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I took my step 2 ck a week ago. I was facing a spinal shock and finally decided to contribute my experience to this forum. This forum was really a very helpful tool during my journey of prep.

I started preparing my step 2 ck right after getting my step 1 result out. i have started slowly from mid August (I GOT step 1 result ON 15th aug-- 246).
total prep time- 2.5 mths
materials used - KLN thoroughly, MTB 2, MTB3, Conrad's comprehensive cases, incomplete UW (only 10 days study), FA step 1 (selective topics) and this forum.

started my CK journey with confident when I got 217 in NBME 2 right before the day of my preparation( as soon as i got the step 1 result out).
1 week b4 exam-
NBME 4 - 250
UWSA- 244

I did not think that the exam would be that annoying for me. I slept a v good night sleep and was fresh enough, not even a cent of panic.
the questions were pretty accessible and common sense but the answers were terrible, u can easily get to the 2 possible ans but to pick one hell a diff. in some of the blocks.
block 1-- very difficult, 44 q, marked like 12 q, 44th q could not answer due to short of time. got mad
block 2,3,4,5,6,7-- normal, 44/45 per block, marked like 5-6 q.
block 8---36 q only,no drug ad, no abstract, w...t...f... I barely could answer 50% correctly. rest was guessing. question stem even not so long, but I got hell confused in the last 2 choices in every q( I was not even that tired). first i thought like wow only 36 q(really i thought that they intentionally made the block shorter coz we get tired at the end) but the reality turned something else-guess what... i could not even finish the last q( out of time).
I'm scared of this exam, may be bcoz i was underestimating this test and my expectation could not meet the reality. I feel like I have no idea at all how i did the exam at last. i can't remember any questions. waiting for result with palpitations (I may develop AF till I get it out) ....
moral, tips and suggestions:
1. Do not worry about drug ad abstract( 1stly they are all together 7-8 q, 2ndly they are not difficult)
2. time management is crucial( I could review the marked q only in few blocks)
3. GET some energy drinks for 7th and 8th block
4. NBME or UW are v different than real exam
5. 25-30% of questions on ethics and behavioral and epid/biostat. OB/GYN also tons of q( it may be different for different persons i think)
6. Develop a decision making capacity rather than doin some by heart tasks
7. The exam is so tiring, have a good sleep beforehand.

Any questions? happy to answer guys. good luck to everyone.
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hey, thanks for your through experience. What topics do you think i should do from FA step 1? i have my exam in 2 weeks.

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I just got out of the exam and I am in shock right now. So long, so confusing and answer choices were so bad. When I had to choose I was "WTF". I knew what the patient had 100% of the time but the answer choices were "WTF" choices. I had to guess as well.
I thought I prepared well for the exam. Delayed it but 2 months. Sucked it up. Study till my brain hurts. Nothing can prepare you for this exam. Uworld and NBME does not even come close to what the actual exam is.
Confusing, long, WTF and "I don't know what you want from me" was all I thought when I went the questions.
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i agree with both of u
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Thanks for sharing your experience...
But u will realty score..I have read so many CK experiance in this forum .Peoples having difficult experience during exam but coming out with colours...

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hi nepb wen was ur exam?i heard the exam is tougher in the month end is it true? my exam on nov 30th
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hey, thanks for your through experience. What topics do you think i should do from FA step 1? i have my exam in 2 weeks.

thanks for your help

you are welcome. In my opinion, The most topics from FA step 1(2012) - pages regarding the topics are- P52-53-54-55, P115-116-117, P234, P237-238, P273, P308-309-310-311 and the Rapid reviews at last.
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I just got out of the exam and I am in shock right now. So long, so confusing and answer choices were so bad. When I had to choose I was "WTF". I knew what the patient had 100% of the time but the answer choices were "WTF" choices. I had to guess as well.
I thought I prepared well for the exam. Delayed it but 2 months. Sucked it up. Study till my brain hurts. Nothing can prepare you for this exam. Uworld and NBME does not even come close to what the actual exam is.
Confusing, long, WTF and "I don't know what you want from me" was all I thought when I went the questions.
Dude lets pray for better. this exam really sucked. i wanted to give you a hug even if we r in virtual world. I read the experiences from add1 and Ko6100, we all have same situation. man did not expect such a...:
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i agree with both of u
at this point
just hoping for a pass
lets hope dude, i strongly agree with you too.
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hi nepb wen was ur exam?i heard the exam is tougher in the month end is it true? my exam on nov 30th
I did not hear like that b4 but I had on 31st Oct( now i striked, may b hard in last of the months????) but u know just i read the things written by drpepper, he gave the exam today. So might not be the case like end of month rather CK may b getting tougher( actually 99.99% of the q were v easy, but the 2 choices that follow were v confusing) .
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where did u give ur exam?
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U SAID THAT U HAD 25%QUES FROM PSY, WAS IT LIKE ATLEAST 10QS IN A BLOCK!!!! OR ATLEAST 80 QUES FROM PSY ALONE IN THE WHOLE EXAM!!!
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U SAID THAT U HAD 25%QUES FROM PSY, WAS IT LIKE ATLEAST 10QS IN A BLOCK!!!! OR ATLEAST 80 QUES FROM PSY ALONE IN THE WHOLE EXAM!!!

my test in North America...
yes, it was @10 q or may be even more/block- its not only PSy but including epi/biostat and ethics questions.
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25-30% of questions on ethics and behavioral and epid/biostat. OB/GYN also tons of q( it may be different for different persons i think
Shocking...I am very weak in ethics and behavioral ...How did u managed that ...Any suggestion for me to improve....

should i purchase Uworld subject review Bio-statistics & Epidemiology...



Please tell me your experiance..
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Shocking...I am very weak in ethics and behavioral ...How did u managed that ...Any suggestion for me to improve....

should i purchase Uworld subject review Bio-statistics & Epidemiology...



Please tell me your experiance..
Hey..i bought biostats from u world...its good if u are weak in stats....
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Hey nepb.. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think you will be fine. I think we all panic after the exam, not that I have any CK experience though.

Anyway, wish you all the best for your scores and with your CS prep.
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Hey..i bought biostats from u world...its good if u are weak in stats....
Please tell me what its included is it notes only or questions or vedios..

Does it include Ethics and other behavioral science topics..
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hi even am so worried abt psy and biostats...thinking of taking uworld biostats questions subject rewiev....my exam on nov 30....
i still remember last yearr i had tons of ques from psy and biostats fr my step 1 exam,i had taken it in the end of the month on nov 29 2011...
so am havn a feeling that the end of month will have a lot of ques from psy,beh sci,biostats,epidem!!
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I took my step 2 ck a week ago. I was facing a spinal shock and finally decided to contribute my experience to this forum. This forum was really a very helpful tool during my journey of prep.

I started preparing my step 2 ck right after getting my step 1 result out. i have started slowly from mid August (I GOT step 1 result ON 15th aug-- 246).
total prep time- 2.5 mths
materials used - KLN thoroughly, MTB 2, MTB3, Conrad's comprehensive cases, incomplete UW (only 10 days study), FA step 1 (selective topics) and this forum.

started my CK journey with confident when I got 217 in NBME 2 right before the day of my preparation( as soon as i got the step 1 result out).
1 week b4 exam-
NBME 4 - 250
UWSA- 244

I did not think that the exam would be that annoying for me. I slept a v good night sleep and was fresh enough, not even a cent of panic.
the questions were pretty accessible and common sense but the answers were terrible, u can easily get to the 2 possible ans but to pick one hell a diff. in some of the blocks.
block 1-- very difficult, 44 q, marked like 12 q, 44th q could not answer due to short of time. got mad
block 2,3,4,5,6,7-- normal, 44/45 per block, marked like 5-6 q.
block 8---36 q only,no drug ad, no abstract, w...t...f... I barely could answer 50% correctly. rest was guessing. question stem even not so long, but I got hell confused in the last 2 choices in every q( I was not even that tired). first i thought like wow only 36 q(really i thought that they intentionally made the block shorter coz we get tired at the end) but the reality turned something else-guess what... i could not even finish the last q( out of time).
I'm scared of this exam, may be bcoz i was underestimating this test and my expectation could not meet the reality. I feel like I have no idea at all how i did the exam at last. i can't remember any questions. waiting for result with palpitations (I may develop AF till I get it out) ....
moral, tips and suggestions:
1. Do not worry about drug ad abstract( 1stly they are all together 7-8 q, 2ndly they are not difficult)
2. time management is crucial( I could review the marked q only in few blocks)
3. GET some energy drinks for 7th and 8th block
4. NBME or UW are v different than real exam
5. 25-30% of questions on ethics and behavioral and epid/biostat. OB/GYN also tons of q( it may be different for different persons i think)
6. Develop a decision making capacity rather than doin some by heart tasks
7. The exam is so tiring, have a good sleep beforehand.

Any questions? happy to answer guys. good luck to everyone.
i did my exam 3 weeks ago..........i am totally agree with you......the last block was difficult even it had less questions...and it is totally different from UW..NBME...kaplan q bank....
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i did my exam 3 weeks ago..........i am totally agree with you......the last block was difficult even it had less questions...and it is totally different from UW..NBME...kaplan q bank....
Interesting ...So the pattern of CK is changing....So better to write as soon as possible..Thanks for posting ...
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I had only 4 biostats questions. My drug ad was easy but the abstract was impossible. I had 3 questions from the abstract. I could only answer one because it was in my 45 block.
I couldn't sleep all night because there were questions I didn't know the answers too and I can't even find the answers online. Who thought they would ask questions that there are no answers to. Its not simple and straightforwards like uworld. They ask in a twisted fashion which is why I was "WTF" all throughout the exam.
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Shocking...I am very weak in ethics and behavioral ...How did u managed that ...Any suggestion for me to improve....

should i purchase Uworld subject review Bio-statistics & Epidemiology...



Please tell me your experiance..
I assure that these q were not that difficult. drug ad abstracts were easy in my case. only some general common sense ethics and behav q were stupid(like u can not tell certainly that whether the patient is competent or not, no way out).
so better prepare from any behav,ethics lectures- UW or Kaplan may help you.(that is what i think)
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Hey nepb.. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think you will be fine. I think we all panic after the exam, not that I have any CK experience though.

Anyway, wish you all the best for your scores and with your CS prep.
thanx for good hope. good luck...
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Interesting ...So the pattern of CK is changing....So better to write as soon as possible..Thanks for posting ...
i got my result today and it was 241/83
but really i think it is different from any question bank that u use.....i didn`t answer about 15 qs because the time finished i wish i could but really u have to manage ur time because some of qs r long especially psych qs....and ofcourse i spent a lot of tiem on abstract and drug ad..so i couldnt finish 3 blocks....some qs are very easy and u can answer it quickly..but some are more difficult and u need to think....although i answered all qs perfectly(i say from the graft that they gave ) exept psych... good luck everyone
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i got my result today and it was 241/83
but really i think it is different from any question bank that u use.....i didn`t answer about 15 qs because the time finished i wish i could but really u have to manage ur time because some of qs r long especially psych qs....and ofcourse i spent a lot of tiem on abstract and drug ad..so i couldnt finish 3 blocks....some qs are very easy and u can answer it quickly..but some are more difficult and u need to think....although i answered all qs perfectly(i say from the graft that they gave ) exept psych... good luck everyone
Congrats! Holy! Thats an amazing score and amazing news. I am going crazy trying to figure out how many questions I didn't know but I end up pulling out my hair and mixing all the questions up. I hope I pass. Thats all I care about. I did not have a great feeling coming out of the exam yesterday. Wow it was yesterday. Felt like a few days ago.
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i got my result today and it was 241/83
but really i think it is different from any question bank that u use.....i didn`t answer about 15 qs because the time finished i wish i could but really u have to manage ur time because some of qs r long especially psych qs....and ofcourse i spent a lot of tiem on abstract and drug ad..so i couldnt finish 3 blocks....some qs are very easy and u can answer it quickly..but some are more difficult and u need to think....although i answered all qs perfectly(i say from the graft that they gave ) exept psych... good luck everyone
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i got my result today and it was 241/83
but really i think it is different from any question bank that u use.....i didn`t answer about 15 qs because the time finished i wish i could but really u have to manage ur time because some of qs r long especially psych qs....and ofcourse i spent a lot of tiem on abstract and drug ad..so i couldnt finish 3 blocks....some qs are very easy and u can answer it quickly..but some are more difficult and u need to think....although i answered all qs perfectly(i say from the graft that they gave ) exept psych... good luck everyone
Congrats Shima, that is fantastic score for such a tough exam.
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guys how do u think the exam is scored?
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Congrats! Holy! Thats an amazing score and amazing news. I am going crazy trying to figure out how many questions I didn't know but I end up pulling out my hair and mixing all the questions up. I hope I pass. Thats all I care about. I did not have a great feeling coming out of the exam yesterday. Wow it was yesterday. Felt like a few days ago.
thank u...but don`t worry i had the same feeling especially after missing qs....i hope ur score will be great also.....
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hey shima . congrats on the score . awesome !
could you tell your nbme 4 or uwsa ?
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Hi Cingulate it includes only stats questions with answers and explanation , no ethics and videos....all d best
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could you tell your nbme 4 or uwsa ?
thank u so much...yes...my nbme form 4 was 246...and UWSA was 247....
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thank u so much...yes...my nbme form 4 was 246...and UWSA was 247....
I had also similar score in nbme and Uwsa,,,,praying for similar score as Shima...
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I had also similar score in nbme and Uwsa,,,,praying for similar score as Shima...
don`t worry i am sure u will be great......because i missed 15 qs....and also did not well in psych...i can undrestand ur feeling i had the same feeling as u...good luck
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got 242 (less than step 1).

I was really underestimating CK and I was v confident on it but the real exam was really hard.

I am v v v happy that i **********ed this ********exam .
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excellent!! i really hope for a similar score as urs
enjoy well deserved man! congratulations
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Thanx a lot buddy,,,,
Thanx for your support.
I am pretty sure you will do it. I know the pain, i know the carbuncle in ass
stay blessed
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got 242 (less than step 1).

I was really underestimating CK and I was v confident on it but the real exam was really hard.

I am v v v happy that i **********ed this ********exam .
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CONGRATS MAN! All the hard work paid off.

My comes next week. Keep having recurring nightmares I failed.

But congrats! Now you can properly celebrate!
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got 242 (less than step 1).

I was really underestimating CK and I was v confident on it but the real exam was really hard.

I am v v v happy that i **********ed this ********exam .
gud luck guys
congart...u got score as me...lol....i can undrestand ur feeling becuase i was very confident too....but i missed 15 qs...but who cares ..i am still happy....now i am studying for step 1...good for u that ur exams are finished...good luck
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CONGRATS MAN! All the hard work paid off.

My comes next week. Keep having recurring nightmares I failed.

But congrats! Now you can properly celebrate!
Thanx bro, I had the exactly same situation last week,,,I know the pain, dont worry, you will get a nice score. I was thinking all the time that I might fail it.
so those nightmares are normal.
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congart...u got score as me...lol....i can undrestand ur feeling becuase i was very confident too....but i missed 15 qs...but who cares ..i am still happy....now i am studying for step 1...good for u that ur exams are finished...good luck
thanx sis a lot. we had the same flashback and got the same score too.
i'm not done yet, I have CS in 2 weeks, only now Im able to focus, last 3 wks I could not study.
best of luck to ur step 1.
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Hey nepb I got the same score as you did for step 1 and got 240 on the uwsa last friday. I have the ck on friday and I am scared about the psy, beh and stat questions, hopefully I will get an above 240 score. Wish me luck guys.
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Hey nepb I got the same score as you did for step 1 and got 240 on the uwsa last friday. I have the ck on friday and I am scared about the psy, beh and stat questions, hopefully I will get an above 240 score. Wish me luck guys.
Good luck dude, nice to hear bout the similar scores
Manage your time during the exam. that is the most critical. you can do it. Be positive.
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hi ferv21 even my exam on friday...worried abot psy and biostats.....had given my uwsa 1.5 months back had a 236 in it....;(...a worried mind
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hi ferv21 even my exam on friday...worried abot psy and biostats.....had given my uwsa 1.5 months back had a 236 in it....;(...a worried mind
revise KLN on epid(or lectures-@4 hrs) and Psych.
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Nepb thanks for the supoort and the advice bro! Take care!

Askadolf. Nice man! We are goona rock this test on friday bro! I am only gonna go over stats, beh, psyc and surgery tomorrow from the first aid and thats it man!
Good luck bro, wish you the best! Let me know how it goes!

Greetings to you all from Mexico!
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Nepb thanks for the supoort and the advice bro! Take care!

Askadolf. Nice man! We are goona rock this test on friday bro! I am only gonna go over stats, beh, psyc and surgery tomorrow from the first aid and thats it man!
Good luck bro, wish you the best! Let me know how it goes!

Greetings to you all from Mexico!
good luck guys for tomorrow....
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Hey nebp,

how would say that real exam was hard....i have exam in january and i'm almost done with U-world....but i didnt do KAPLAN Q-bank.....plz can u advise me how to prepare further...i'm really worried after reading that the exam is no way similar to NBME or U-world....then what to do???
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[QUOTE=Dr.Hunny;164295]Hey nebp,

how would say that real exam was hard....i have exam in january and i'm almost done with U-world....but i didnt do KAPLAN Q-bank.....plz can u advise me how to prepare further...i'm really worried after reading that the exam is no way similar to NBME or U-world....then what to do???[/QU

exam is diverse. everybody gets diff q and diff experience. just study hard, it pays you back.plz read my post above for my suggestions.
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yep...i've already read ur post many a times to sort out my confusion....but after reading different exam experiences i really have a big question mark interms of what to do more??...i start feeling deficient in my preparation when i get to read that the exam is way different from U-world n nbme's....
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yep...i've already read ur post many a times to sort out my confusion....but after reading different exam experiences i really have a big question mark interms of what to do more??...i start feeling deficient in my preparation when i get to read that the exam is way different from U-world n nbme's....

The main issue is time management. pay special attn to epid/biostat/psy. its enouhg for IM/Surgery/Ob/Gyn/peds if u study frm KLN (if you had step 1 recently,u can skip), UW and MTB.
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So briefly... I.M,Surgery,Peads,Gynae/Obs... all done only frm KLN ,MTB-2 and U-world.. are sufficient enough to be answered in the exam?? plus
i didnt take step 1 yet so should i be doing biostat and epidemo from step 1? beacause step2 biostat n epidemo LN are going over my head....
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So briefly... I.M,Surgery,Peads,Gynae/Obs... all done only frm KLN ,MTB-2 and U-world.. are sufficient enough to be answered in the exam?? plus
i didnt take step 1 yet so should i be doing biostat and epidemo from step 1? beacause step2 biostat n epidemo LN are going over my head....
I think you are safe. Dont stress out much. Everything gonna be fine.Everybody feels the same pain before, during and after exam. u will find comfortable only after getting ur result.
good luck buddy...
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and if u're done with the comprehensive cases...plz can i ask for them??would be a great favor....
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and if u're done with the comprehensive cases...plz can i ask for them??would be a great favor....
check it out-
http://www.kaptest.com/Medical-Licen...ree/index.html
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Hi nepb ....i subscribed to their one month free comprehensive cases package but i didnt get any comprehensive cases?? its just a demo of 5 mins and after that it all ends-up..??? what to do further??
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Hi nepb ....i subscribed to their one month free comprehensive cases package but i didnt get any comprehensive cases?? its just a demo of 5 mins and after that it all ends-up..??? what to do further??
Just find the button somewhere there to subscribe...
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So it is over now. First 5 blocks I felt good but blocks 6,7,8 I am not so sure. I just hope I passed it. Tough test in deed. Now it is amatter of waiting.
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So it is over now. First 5 blocks I felt good but blocks 6,7,8 I am not so sure. I just hope I passed it. Tough test in deed. Now it is amatter of waiting.
congrats on being done. Hope for the best, u will get a good score...stay relaxed
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