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Kaplan Medical Kaplan CS live course & mock exam?

I'm thinking about attending the Kaplan CS live course & mock exam, but I'm not sure if it's for me, or if it would really be useful. I did some FA cases with a study partner and I get 70-80% in the checklist. My PN is very good too. My spoken English is not perfect, but is understandable.

I've always thought such courses are for those having trouble preparing. But I think I'm doing well.

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Hi Haisook, we are in the same boat. I am so tempted to take Kaplan course before my exam but I am not sure it is worth the price. My problem is my level of confidence and I am not used to talk with native speaker. I don't have problem with the exam content, I am more concerned with the communication part of this exam and I heard that the board really put emphasis on this component. I am not sure if taking this 5 days course will boost my performance in this component.
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It's not only Kaplan, there are many others, check them out here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...s-courses.html
Some of them have cheaper prices.

Also, for Kaplan, you don't need to take the full 5 days course, you can just take the one day (mock exam) for cheaper price. They will assess you and tell you if you are going to pass or not.
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My resources for cs : FA, Neeraj notes, CSE video, first few chapters from Kaplan CS Lecture Notes (got it from friend) and my study partner. I think it's enough, isn't it ? Is there any way to assess your readiness to take this exam other than taking Kaplan Mock Exam ? I am afraid that they dont give objective and genuine assessment of your performance (paranoid )
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My resources for cs : FA, Neeraj notes, CSE video, first few chapters from Kaplan CS Lecture Notes (got it from friend) and my study partner. I think it's enough, isn't it ? Is there any way to assess your readiness to take this exam other than taking Kaplan Mock Exam ? I am afraid that they dont give objective and genuine assessment of your performance (paranoid )
That has been discussed here
How to make sure that we will pass the CS?

As for the Kaplan Mock Exam, I think it's highly sensitive. Perhaps, it's over sensitive. Because if you are paranoid, then you have to think that these people want money from you, this means that they'll more likely to tell you that you won't pass (high sensitivity) rather than telling you you will pass (low sensitivity).
Generally speaking Kaplan Medical services are credible and have been used by thousands of students.
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