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Old 05-19-2013
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Hey guys, I need honest advice. I recently failed my step 1 exam for the 3rd time by a few points. I am not allowed another attempt (ECFMG rules) until November. I wanted to give myself about 2-3 months to prepare again but am forced to wait 6 months. Do I just study for 6 months? Is there anything I can do to help my resume in the meantime while studying? I don't want to change careers without giving it just one more attempt (especially since I was off by a few points). I know that if I score well on Step 2, I will be able to figure something out for residency, even though it will be tough.

I am posting here because I feel that this category of the forum is more experienced than the Step 1 forum. You guys might know better. What would be the smart thing to do here? I don't know what to do. Advice would be greatly appreciated, good or bad.
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Hey guys, I need honest advice. I recently failed my step 1 exam for the 3rd time by a few points. I am not allowed another attempt (ECFMG rules) until November. I wanted to give myself about 2-3 months to prepare again but am forced to wait 6 months. Do I just study for 6 months? Is there anything I can do to help my resume in the meantime while studying? I don't want to change careers without giving it just one more attempt (especially since I was off by a few points). I know that if I score well on Step 2, I will be able to figure something out for residency, even though it will be tough.

I am posting here because I feel that this category of the forum is more experienced than the Step 1 forum. You guys might know better. What would be the smart thing to do here? I don't know what to do. Advice would be greatly appreciated, good or bad.
Would advice u to stop all other works including recreational like jim running film etc and concentrate fully on studies....
See kaplan vedios ...study FA...only....do uw.....

All the best...
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Hi,

I appreciate your dedication and perseverance. This means you are strong and motivated towards your goal. Failing step 1 a third time could be detrimental to your CV. But you can always make up for it.

Have u been taking the NBMEs before appearing for the test? Under no circumstance shud u take the exam without an NBME score above 230. You will need a full time study of 4-6 months. Atleast 12 hours a day shud be put in. Read the FA well. Use kaplan books for the topics u are weak at. Meanwhile also take the kaplan QB for 2 months. By then ur preparation will be strong. Then go ahead and do the UW for 3 months. Take atleast 3 NBMEs and make sure u get above 230 on your NBMEs. And then u are all set to go.

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Hey thanks for the responses guys. I took 4 NBMEs before my exam. I scored from 193-203 range on all 4 NBMEs. My score on the previous step was in the 180s. During my earlier attempts, I did not take my exam based on NBMEs and I know I was not well prepared. I waited until I was consistently passing my NBMEs on my 3rd try.

So with these 6 months, I will follow the advice given. But is there anything else I could do in the meantime to help in my residency later on? Could I possibly do some research? Maybe something that doesn't require a lot of my time? Thanks for the responses once again.
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Hey thanks for the responses guys. I took 4 NBMEs before my exam. I scored from 193-203 range on all 4 NBMEs. My score on the previous step was in the 180s. During my earlier attempts, I did not take my exam based on NBMEs and I know I was not well prepared. I waited until I was consistently passing my NBMEs on my 3rd try.

So with these 6 months, I will follow the advice given. But is there anything else I could do in the meantime to help in my residency later on? Could I possibly do some research? Maybe something that doesn't require a lot of my time? Thanks for the responses once again.
Your situation is really really bad.. first of all you must ask yourself WHY you have failed 3 TIMES... the answer to what your ask is not a simple black and white answer.. it is extremely hard for us to help you without knowing what were your previous study methods and what materials you used in the first and second time...

Secondly .. i dont know how you dared to take the exam with those NBME scores.... You have to tell us more about yourself.. recent or old grad... how many hours per day you dedicated to studying and so on..

Without this forget it.. the odds are that you will fail for a 4th and even a 5th time if you dont change the pattern you were using to study (which we dont know right now)

what I bolded is something really odd coming from someone that wants to really do good on this test.. dont follow any advise until you tell us what you did previously and HOW MANY hours you intend to work hard... you gotta understand something.. when you pass this test.. you have to really really really really excel it.. I mean more than 250 or 260... so that the world sees you can improve etc etc.
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Hey thanks for the responses guys. I took 4 NBMEs before my exam. I scored from 193-203 range on all 4 NBMEs. My score on the previous step was in the 180s. During my earlier attempts, I did not take my exam based on NBMEs and I know I was not well prepared. I waited until I was consistently passing my NBMEs on my 3rd try.

So with these 6 months, I will follow the advice given. But is there anything else I could do in the meantime to help in my residency later on? Could I possibly do some research? Maybe something that doesn't require a lot of my time? Thanks for the responses once again.
My 2 cents here...you should dedicate full time, full speed to your studies without any other time consuming activities including a job, even in research area. I'm a research fellow here in US and believe me, you will NOT have lots of spare time left to study for your steps; so in your case that you failed multiple times you cannot take any risk right now of failing again due to lack of time of dedicated study; good luck.
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Hollo friend,
You recently failed your step 1 exam for the 3rd time.It is no matter beause failer is the piler of success. Yes you should read 6 months in hard.I believe that reach your gool.
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This might sound harsh but maybe you should focus on getting a residency somewhere else. It is irresponsible for me to try to encourage you to keep wasting your time and hard-earned money when you will most likely be unable to match anywhere because they rule out applicants who have failed Step 1 once. Now imagine your case, where you have failed 3 times.

I hope you donīt find my comments offensive as thatīs not my goal. Its just that sometimes we need a reality check.
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It’s definitely sad to see you missing out by just few points, I would suggest you to put the whole focus into next 6 months and stop seeking any other way, I am sure you will make it through since I can see the determination in you, so I definitely believe you can make it just bit more effort and you will be done!
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Hey guys, I need honest advice. I recently failed my step 1 exam for the 3rd time by a few points. I am not allowed another attempt (ECFMG rules) until November. I wanted to give myself about 2-3 months to prepare again but am forced to wait 6 months. Do I just study for 6 months? Is there anything I can do to help my resume in the meantime while studying? I don't want to change careers without giving it just one more attempt (especially since I was off by a few points). I know that if I score well on Step 2, I will be able to figure something out for residency, even though it will be tough.

I am posting here because I feel that this category of the forum is more experienced than the Step 1 forum. You guys might know better. What would be the smart thing to do here? I don't know what to do. Advice would be greatly appreciated, good or bad.
*** Good day ! Failure in the next attempt will be unacceptable. Study harder. Follow the advices as above. However at your place I would also have a Plan B, i.e secure a residency outside the US. Who knows what might be awaiting you for the interviews. Please think about a Plan B also. May you reach your goals ***
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of course you should try again! and if you really want you will get it because 3 times it's too much..learn everything and finish with this already!
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