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First off, the USMLE and ECFMG can rot in hell. In this day and age there is no need to wait 4 weeks to get exam results, unless of course, they play with the numbers, which they FREAKING DO!! Once you write an exam you should instantly have the scores. IMHO.

Iím went through emotions like crazy. Depressed, anxiety, ok feelings. This is so hard waiting, knowing your exam results come out on the 3 or 4th wed (depending on when you wrote it). And for what? Because they want to mess with your true score and have a nice bell curve. USMLE and ECFMG are idiots.

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Wrote Exam April 16, 2013

USMLE Pass Score- 196
My Goal: 196- (I already have a residency, so I just need a pass)
My exam RESULT- 201

How I studied:

I read the MTB CK and wrote some notes down early on in my studies. For me, reading the books and retaining information doesnít really work. I must have ADHD because I canít sit still long enough and my brain goes all over for me too really get into the books.

So Iím more of a qbank guy. I do a lot of them, to retain my information and get concepts down.

I did 2 Qbanks- USMLEworld & USMLErx

USMLErx:
I thought this was a good start. It exercises your mind and gets you thinking about past Step 1 information and putting recall into your head.

USMLEworld:
This is a go to Qbank. My exam was set up just like this. The questions, by far, are so similar to this Qbank its scary. While sitting in my exam I thought to myself, this is exactly like USMLEworld.

Besides reading MTB CK once, I only studied using the above Qbanks. I always wrote down the things I got wrong on a notepad and went back and studied them after. I did my notepad readings about 3 or 4 times. The most important thing to do is gain confidence. You gain confidence by taking all Qbanks on TIMED Mode.

I did NOT do any first aid books or MTB step 3 book or any other books.


Test Date:
I had a car accident so I was unable to study for 1 month. My neck was buggered up and I had bad headaches all the way up to my exam So sitting for this exam was tough for me, as I was fighting the headache.

Felt like I was unprepared going in, but got to the point that I couldnít study anymore. I was reading and redoing questions but it seemed like I was ďphoningĒ it in.

The exam was rough. 8 Blocks is long. Half way through my brain shut down. I missed lots of questions just from fatigue alone. Break time is about 45 minutes. Use it and use it wisely. There isnít a lot of time to go back and reread or review your answers. In fact there isnít any time to do so.

I made the mistake of doing a couple blocks back to back. Donít do this. On my second block about 20 questions in my brain became fried and couldnít think. After I took a break, ate a banana and an apple and chocolate bar my brain felt good again. Eat something small and drink Coke/Caffeine after each block, also doesnít hurt to have some Motrin on hand and some eye drops.

Questions range from 42-42 questions per block then my last block had 35 Qís
Time is a factor. Some questions were long. Others were 7 lines. Pictures are horrible on the exam, small and sometimes blurry to me.

Overall, this is a doable exam. Just like USMLEworld. You feel like you should know every question. I had mix emotions coming out of the exam. Half way through the exam I felt I passed, half way home I felt I failed. My emotions kept doing that for over three weeks. So honestly, these past weeks I had NO idea how I did. All I know was that I freaked out and couldnít sleep well or concentrate at all for the past month.

I marked questions that I either didnít know or wasnít sure. I kept having a range between 10-15 marked per block. Some questions I could narrow it down to 2 choices then I just picked. Questions per block: 44, 45, 44, 45, 44, 45, 44, 32.

There was a drug advertisments which were easier than Uworlds then came the 3 part question of Evidence based analysis of a drug. I was running low on time and I couldnít read it quick enough and make a educated guess, so I just picked 1 letter for all 3 questions and hope that I got a 1/3 on it.

Iím probably the 5031st worst test taker in the world. I always think they are trying to trick me and then I talk myself out of picking the right answer. Stick with what pops into your head 1st. Donít talk yourself out of the answer or make the answer fit your thinking.


Because I know you all like Stats:

Stats
USMLErx- 71% (Tutor Mode) Only took 1 time
-Medicine- 67%
-OBGYN- 69%
-Peds- 76%
-PMCH- 71%
-Psych- 77%
-Surgery- 73%

USMLEworld- 66% (Timed) Only did 1 time, then redid Qís I got wrong.
Percentile- 51st
-I.M.-63% (52nd percentile)
-OB/GYN- 72% (57th percentile)
-Peds- 69% (55th Percentile)
-Psych- 77% (42nd Percentile)
-Surgery- 66% (48th Percentile)

NBME Assessments
May 23, 2012 - Form 1 = 110 = 139 (just started clinics, just wanted to take a shot at it with no study time)
Feb 10, 2013- Form 2 = 350 = 195
March 29, 2013- Form 4 = 400 = 207
May 6, 2013 - Form 6 = 450 = 227

USMLEworld Assessments
April 3, 430 = 430 = 201

USMLE.org Step 2 CK Test
April 3th, 2013
Block 1- 73% (32/44)
Block 2- 78% (32/41)
Block 3- 76% (31/41)


USMLEworld Assessment is BEST predictor by far. Use this at the VERY last


Final USMLE Test Stats

Step 1- Failed 2 X (passed with 198)
Step 2 CK- Passed 1st time (Passed with 201)
Step 2 CS- Passed 1 time (Passed with a pass, stars on far right)

If I can get residency anyone can. Try hard, don't give up

See you in Step 3 Forms
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Congrats on the pass!..I have a question...how come you had residency already?
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My school wanted me to have USMLE's done to get diploma. I have a residency in Canada. I've completed my Canadian Exams as well. EE and Q1
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My school wanted me to have USMLE's done to get diploma. I have a residency in Canada. I've completed my Canadian Exams as well. EE and Q1
Thats amazing.
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My school wanted me to have USMLE's done to get diploma. I have a residency in Canada. I've completed my Canadian Exams as well. EE and Q1
So cool!! I love Canada! I had the idea that it was harder to get in a residency in Canada than in the US for IMG's!
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I think it is, but i'm Canadian so that probably helped. I'm not going to lie, I think I got lucky.
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I think it is, but i'm Canadian so that probably helped. I'm not going to lie, I think I got lucky.
Thats awesome! For me Canada is the most beautiful country in the world! Love everything about it! Thats why, no matter where i get into residency, i will end up looking for jobs in the north border (Seattle would be my dream come true), so i can visit often :P. Im a US citizen-IMG!

Well, good luck on future goals!
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Thanks for sharing your story. You are an inspiration for upcoming IMGs like myself.
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thanks guys.

I put my story up here because I'm not the only one with lower scores. I know so many people who have 186-210's in step 1 and step 2 that have gotten prematched and also matched.

Most people on these type of forms only put their high scores on here. So it makes it seem like everyone is getting high scores except for "you".

Know that this isn't always the case. I did rotations with IMGs that had "99's" in both step 1 and step 2 and they are back in their home country because they didn't get matched. In that same groups the lower scores got the residency. why? Interview. The interview is what gets you the job. Lots of residencies will give you interviews, heck I had Detroit interviews and I failed my step 1 twice. Lucky I was kicked out of the USA match after I matched in Canada.

So, don't pay too much attention about high score postings. Its great they get it, but when you're in residency nobody gives a **** what your scores are.
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thanks guys.

I put my story up here because I'm not the only one with lower scores. I know so many people who have 186-210's in step 1 and step 2 that have gotten prematched and also matched.

Most people on these type of forms only put their high scores on here. So it makes it seem like everyone is getting high scores except for "you".

Know that this isn't always the case. I did rotations with IMGs that had "99's" in both step 1 and step 2 and they are back in their home country because they didn't get matched. In that same groups the lower scores got the residency. why? Interview. The interview is what gets you the job. Lots of residencies will give you interviews, heck I had Detroit interviews and I failed my step 1 twice. Lucky I was kicked out of the USA match after I matched in Canada.

So, don't pay too much attention about high score postings. Its great they get it, but when you're in residency nobody gives a **** what your scores are.

hey im also a canadian looking to match in canada!...what program did you get into and where?
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none of the ''250+ score you can do it too'' motivational posts were nearly as pleasent as this one to read. actually, i probably would have studied usmleworld less if i read this before the exam. there are simply too many posts saying you cant match unless you have a massive score.... and redundant research... and US clinical experience... and connections... and a nice tie... and an abundace of smiles. im sure that people whose goal it is to be a good physician match with none of the above. or rather, that may just be what i would prefer.

cheers to everyone with really really high scores. congrats to everyone who didnt need it. and Thank God for everyone who help those in need.
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Congrats on getting residency!!!awesome work man!

I have a question however about the mccee and mccqe1 tho, how did you study for these exams, specially the mccqe1. Im trying for both the canadian and united states matches and have my mccee exam coming in september. After i get my ck done in july, was going to pretty much immediately study for mccee but have no idea what resources to use other than the 2012 toronto notes that i have. you think the ck books like kaplan and etc is good enough for EE?
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hi doctor congratulations to u,, i just finished my mccqe1 and passed it,um about going thr usmle but i studied from toronto notes for both ee and qe1,i like these books but for usmle should i study kaplan or toronto notes r enough
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congrats! You know if you got that score a few months later, it wouldn't be pass. SO stupid they always change passing score and rules.
Enjoy your success!!!
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