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Hi dear friends,
Today I got my CK result and I feel sOooO happy and relieved; for awhile (till start studying for step1)

This forum was the only well-organized usmle forum that helped me a lot, during my prep, and I really appreciate it.
Because I always checking here for new threads and new exam experiences I think sharing my experience, might be helpful for other CK-takers searching for the same subject!

As I came out from the exam I had NO idea what the result will be, but I was quite sure that the exam was somehow easier than Qbanks, overall...But I had no approximation of result.
It was lengthy but thoroughly possible to go through! You just need to be concentrating, and never panic, be focused and study confident and goal oriented!

I started studying for CK at Sept 20,
*finished Kaplan lecture notes: 2 times within 4 months (the second time was accompanied by note gathering).
Then started UW qbank for next 2 months (started at Feb 2nd), it was really helpful. I tried to reconsider studying every weak aspects and add new points to previous notes.

*I studied UW, subject wise and timed--->75%
*Took NBME 2 (Feb 26th)--->510
*10 days later UWSA (March 8th)---> 710/258

*A week after that, I took NBME3 because I planned to take the exam ASAP and I wanted to be sure about my score and felt that UWSA is overestimating the scores and I got --->540

It made me feel a little worried about a real 8-block, 9 hours exam result, so I postponed the exam and decided to start
*Kaplan qbank: 44-questions blocks, timed and random. with final percentage--->72%
(kaplan Qbank was really helpful too. It helped me become familiar with another kind of complexity of questions, I suggest UW and Kaplan both!)

Then I took a look at all notes I'd gathered and then
*USMLE sample (150 questions)---> 85%

And went for exam on April 14th and here is the result...

I will be happy to help with any questions,

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Will you recommend doin DVDS kaplan?
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Will you recommend doin DVDS kaplan?
Yes sure,
I used some of kaplan lectures which I forgot to mention about
I listened to psychology+some IM lectures(cardio,hemato,infectious dis)with first round of lecture notes+ethics and biostatistics at last week
you can go with them as much as your time lets you,but more importantly focus on notes and qbanks.
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Congratulations on this awesome score.
See you in our Step 1 Forum soon
Wishing you all the luck and success in your future steps.
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Congratulations on this awesome score.
See you in our Step 1 Forum soon
Wishing you all the luck and success in your future steps.
Thank you so much for your perfect wishes
I really appreciate your effort here and want to thank all staff,too.
wish you luck and success.
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Congratulation on getting a super score.. It will b a dream come true if i ever happen to score something close to yours..
Well done..and i m sure its very well deserved too
Congrats again..Shice
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congrats on ur score!!
can u please tell how kaplan q bank was help ful to u ...was it concept wise or to practice the long stem questions ?
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Congratulation on getting a super score.. It will b a dream come true if i ever happen to score something close to yours..
Well done..and i m sure its very well deserved too
Congrats again..Shice
thanks shice
I'm sure,soon,you'll achieve your goal too,no doubt.
wish you luck.
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congrats on ur score!!
can u please tell how kaplan q bank was help ful to u ...was it concept wise or to practice the long stem questions ?
best of luck for ur future steps

Thanks
Actually,I decided to use kaplan qbank too late and because of that I didnt have enough time to go through every questioin's concept carefully as I did for UW.
But I noticed that the whole design of questions had the tendency to brought your attention to some teeny tiny points which were not just in the center of your attention but not impossible to be asked for,too!
Besides,it really helped me to practise reading 44*6-8 blocks of appropriate lenght questions,as fast as possible.in the exam all you need is scanning the question stem-no matter how looooooong they are-and finding main relevant points in the minimum possible time.
moreover it was a quick review of what I'd studied before...

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Congrats rozirose! All the best with future steps and career!

One question-you suggested to do both UW and Kaplan! If in shortage of time, how should we spend our time in these 2 q banks? 50-50 split? 75-25?
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Congrats rozirose! All the best with future steps and career!

One question-you suggested to do both UW and Kaplan! If in shortage of time, how should we spend our time in these 2 q banks? 50-50 split? 75-25?
Thanks 1TA2B,I wish you the same as well
honestly, I liked UW more and learnt from it more so if I have to choose one of them I'll absolutely pick UW...
But on the other hand,the last thing which helped me boost my confidence was kaplan qbank.
I dont know by shortage of time,how many days do you mean,but if there is not enough time to finish UW,it's not a good idea to leave it unfinished and go for kaptest,I believe.
By the way I decided to buy kaplan qbank about 3 weeks prior to my exam and finished it within 2weeks,which I'm not regreted about

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hey congrats a lot.............ur success story has been inspiring for me esp......as also em takin my CK first. Good luck for step 1. May u do well for step 1 as u have done for CK
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hey congrats a lot.............ur success story has been inspiring for me esp......as also em takin my CK first. Good luck for step 1. May u do well for step 1 as u have done for CK
yes first time for me too!!!..n now feeling down(like prep not going well) and started wondering whether should take a review course like DIT....feeling side tracked..what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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yes first time for me too!!!..n now feeling down(like prep not going well) and started wondering whether should take a review course like DIT....feeling side tracked..what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What part u think is not goin well in ur prep........are u trying to say that u missin Step 1 stuff. Does "DIT" mean doctors in training?
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Hi,
Thanks alot Tangled,I hope your exam will go well too,and wish you luck and success with your CK.
Be sure that it is completely possible to pass it well before taking Step1

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Congrats rozirose! All the best with future steps and career!

One question-you suggested to do both UW and Kaplan! If in shortage of time, how should we spend our time in these 2 q banks? 50-50 split? 75-25?
If you take for granted that both UW and Kaplan are trying (separately) to cover everything you need to know for Step 2, then I would really recommend completely ONE qbank over any partial combination of the two. If you have time to do 1 1/2 qbanks or even 1 1/4, great, but if you choose to do a combination of the two, I would definitely recommend completing at least one of them to ensure that you cover all the material.
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what about psychiatry questions ... were they difficult?
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congratulation .... great score

what about psychiatry questions ... were they difficult?

Thanks Kemoo,
I believe psych questions wont seem difficult if you study and review kaplan lecture and lecture notes plus UW.

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Hi.. Congratulations for such a remarkable score..

Would you please help me out in scheduling my schedule?! Right now Im a final year student.. I have my final exams in Dec-Jan.. Im planning to give CK in 1st week of April.. But Im still unable to plan out how to start studying.. Right now Im definitely studying from textbooks because I have to give my final exams.. But I'm also studying Kaplan Lecture Notes side by side.. Please tell me how can I do better?! Your help will be appreciated a lot..
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hey congrats on ur super duper score im sure ur ecstatic.

well i just took my step 1 exam yesterday. it was decent will find out my result in the 3 -4 week time frame.

starting with my prep for step 2 ck. only thing is i have abt 2 -3 months to prepare. wat do u suggest.

thanks in advance!
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Hi.. Congratulations for such a remarkable score..

Would you please help me out in scheduling my schedule?! Right now Im a final year student.. I have my final exams in Dec-Jan.. Im planning to give CK in 1st week of April.. But Im still unable to plan out how to start studying.. Right now Im definitely studying from textbooks because I have to give my final exams.. But I'm also studying Kaplan Lecture Notes side by side.. Please tell me how can I do better?! Your help will be appreciated a lot..
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thank you

Actually I dont know which type of plan are you asking for...
But I think the mainstems are Kaplan lecture notes/lectures.So you have to make a plan to go through them completely and carefully.
When you finish them very good and thorough,try kaplan Qbank and UW...
I dont know if I could help enough,Let me know if you want to know anything else.

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hey congrats on ur super duper score im sure ur ecstatic.

well i just took my step 1 exam yesterday. it was decent will find out my result in the 3 -4 week time frame.

starting with my prep for step 2 ck. only thing is i have abt 2 -3 months to prepare. wat do u suggest.

thanks in advance!
Hi Susanbal,
Thank you so much.I wish you the best for your step 1 result too
If you want to take step 2 in 2-3 months,I think the best way is to take a NBME first and regarding to its score decide what to do.may be reading a q bank(UW for sure) will be the best choice.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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hey thanks a lot
but i was thinking of a more comprehensive review!
i took about 3 mnths for my step 1 prep.

i have abt 10-12 hrs to study each day if not more.
do u thnk kaplan notes and uw qbank would suffice
or do i need to do anythng else as well?

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Hi dear friends,
Today I got my CK result and I feel sOooO happy and relieved; for awhile (till start studying for step1)

This forum was the only well-organized usmle forum that helped me a lot, during my prep, and I really appreciate it.
Because I always checking here for new threads and new exam experiences I think sharing my experience, might be helpful for other CK-takers searching for the same subject!

As I came out from the exam I had NO idea what the result will be, but I was quite sure that the exam was somehow easier than Qbanks, overall...But I had no approximation of result.
It was lengthy but thoroughly possible to go through! You just need to be concentrating, and never panic, be focused and study confident and goal oriented!

I started studying for CK at Sept 20,
*finished Kaplan lecture notes: 2 times within 4 months (the second time was accompanied by note gathering).
Then started UW qbank for next 2 months (started at Feb 2nd), it was really helpful. I tried to reconsider studying every weak aspects and add new points to previous notes.

*I studied UW, subject wise and timed--->75%
*Took NBME 2 (Feb 26th)--->510
*10 days later UWSA (March 8th)---> 710/258

*A week after that, I took NBME3 because I planned to take the exam ASAP and I wanted to be sure about my score and felt that UWSA is overestimating the scores and I got --->540

It made me feel a little worried about a real 8-block, 9 hours exam result, so I postponed the exam and decided to start
*Kaplan qbank: 44-questions blocks, timed and random. with final percentage--->72%
(kaplan Qbank was really helpful too. It helped me become familiar with another kind of complexity of questions, I suggest UW and Kaplan both!)

Then I took a look at all notes I'd gathered and then
*USMLE sample (150 questions)---> 85%

And went for exam on April 14th and here is the result...

I will be happy to help with any questions,

Good luck
Congratulations on your brilliant success!!!
Best of luck for next steps...
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hey thanks a lot
but i was thinking of a more comprehensive review!
i took about 3 mnths for my step 1 prep.

i have abt 10-12 hrs to study each day if not more.
do u thnk kaplan notes and uw qbank would suffice
or do i need to do anythng else as well?

thanks in advance
I did Kaplan lecture notes,Some of lectures and UW but as I describe above right before exam I felt I want do kaplan Qbank too.
but UW is a "MUST" and if you read it well I think you will be fine
I think,do not disturb yourself with other materials...

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Hi,
thank you

Actually I dont know which type of plan are you asking for...
But I think the mainstems are Kaplan lecture notes/lectures.So you have to make a plan to go through them completely and carefully.
When you finish them very good and thorough,try kaplan Qbank and UW...
I dont know if I could help enough,Let me know if you want to know anything else.

good luck.
Thank a lot rozirose.. I wanna ask that Ive read many people saying that they covered one subject e.g. Medicine in 2 months.. Then Obs & Gyn in 1 month etc etc.. The thing is I cant do such schedule.. My finals will end in January & Im planning to give Step 2 in April.. So do you think if I keep reading Kaplan lectures of all subjects side by side, would I be able to do them as good as possible.. this point is really making me confused during the prep..
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thats an awesome score!!!

congratulations!!

GL in ur step 1. hope u get the same or even better yet.
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Congratulations
how many wrong question you got from 44 in us world and qbank
i mean how many right q from 44 enough to get 99
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im doing the same(finals end in feb and taking exam b/w feb and march)
and i can't follow plans by sticking to 1 subject and then another, im just doing whatever i feel like is that okay??
LOL.. Me too wanna know this from some person who has done this before..

But I guess that's our only option.. :s
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Thank a lot rozirose.. I wanna ask that Ive read many people saying that they covered one subject e.g. Medicine in 2 months.. Then Obs & Gyn in 1 month etc etc.. The thing is I cant do such schedule.. My finals will end in January & Im planning to give Step 2 in April.. So do you think if I keep reading Kaplan lectures of all subjects side by side, would I be able to do them as good as possible.. this point is really making me confused during the prep..
Actually,I think it can be possible If you cover kaplan lecture notes+ UW qbank at least one time.And because you are so fresh I think it wont be a big deal... And you can take NBME 3-4 weeks before your planned exam schedule and see if you are ready enough,then you can decide to postpone your exam.just dont worry for these topics.try to do it with all your best.

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Congratulations
how many wrong question you got from 44 in us world and qbank
i mean how many right q from 44 enough to get 99

Thanks,
I mentioned my overall percentile for those Q banks,I cant remember the exact number but I was about 70% in each exam...but I have no idea about the real exam.you can use this exam estimator website to find your real exam estimation toward your qbank scores:

http://www.medfriends.org/step2_estimator/index.htm

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Congratulations Rozirose

Just want to ask, how many hours did you pour in on average per day?
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hi rozirose...congratulations awesome score...on reading your experience i found that you have not done kaplan videos....i find they are taking most part of schedule...are they must to do..what do u advise??
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Congratulations Rozirose

Just want to ask, how many hours did you pour in on average per day?
Thank you
I think at very first month it was about 4-5 hours,then about 6-7 hours per day for next 2-3 months,then about 8 hours per day for next months and more than 10 hours per day(up to 14 hours)for last 2-3 weeks.
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hi rozirose...congratulations awesome score...on reading your experience i found that you have not done kaplan videos....i find they are taking most part of schedule...are they must to do..what do u advise??
Hi,
Thank you so much.
I described that I did some of videos(psycho,ID,hemato and cardio).Although they were great I think Qbanks are more priceless.so I prefered to focuse on them more...
Let me know if there is any other question I can help.
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I think at very first month it was about 4-5 hours,then about 6-7 hours per day for next 2-3 months,then about 8 hours per day for next months and more than 10 hours per day(up to 14 hours)for last 2-3 weeks.
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Thanks for the reply Rozirose.

May I ask if you are working? Or full time studying?

Have you taken step 1?
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Thanks for the reply Rozirose.

May I ask if you are working? Or full time studying?

Have you taken step 1?
I was neither working nor studying during my prep...
And no,I haven't taken step1 yet.I am preparing for it nowadays...

good luck woth your exams
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Hi dear friends,
Today I got my CK result and I feel sOooO happy and relieved; for awhile (till start studying for step1)

This forum was the only well-organized usmle forum that helped me a lot, during my prep, and I really appreciate it.
Because I always checking here for new threads and new exam experiences I think sharing my experience, might be helpful for other CK-takers searching for the same subject!

As I came out from the exam I had NO idea what the result will be, but I was quite sure that the exam was somehow easier than Qbanks, overall...But I had no approximation of result.
It was lengthy but thoroughly possible to go through! You just need to be concentrating, and never panic, be focused and study confident and goal oriented!

I started studying for CK at Sept 20,
*finished Kaplan lecture notes: 2 times within 4 months (the second time was accompanied by note gathering).
Then started UW qbank for next 2 months (started at Feb 2nd), it was really helpful. I tried to reconsider studying every weak aspects and add new points to previous notes.

*I studied UW, subject wise and timed--->75%
*Took NBME 2 (Feb 26th)--->510
*10 days later UWSA (March 8th)---> 710/258

*A week after that, I took NBME3 because I planned to take the exam ASAP and I wanted to be sure about my score and felt that UWSA is overestimating the scores and I got --->540

It made me feel a little worried about a real 8-block, 9 hours exam result, so I postponed the exam and decided to start
*Kaplan qbank: 44-questions blocks, timed and random. with final percentage--->72%
(kaplan Qbank was really helpful too. It helped me become familiar with another kind of complexity of questions, I suggest UW and Kaplan both!)

Then I took a look at all notes I'd gathered and then
*USMLE sample (150 questions)---> 85%

And went for exam on April 14th and here is the result...

I will be happy to help with any questions,

Good luck
congratulations,it's so kind of u 2 tell me where can i find free downloads of uw q bank,tnx,best wishes.
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Hi dear friends,
Today I got my CK result and I feel sOooO happy and relieved; for awhile (till start studying for step1)

This forum was the only well-organized usmle forum that helped me a lot, during my prep, and I really appreciate it.
Because I always checking here for new threads and new exam experiences I think sharing my experience, might be helpful for other CK-takers searching for the same subject!

As I came out from the exam I had NO idea what the result will be, but I was quite sure that the exam was somehow easier than Qbanks, overall...But I had no approximation of result.
It was lengthy but thoroughly possible to go through! You just need to be concentrating, and never panic, be focused and study confident and goal oriented!

I started studying for CK at Sept 20,
*finished Kaplan lecture notes: 2 times within 4 months (the second time was accompanied by note gathering).
Then started UW qbank for next 2 months (started at Feb 2nd), it was really helpful. I tried to reconsider studying every weak aspects and add new points to previous notes.

*I studied UW, subject wise and timed--->75%
*Took NBME 2 (Feb 26th)--->510
*10 days later UWSA (March 8th)---> 710/258

*A week after that, I took NBME3 because I planned to take the exam ASAP and I wanted to be sure about my score and felt that UWSA is overestimating the scores and I got --->540

It made me feel a little worried about a real 8-block, 9 hours exam result, so I postponed the exam and decided to start
*Kaplan qbank: 44-questions blocks, timed and random. with final percentage--->72%
(kaplan Qbank was really helpful too. It helped me become familiar with another kind of complexity of questions, I suggest UW and Kaplan both!)

Then I took a look at all notes I'd gathered and then
*USMLE sample (150 questions)---> 85%

And went for exam on April 14th and here is the result...

I will be happy to help with any questions,

Good luck
congratulations on ur score,wish u the same on step 1,can u please guide me where can i find free download of UW Q BANK?tnx for your help
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