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Old 04-19-2012
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Smile Nyuszi CS Experience!

Hi folks!

Its me again! Hoping this lovely test is a once in a lifetime experience

So I took CS recently in Philly! Nice city, great transport, really nice people.

I stayed at the Apple hostel, cheaper than the hotels, clean, nice, and a short subway ride from the test center.

Exam itself: Mix of international students/grads and American students. People were friendly, exam proctors were good, made instructions very clear, food was good, had both meat and vegetarian options.
WOW, time went by fast! It was like a time warp zone in there. Everyone said that, guess we were very focused!
None of the cases were OMG or scary or horrible, if you try to forget that SPs are grading you, you can act more natural. The 5 min beep was loud in some of the rooms and scared me a little (that doesnt happen in the clinic )
Make sure you try out all the stuff in the orientation beforehand. The cables for the instruments are kinda short so keep that in mind. Look professional, but wear comfy shoes. If you're a student, get your hands on a short coat. Relax and smile, you aren't there to depress people.

Exam prep:
Did FA (older one) with a partner, read the whole thing before starting practice. Read the new cases in the new FA a few days before the test.
Watched CSE videos (all of them) in about a month.
Went to NYCSprep in NYC. That was really helpful, they have very detailed seminars on how to do every aspect of the interview and physical, then you have to do cases in front of the whole class, and then we go over the case and critique each students performance, then do a mock test with a bunch of SPs who then give you feedback after every case. That was the most helpful part for me. Teachers are great, they tell it like it is, and don't spare you - they will tell you if you will probably fail and need more practice. They are devoted to you, most days we went 8 am to like 9. I thought I needed a live course, since I don't study in the US and we don't have anything like this at our school. And I practiced with some of the awesome peeps i met in the course, we rotated who was the SP, the dr, and the critique-giver.

Soooo if you have any questions, ask! i'll post when i get the results, won't be soon though bc they take a long time to grade!

Have a lovely day and study well!
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can u give ne advice frm ur experience what u learnt and could apply for exam from tat live coaching. something tat we do not know of.
tahnku for sharing u r experience .we appreciate it
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best thing you learn in a live case prep is simulation by real sps, who are much more difficult to work with than your friends most of the time, because they may be a different age, cultural background etc and you need to be able to work with anything! Friends/family tend to be easier on you because you know them and thier reactions most of all! some SPs are angry, sensitive etc and it feels different to "offend" a real stranger than have your friend pretend they are angry.
hope this helps!
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