2 hear from u 2....!!best of luck for ur results....!!
i recieved my score yesterdy....it is 240/83...
there has been a change in scoring system...i guesss???
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can you compare the difficulty level of the actual exam with nbme 4 ... were the questions eaually difficult?
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i recieved my score yesterdy....it is 240/83...
there has been a change in scoring system...i guesss???

congrats...!!! thats a gr8 score...!! yes the scoring system has been changed from this 1st oct...!!
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Congrats on huge score...wat do u think is the main thing,that should b emphasised during prep?how many times did u do kaplan lectures?n can u send me the link for offline kaplan qbak?
i did kaplan lectures thrice...!! kaplan videos only of some segments of int medicine...!!like hema n cardio, biostats...!! i dont have offline links....i got hold of 1 in a book format...not online links..!!!

plus i dont remember much about the drug ads n abstracts...!! coz its already a month since i took it....may be drtad can guide u better now

but ill try to think what i remember...i think i had 3 drug ads, each a set of 2 questions... n 1 or 2 abstracts...3 question set...
they were not that tough...but comparitively abstract was tougher than drug ad...
usually first question of the set is about the drug ad itself, while 2nd question in the set is general...so even if u dont get the abstract or ad, ull still be able to answer the 2nd question.

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1. leave them for the end of the block
2. do stats thoroughly, n revise it a day before...stats questions are pretty easy if u have done it thoroughly...infact there were times in my exam, when i took a sigh of relief when i saw an easy stats question among so difficult med ones.
3. dont panic..just read the question first, n the options to c what u r luking for, then open the ad or abstract....n luk for only related info.
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congrats...!!! thats a gr8 score...!! yes the scoring system has been changed from this 1st oct...!!
thanks......
will this change affect our residency application in any way..i mean is 240 of now comparable with 240 of those who appeared before oct 1st...
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no it wont affect ur application...!! because official transcript wont contain the 2 digit score...only 3 would be mentioned..!! there was a whole thread on this discussion...with the name of i think 'new 3 digit scores'...just visit that thread....!!
n once again congrats on ur score...!! it is a 99 in the old scoring system...!
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can you compare the difficulty level of the actual exam with nbme 4 ... were the questions eaually difficult?
no i think the questions were tougher than nbme 4...!! very few questions were actually easy..!! n had simpler answers
but the style of asking a question in exam was more like that of nbme form n not of uworld...!!
n by this i donot mean difficulty level...!! ck questions were more vague n difficult than both uworld n nbme forms
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3.5 months for a pakistani graduate,thts impressive...congrats...u had to mark 2 q without seeing,i 4 questions unmarked...any idea wat impact it can have on my result...took 2ck 10 days back...really messed up coz of leaving the questions unmarked...my nbme score was 232
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3.5 months for a pakistani graduate,thts impressive...congrats...u had to mark 2 q without seeing,i 4 questions unmarked...any idea wat impact it can have on my result...took 2ck 10 days back...really messed up coz of leaving the questions unmarked...my nbme score was 232
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3.5 months for a pakistani graduate,thts impressive...congrats...u had to mark 2 q without seeing,i 4 questions unmarked...any idea wat impact it can have on my result...took 2ck 10 days back...really messed up coz of leaving the questions unmarked...my nbme score was 232
hey y do u think a pakistani graduate cant do it in 3.5 months of time...!!?? i even know some who did it in 2 months time...n scored high

Anyways cuming to the point, i have no clue what impact it could have on ur score...!!but u had a reasonably gud score in nbme...!! so hopefully it will show in ur result as well...!! u did ur best, now dont panic, n leave everything to God...!! its only natural to feel panicky n depressed after the exam...!! everyone feels this way...!!so just relax...n try 2 get the result off ur mind... Good luck
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well im pakistani n it took me 6 months n all my friends also took 5-6 months so thts why unless ur from agha khan....yeapp thnx for the advice...tryin to get over it
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i had 3.5 months prep time....so if u ask me,i couldnot prepare that well, i did kaplan lec notes along with kaplan q bank in first 2 months, a 2nd rev of kap lec notes in another 15 days, then started uworld in last month, was done with it in 20 days approx, then reviewd my wrong questions for 5days....could not study in last 5 days....
revised my uworld notes on last day...!!
Can u send me a link where i can find all offline n.b.m.e forms?my exam is in a month..
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got my score tday...245/84
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got my score tday...245/84

many many congratulations....!!!
Happy 4 u
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Thanks aasia for your help with the preparation schedule. I have posted a new thread. It would be nice if you just check it out and let me know what you think about it. Thanks again!
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Congrats man

I didn't know that there is audio qs until now what do you mean by that ? do u mean like a murmur ?

and what do u mean by drug ad and abstract qs ?

I've never heard of this !!
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