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I'm new to this forum and have been looking at it for past few weeks. Unfortunately, when I was preparing for these exams, I was not aware of this forum. First of all I would like to say thank you to the staff (Sabio, Steptaker and all) and the members for making this site what it is today!

I truly believe that one should never copy the study pattern of another, but should develop his/her own pattern that suits the most to their needs. I will mention the study material I used while preparing for these two exams and if someone finds it useful, it'll be my pleasure!

For step 1, I used KLN, Goljan RR Pathology, FA (as a reinforcer), Lippincott biochemistry for genetics, BRS behavior science and most importantly, UW QBank. Towards the end, I did NBME 7 and UWSA 1 and 2.

For step 2CK, I used KLN for CK, MTB for step 2CK and some topics from CMDT 2011. Again most importantly UW QBank and in the end NBME 7 and UWSA.

But the real thing I wanted to tell everyone is don't over burden yourselves with these exams. Honestly I'm an average student, graduated from an average medical college of India. I'm serious when I say that if I can do this, you can do it better! There is no secret to these exams, we all know which books to read, which QBanks to solve. It's only about hard work and dedication. Everyone of knows most of thing that will come in the exam, we all have graduated from a medical college after all, one of the toughest courses there could be! And those who write the review books like Kaplans FAs, they are truly masters of this field and they write everything for us that is needed for the exams. The key does not lie in WHAT we read, but HOW we go about it. Being faithful towards prep and ourselves is the "secret ingredient" (for all the Kung fu Panda fans!). I would never give an advice of what you should read and from where you should read, my only advice is be dedicated and enjoy your studies and life at the same time! This is just a "step" and our ultimate destination. I recommend everyone to read what Dr. Conrad Fischer has written in the initial few pages of his book MTB.

Feel free to ask me anything you want to, I would be glad to help anyone in what little way I can.

Thank you again for creating this wonderful platform! And God bless you all!

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sorry to interrupt but there is no NBME 7 for ck?? correct me if i am wrong.

and please give your time line...like how much time\months you spend doing uworld and the kln., daily study hours.

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sorry to interrupt but there is no NBME 7 for ck?? correct me if i am wrong.

and please give your time line...like how much time\months you spend doing uworld and the kln., daily study hours.

thanks for share.
Sorry I meant NBME 4 for CK.

My time line was, I guess, 4 - 8 hrs daily (depending on various things), total time was about 6 7 months. I did KLN twice thoroughly and did UW for 2 months doing at least 1 block per day, for as much as possible.
KLN reading for the first time took me 3 3.5 months, and then another couple of months for second full read. After this, I used to do selective topics while doing Qbank.

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I meant NBME 4 for 2 CK and this is just a "step" and NOT our ultimate destination!

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thanks for urgent reply.
may i know what doing kaplan 'thoroughly' meant?

I have done it twice and i am still not confident...any approach of doing it...may be thinking the likely question which can be asked while reading the topic or cramming\learning the things...[eg. drugs causing hypokalemia]...very confused...
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thanks for urgent reply.
may i know what doing kaplan 'thoroughly' meant?

I have done it twice and i am still not confident...any approach of doing it...may be thinking the likely question which can be asked while reading the topic or cramming\learning the things...[eg. drugs causing hypokalemia]...very confused...
By thoroughly I meant paying full attention to what message it is trying to convey and how a question could be formed 'USMLE style' based on that message. I am no good in cramming, but there are some topics like you mentioned which are basically just "a list", for them I just wrote them on a paper and pinned it on a wall in front of my study table. I was amazed that looking at it off and on for weeks helped me recalling most of it while solving questions!

If you have good cramming capacities, it's really good for you! But don't worry about such topics, while giving exams its all about instincts! My advice, just understand what it means!

Hope it helps! Good Luck!
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hey congrats on your great score..
can you share your UWSA and Nbme4 score as well.
also how many days before exam do you recommend taking an nbme
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congrats,gr8 scores,and thanks for the appreciating words
i need a suggestion,i just finished ''offline uw q bank'',and left with almost 2 more months,want 2 do an ''online q bank'' now,which 1 do u think i should go 4,uw or kaplan???
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Hey! I just hope you realize how massive those scores are, now don't be modest about it!

I would love to know how many months did you take for each step?

How did you go with the qbank? After finishing one subject or after finishing all the subjects (or in any other way)?

Did you revise Lippincott's Biochemistry to the full or only Genetics? (I ask because I have read that book once, maybe it would be a good idea to revise?)

How important do you think Goljan RR is?

Congratulations mate and best of luck.
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hey congrats on your great score..
can you share your UWSA and Nbme4 score as well.
also how many days before exam do you recommend taking an nbme
thanks in advance
Hi,
My NBME 4 and UWSA were pretty spot on, 270 and 265 respectively.*
I did them towards the end, last week of my prep. But if you have $$$ you can do one early on to test where you stand during early days. What I feel is that it's helpful to experience the real test feeling towards the end of your prep atleast twice. In any case, it's only to tell us where we stand and gives an estimate where we are right now and not to help us learn, so it doesn't really make a difference to our scores.
Bottom line, do what suits you and keeps your mind at peace
Hope it helps!
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congrats,gr8 scores,and thanks for the appreciating words
i need a suggestion,i just finished ''offline uw q bank'',and left with almost 2 more months,want 2 do an ''online q bank'' now,which 1 do u think i should go 4,uw or kaplan???


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I don't have a first hand experience of kaplan Qbank, but I have read only good things about it on this forum. *UW worked wonders for me. Cant really say how difference doing the current online one will do, after already done with an old offline one. But dont worry too much, use these 2 months to do either of them and do them properly!

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Hey! I just hope you realize how massive those scores are, now don't be modest about it!

I would love to know how many months did you take for each step?

How did you go with the qbank? After finishing one subject or after finishing all the subjects (or in any other way)?

Did you revise Lippincott's Biochemistry to the full or only Genetics? (I ask because I have read that book once, maybe it would be a good idea to revise?)

How important do you think Goljan RR is?

Congratulations mate and best of luck.

LOL, thanks DNA.

I took 7 8 months for step 1 and about 6 7 months for 2CK, but I dont know if I can actually count my days as there were some good and some bad days, some long and some short days!

Oh and QBank, I did timed, random and unused. This is the best way I think to train our mind to jump from one topic to another and simulate a real exam-feel. I started with it after going through KLN twice properly. I kinda followed the same pattern I set for myself during step 1. Any way you do it, it will be fine as long as you use it properly and learn from your mistakes!

I read only genetics from lippincotts.

I liked RR path very much to be honest. I only have kaplan path to compare it with and for sure goljan comes out as winner for me, hand down! About asking "how important it is" , *I would say it helps covering finer points in pathology, so if *one aims for a high score, its a good book to have. For me, most important is UW.
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What are the most important (real deal/most do) question banks that must be done for both step 1 and step 2 ck?
Hi, I only did UW. So i cant compare it with any other but I can vouch for the fact that it's awesome! I have read here somewhere that kaplan qbank is a close second, but I dont have a first hand experience with kaplan qbank. Dont worry too much, if you do UW nicely, I dont think there is any need for another!
Good luck!
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Default Congratulations..!

That is pretty good achievement..!
And if I can tell, I am kinda on the same track, I have done with the reading and now I am consolidating through UW and FA.
My question is, what was your final average of UW after you were done it? how was your start and what was the end and the average score? I jst wanna get a feeling about where I am right now, to compare the UW to the real thing..thanks..!
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Hi, I only did UW. So i cant compare it with any other but I can vouch for the fact that it's awesome! I have read here somewhere that kaplan qbank is a close second, but I dont have a first hand experience with kaplan qbank. Dont worry too much, if you do UW nicely, I dont think there is any need for another!
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Ur scores r awesome!! congrats!!
Wats ur score in UWSA-1 & 2 for STEP 1?
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That is pretty good achievement..!
And if I can tell, I am kinda on the same track, I have done with the reading and now I am consolidating through UW and FA.
My question is, what was your final average of UW after you were done it? how was your start and what was the end and the average score? I jst wanna get a feeling about where I am right now, to compare the UW to the real thing..thanks..!


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My end percentage was in 86 and in the beginning it was around late 70s. But I suggest not to read too much with the percentage of QBanks! Learn from the mistakes and keep working hard!*
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Ur scores r awesome!! congrats!!
Wats ur score in UWSA-1 & 2 for STEP 1?
Hi, thanks!
My step 1 uwsa 1 and 2 both were 265...
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Hey there. Sorry to bug you again but I'm new in the business and I'd love to know from someone like you that what percentage of questions should be answered correctly in order to get scores anywhere close to what you got?

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Hey there. Sorry to bug you again but I'm new in the business and I'd love to know from someone like you that what percentage of questions should be answered correctly in order to get scores anywhere close to what you got?

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Hi,
Honestly I have no clue about that! How we are actually scored is a bigger mystery than all the UFOs and big foot combined! I guess we should just focus on doing as much as we can. Sorry but I don't know about how many should be correct to aim at a score!
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Fantastic scores, congrats! What was your UWorld QBank percentage if you don't mind me asking? My CK is in three weeks and I just want a non-NBME related score correlation. Thanks in advance.
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Fantastic scores, congrats! What was your UWorld QBank percentage if you don't mind me asking? My CK is in three weeks and I just want a non-NBME related score correlation. Thanks in advance.
Hi,
Sorry for a late reply, *was a bit busy.
When I started UW, it was around late 70s to early 80s and by the end it was 86.*
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