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materials-KLN, MTB2+3, step 1 FA, kaplan QBank, UW, kaplan videos, fischers 20 cases,
KLN-not as efficient as for step 1, MTB2+3 (consider it as a one book) good but lacking important topics so supplement it with uw info
kaplan videos are exact replica of LN so u can skip either one
fischers 20 cases good but not mandatory
FA step 1-all the immunodeficiencies+biostats part and some other topics
KQB could be skipped

NBME6 month before exam 252
uwsa 4 days before exam 264
CK 247

i followed MTB2 order, did KLN and made sticky notes into MTB2, printed out those topics from MTB3 which were absent from MTB2. Did UW offline 2013 (which i admit was a mistake cause the question formats were not representing the actual exam format 2014) although it gave me a good insight into a clinical medicine.
i took my step1 year ago (245) and my basics were kinda a fresh, so the transition to CK was smooth (nothing seemed WTF except drug ads and abstracts)

i barely slept for 2h the night before exam (took zolpidem 10mg-no effect)
got plenty of redbulls and snickers bars and used them after each block wich gave me the strength to overcome this mental pain.
exam was vague with few clues, plenty of labs and very tiring but doable. In few blocks i ran short on time and couldnt review the abstracts and ads + due to mental fatigue screwed up easy biostats questions. I believe this caused the drop of my score (lowest performance in normal growth, development, principles of care).

preparation for this exams is a mental challenge, it is very depressive and demoralizing process and many times u will doubt ur intelectual abilities, many times u will want to give up and wish u have never started it
but keep moving no matter how hard it is, think positive, maintain ur social life and keep exercising all this gonna ease ur struggle.
the worst thing is no one (spouse, parents, friends) will understand what it takes to go through this torment unless they are into this so do not bother explaining.

all the best
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Thanks for sharing your experience! Congratulations on a very good score. I knew you would do great because the way you helped me out on neuro I actually pasted it in a word document plus some of my own gathered info, it's an awesome file for a quick review. I understand about other people not understanding the amount of stress, steps give you. Fortunately my spouse is also a dr so he underwent this whole process and knows but rest of the people no they are like yeah yeah an exam you'd be fine, you passed all the exams in school so what's the big deal? They express anger and think you're rude if you happen to decline an invitation to a party/gathering. Anyway I started my own rant. So you're applying this year best of luck! I Hope to join the team soon!
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Thanks for sharing your experience. how did you manage to annotate MTB. I mean, what resources did you annotate into it? did you find Kaplan qbank useful?
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materials-KLN, MTB2+3, step 1 FA, kaplan QBank, UW, kaplan videos, fischers 20 cases,
KLN-not as efficient as for step 1, MTB2+3 (consider it as a one book) good but lacking important topics so supplement it with uw info
kaplan videos are exact replica of LN so u can skip either one
fischers 20 cases good but not mandatory
FA step 1-all the immunodeficiencies+biostats part and some other topics
KQB could be skipped

NBME6 month before exam 252
uwsa 4 days before exam 264
CK 247

i followed MTB2 order, did KLN and made sticky notes into MTB2, printed out those topics from MTB3 which were absent from MTB2. Did UW offline 2013 (which i admit was a mistake cause the question formats were not representing the actual exam format 2014) although it gave me a good insight into a clinical medicine.
i took my step1 year ago (245) and my basics were kinda a fresh, so the transition to CK was smooth (nothing seemed WTF except drug ads and abstracts)

i barely slept for 2h the night before exam (took zolpidem 10mg-no effect)
got plenty of redbulls and snickers bars and used them after each block wich gave me the strength to overcome this mental pain.
exam was vague with few clues, plenty of labs and very tiring but doable. In few blocks i ran short on time and couldnt review the abstracts and ads + due to mental fatigue screwed up easy biostats questions. I believe this caused the drop of my score (lowest performance in normal growth, development, principles of care).

preparation for this exams is a mental challenge, it is very depressive and demoralizing process and many times u will doubt ur intelectual abilities, many times u will want to give up and wish u have never started it
but keep moving no matter how hard it is, think positive, maintain ur social life and keep exercising all this gonna ease ur struggle.
the worst thing is no one (spouse, parents, friends) will understand what it takes to go through this torment unless they are into this so do not bother explaining.

all the best
Hi there! In light of your experience, how would you compare the nbme type questions to the actual exam in terms of difficulty level, length of questions and way of description?
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Good old times
Hello fellows
I annotated mostly uw in mtb2
kqb was not very useful knowledge wise but it did help in time management.
Actual exam type questions are presented in free 150 sample questions given on usmle website
Nbme and uwsa questions were slightly shorter and more directed whereas exam questions were slightly longer (including lab results) and vague
In my opinion in addition to theoretical knowledge some practical experience is necessary for few questions to correctly choose between 50/50 options.

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Good old times
Hello fellows
I annotated mostly uw in mtb2
kqb was not very useful knowledge wise but it did help in time management.
Actual exam type questions are presented in free 150 sample questions given on usmle website
Nbme and uwsa questions were slightly shorter and more directed whereas exam questions were slightly longer (including lab results) and vague
In my opinion in addition to theoretical knowledge some practical experience is necessary for few questions to correctly choose between 50/50 options.
Thank you for coming back and sharing advices with us. I'll use Kaplan for that then.
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