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Smile 250/85 exam experience(26th july)

first of all thx u to all the forum members for their help!!Finally the journey of steps is over fr me (althu step3 is still remaining)but atleast for now its over.
regarding the prep here is my experience.
Total Time : 3months
MATERIALS USED:
MTB2-----for internal med
Mtb3------for paeds,surgery,gyneobs
kaplan-----for psychiatry
UW------timed subject wise
NBMES all 4
Free 150
First read
Internal medicine

MTB2 is absolutely enuff just know everything in it.I wil not recomend kaplan its a waste of time.UW is the key do it twice.It took me 1 month to do mtb2 with UW first read.
Paeds
I did mtb2 and mtb3 both for paeds.seemed enuf.UW is the key again.It took me 7 days.
Gyne/obs
MTB3 is absolutely enuf.again 7 days for mtb3+uw of gyne/obs
SURGERY
Mtb3 plus vignettes in kaplan surgery thts a great combination and UW is awsum.covers everything.least asked subject atleast for me.Know Trauma inside out.Took me arund 5-6 days.
Psychiatry/biostats/ethics
I did it from kaplan and uw.for biostats plz do step 1 uw especially NNT sensitivity specificity concepts shud be clear.again took me 6 days.
2nd read
I just repeated everything i did in the first read including uw.2nd read took me about a month...
NBMES
Important resource did 4th online got 256.Althu nbme 4 is close to the exam but its stills pretty old.Not as predictive as nbmes in step 1.
Free 150
a must!! closest thing to the exam percentage of 85 correlates with 245+ thts a guess :P i got arund 87%
EXAM day
ok so finally all what u have studied and worked for will happen in this one day...the questions are long, longer than nbmes some even longer than uw..most comparable to free 150.Develop a habit of skimming thru irrelevant details tht saves time..i did a block in abut 52 53 mins and reviewed marked questions in the rest of the time.The key is to stay very calm and just answer what u knw is best i marked about 15 questions on average and i found the exam to be tough.A lot of pathophys was in the exam so it is a plus if u did step 1.Internal med was 80% of the exam then paeds and gyne obs,some questions of psych and biostats...surgery was the least asked.Questions were similar to UW next best step, diagnosis, investigations nothing new but really they always seemed to be more tricky i mean irrelevant things made it hard for me to concentrate on the actual question and i got arund 7-8 really easy questions wrong due to this so just go with ur guts and dont unnecessarily focus on minor things.
Drug ads and abstracts
got 2 drug adds tht were straight forward ur knowledge of biostats/epi is enuf for it.Abstract was a bit hard i cudnt get it.But the thing is even if u dont know anything keep going u dont want to mess wht u know for wht u dnt know.I didnt do any thing extra fr these just reviewed the ones in free 150.
Heart sound
got two and some how the scenario made it easier for me other wise i wudve struggled with the audio alone.Tried different resources for heart sound but to no avail.
ECG
the ones in the uw are enuf.
so i can remember only this uptill now if u have any questions feel free
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i have a question,you haven't given me the party . .
u will have to come here to get it:P
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How did you correlate the number of questions right with an estimate score for the Free 150 USMLE questions?
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How did you correlate the number of questions right with an estimate score for the Free 150 USMLE questions?
just looked at wht ppl posted on forums....looked at the scores of other friends who took ck with me...and i think it has a consistent correlation
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Did you do any NBMEs/UWSA? What was your score on that?
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Did you do any NBMEs/UWSA? What was your score on that?
as i mentioned before nbme 4 only i got 256
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as i mentioned before nbme 4 only i got 256
Oops, I missed reading that, I was practicing "skimming" through posts/questions .

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Oops, I missed reading that, I was practicing "skimming" through posts/questions .

Congrats on your score!
thxs!good luk man
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I don't know man. I did th exam on Monday and found that it was way harder than the free 150!
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I don't know man. I did th exam on Monday and found that it was way harder than the free 150!
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mine was also harder than free 150...hope for the best ull do great
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Thank you for posting your valuable experience .I have few Qs concerningCK prep:

1) regarding peds was mtb2 and mtb3 sufficient??? and can we skip kaplan peds lecture book????

2) with pysch kaplan step2 lecture book should we study corresponding mtb2 or mtb3 section???

3)you have used U world as a learning tool during your first read so should we worry about percentage we are scoring while going through the bank for the first time ????

4)is doing kaplan q bank worthwhile??? or we can safely rely on U world by doing it two times(first subject wise and then random)

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Wonderful score .. enjoy with your success..happy for you
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Thank you for posting your valuable experience .I have few Qs concerningCK prep:

1) regarding peds was mtb2 and mtb3 sufficient??? and can we skip kaplan peds lecture book????

2) with pysch kaplan step2 lecture book should we study corresponding mtb2 or mtb3 section???

3)you have used U world as a learning tool during your first read so should we worry about percentage we are scoring while going through the bank for the first time ????

4)is doing kaplan q bank worthwhile??? or we can safely rely on U world by doing it two times(first subject wise and then random)

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1.yes mtbs are enuf for paeds when supplemented with uw so u can skip kaplan

2.there is no need for tht but if u have time u can do so
3.dont worry abut percentages in uw use it as a learning tool
4.u can safely do uw 2nd time much as it is more high yield than doing kaplan qbank
use nbmes uwsa and free 150 to assess urself
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congrats man!! awesome score!!

i also want to skip KLN and go straight to MTB's but im scared of doing so. You think i won't miss out on anything if i do that?/ Of course that is with UW
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congrats man!! awesome score!!

i also want to skip KLN and go straight to MTB's but im scared of doing so. You think i won't miss out on anything if i do that?/ Of course that is with UW
dont worry mtb is enuf as long as u do uw thoroughly kaplan is not compulsory....good luk!
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Congrats for awesome score.I have just started to prepare for ck.so you didn't follow any of kaplan lectures(except psychiatry) and DVD? How long it took you to prepare for CK?
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Just one question...how was your UW score overall?
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Congrats for awesome score.I have just started to prepare for ck.so you didn't follow any of kaplan lectures(except psychiatry) and DVD? How long it took you to prepare for CK?
yes i didnt use kaplan except psychiatry and i took abut 3 months
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Just one question...how was your UW score overall?
it was about 70%
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