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Cool Step 3 exam experience

Just took day 2, gonna write this while my memories are still fresh. But clearly I don't know if I passed yet so who knows...maybe my opinion doesn't count yet haha.

Day 1: The stems are not that much longer than uworld as people are claiming. They are definitely do-able. There are plenty of biostatistics definitely go over that. Go over the trial phases also. I was able to finish every block in the given time, I was even able to go back and check a few answers. But you cant do the questions at a totally relaxed speed, you have to be on the ball, same as the rest of the steps. Overall, this day is not too bad.

Day 2: The 6 blocks of 30 were not very difficult to solve, I can not say that I finished all of the blocks much earlier as some people claim. There were some head scratchers but overall pretty straight forward, just like uworld. The CCS cases, you gotta calm down... If you are not thinking straight ur gunna forget stuff. I would think of stuff while im reading the case intro and forget some of the differential by the time I was doing physical exam, maybe thats just me. The cases are mostly covered by uworld, this includes the 41 printout cases. Overall, a long exhausting day but I finished it more than an hour early.

Study resources (this is where i'm gonna get picky):
uworld qbank: This is the ultimate tool, use this for sure, go through all the questions. Do all your wrong questions again. Just keep doing the questions, read all the explanations at least the first time through.

Kaplan qbank: These blocks were timed faster and it was good for getting my speed reading up. BUT, and this is a big but... I have a list of stuff I didn't like about kaplan qbank:
- When you answer a questions, many of them have insufficient data to tell you how other people answered, even though the question has been in the bank for years.
- Some of the questions say they were last updated in 2011....what the hell, they claim they are updated more often, but I fail to believe them as some questions don't even follow modern recommendations. They are not totally off, but they don't even provide sources of data like uworld...Fail
- The software sucks, scrolling is annoying, it freezes mid question, doesn't work in full screen...they need a serious software makeover.
- Questions were written badly compared to uworld and the real exam, not saying they didn't have good into in the explanations sometimes, but the way it was written frustrated me.
- No biostats, you cant divide the questions into day 1 and day 2 like in uworld.
- Overall, I think, as long as you pay them the money for the bank they are milking all of you. Clearly they are not investing this money or time into making a higher level qbank
What I liked about kaplan:
The self assessment showed me where I had some weaknesses which correlated with other self assessments. Helped me focus in on what to study.

uworld CCS: This was great, definitely use it, go over all the cases and all of the read out cases. This may be all you need to pass this part of the exam
Archer: I think the Dr.'s name is Dr. Red. He does a good job of explaining the software and giving you tips on when to do things, on which screens. If you have time I would recommend it, you just get to know the way you should manage everything better. The downside is: There are so many hours of this stuff...you can not watch it at a speed any faster than real time. Unless you have months, there is just no way a normal person is going to watch it all. I emailed him about this and apparently he is working on making the video player and software better, hopefully there will be the option to play the videos faster also.

uworld biostats:
This is a great resource and it covers everything you need to know on the exam. But, I almost broke everything in my room a few times. I found at least 2 mistakes on calculations, blatantly wrong...wrong formula, wrong explanation....unbelieveable. I'm paying them to teach me statistics and I need to send them an e-mail with corrections. They eventually corrected it to my suggestion, but, They gave me no response, no thank you, no discount...nothing....capitalistic. Thats the reason I'm outing them, because they didn't say thank you after I provided them with corrections on material which hundreds of people are using to pass the exam. Shame.

OnlineMedEd: Jesus....I just watched the free videos. I wish I knew about this a long time ago. This stuff is just amazing. If you have time, or even if you are taking a break. Go watch these videos. Freaking awesome. Im gonna watch them even after the exam just so I am more competent as a doctor. Hats off to them.

Do the uworld self assessments, and the NBME form for sure. They tell you were you stand and where you need to improve. You might as well do the Free 150 or whatever they are called from the USMLE website.

Of course in retrospect this exam seems do-able. I don't know If I passed or not, I really hope I'm done with this once and for all. Goodluck to all of you.
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Kaplan MTB 3: Forgot to mention this one. I read this probably twice...I knew I forgot something. Its a good resource to get a base of knowledge. If you know everything in this book you know enough for sure. But, there are some inconsistencies and some recommendation are out of date and done coincide with current recommendations, These things probably won't make or break you on test day though.
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Hey,

Thanks for thorough explanation and amazing tips. I am sure you did great and your results will be what you desire. However, I want to know how long it took you to study for this exam and if you were working while studying for step 3?



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Hey, Thanks.
Studied for about 2 months seriously. I was working for part of the time but only about 3 days per week. Last couple of weeks before the exam I took off from work and focused on studying.
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Kaplan MTB 3: Forgot to mention this one. I read this probably twice...I knew I forgot something. Its a good resource to get a base of knowledge. If you know everything in this book you know enough for sure. But, there are some inconsistencies and some recommendation are out of date and done coincide with current recommendations, These things probably won't make or break you on test day though.
Hey thank you so much for sharing your experience ! God-willing you'll pass..
Can you please let me know if you would recommend going through MTB 3? Or UW and it's explanation are enough for the exam?

Thanks and Enjoy !!
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Hey thank you so much for sharing your experience ! God-willing you'll pass..
Can you please let me know if you would recommend going through MTB 3? Or UW and it's explanation are enough for the exam?

Thanks and Enjoy !!
The question everybody including me wanted to know while they were studying :-)

It depends how thorough you are. If you only read the explanations for questions which you got wrong quickly, and go to the bottom and read the "main point" they always have, then you should probably supplement your reading with something else.

If you read the explanations for even the questions which you got correct and learn why the other answers are incorrect and in which situation they would be correct, then uworld could theoretically be enough.

But looking up stuff online on medscape and aafp was also a great supplement to the reading. Luckily uworld also lists resources under many of their explanations if you get curious.

If you are not sure about something you read in uworld or mtb 3 and you want to know the correct algorithm or recommendations, the AAFP (American Academy of Family Practitioners) has guidelines and algorithms to look over, its also a good supplement.

Don't forget to do CCS, and start doing it early.
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